Iraq Update: Chaos in Syria Spilling Over, Spilling Blood
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  • Again – build a fence around the entire region, sell them all the arms they want & put a phone booth in the middle. Call the civilized world when it’s over.

    Far worse than NAZIism. How did our “leaders” allow this to happen, and why do they continue to do so rather than just destroy it as we did that other tyrannical death cult, the NAZIs, which were not NEARLY as barbaric as islam?

    No future historian will ever understand how the West let islam grab so much power and devolve so many human beings to the Dark Ages without even putting up a fight. Insanity.

  • Kris

    “The conflict has dramatically fanned insecurities of Iraq’s ruling Shiite establishment.”

    Perhaps al-Maliki and Co should have considered a slightly more inclusive approach to governing? Do we need to once again pray for wise guidance from Ayatollah al-Sistani?

    “it plans to renew its violent campaign and ‘rock your seats of power.'”

    I doubt the Sharif will be amused.

  • Nathan

    I’m not convinced that Iraq’s government, while fragile, is as vulnerable to this particular sort of chaos as Syria is. The Islamists are part of the coalition that is fighting Assad, but they hardly did it on their own. Defectors from the military and the general public are (so far as I am aware) critical components of the Syrian rebels.

    While Iraq has its own problems, I really doubt that Islamists would have any real support from the public. As far as I’ve heard, Iraq’s basic democratic institutions are more or less intact and that’s a source of strength itself. Plus, Iraq’s government was born and raised fighting insurgents…I doubt it is ready to topple to them immediately.

    The danger is real, though.

    PS: In any case, I don’t think I’ll mourn the passing of any Ba’athist regime. Those folks are scary.

  • Andrew Allison

    Surely what we are witnessing is an Islam-wide revolt against minority-religion rule. History suggests that the revolution will be bloody, with the likely outcome being partition into Shiite- and Sunni-majority governed States. I fear that @1’s suggestion may, indeed, be the best approach.

  • how the West let islam grab so much power and devolve so many human beings to the Dark Ages without even putting up a fight. Insanity.

    You know, homicide rates in Latin America are commonly between 6x or 10x the mode in the Arab world. I think about 70,000 people were killed during the Salvadoran civil war, which ran on for 12 years in a country with about 6 million people in it. Another 150,000 were killed during the succession of insurgencies and counter-insurgencies in Guatemala between 1960 and 1996. Did I mention the 250,000 or so corpses in Bosnia and Krajina, supplemented with those in Kosovo?

    One Arab country after another has a perfectly rancid political culture and sometimes that has horrendously sanguinary effects. However, there is a world of hurt out there.

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