Obama's Iraq Options
ISIS Is More Fragile Than It Looks
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  • Andrew Allison

    What are the implications for the Syrian conflict of “the surge of Iraqi Shiite militiamen streaming into Iraq from Syria?
    Isn’t the fact that the Kurds have taken over Kirkuk (and may well be eying Mosul), and will not give it up without a fight at least as important as wishful thinking about Sunni infighting (my enemy’s enemy and all that)?

  • Thirdsyphon

    I think the “dangerous and complicated” nature of this interminable and wildly unpredictable sectarian conflict is precisely what the Administration did foresee when it declined to involve our armed forces in the Syrian uprising.

    • Andrew Allison

      What’s complicated about a sectarian conflict which has been going on for 1400 years between Sunni and Shia, several thousand if to throw in antisemitism? Western democracies keep falling into the trap of thinking that such differences can, and should, be resolved amicably. The reality is that, as most recently demonstrated in the former Yugoslavia, under Saddam in Iraq and Assad in Syria, in most of the world it requires an iron fist to keep sectarians from each other’s throats.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    With the Islamic world expending all its resources and attention killing each other, we here in the West are all much safer. I hope this conflict continues to rage for years, until even the blood thirsty Jihadists are sick of the killing.

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