To begin with let me state the following: I am convinced that Bush’s administration committed an act of treason by pushing the United States into the criminal war and occupation of Iraq.
Greed and arrogant ignorance motivated these people who now have the nerve to blame the Obama administration for Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence.
Balance of power in the Middle East.
There was a fragile balance of power for a while. Iraq and Iran were at each other’s throats.
With the reckless invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US broke the power balance and allowed the destabilization of the region.
And now the mess in the Middle East.
The mess that the British started by creating countries and borders without taking the nationalistic and religious differences into consideration.
Iraq with a 60% Shiite majority and Kurds as a semi-independent region but ruled by the Sunni minority .
Syria is an ethnic and religious patchwork. Three quarters of the around 22 million Syrians are Sunni Muslims. Alawites and Christians each represent 10 percent of the population. On top of that, several hundred thousand Druze, Shiites and Yazidi also live in the country.
The reckless actions of the Bush administration invading Iraq and breaking the fragile standoff between the Sunnis and Shiites in the region created a vacuum of power and an opportunity for different groups to advance their agenda.
Once the strongman, Saddam Hussein, was removed and the governmental structure dissolved, the long simmering religious animosity took over. And currently the Sunni militias supported by Saudi Arabia advancing to Baghdad are establishing the Sunni region that includes part of Iraq and part of Syria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_in_Iraq_and_the_Levant
So what now? Restore the balance.
Shiites in Iraq are supported by Iran. Sunnis are supported by Saudi Arabia and the rich Golf states.
Should the US use it’s military? To do what? To support whom?
Who do we support? And how? Both sides! The U.S. and it’s allies should work with both sides making sure that neither side gets a clear advantage…but not direct military support. Do it behind the scenes. Use proxies. Use diplomacy or whatever means possible. Quietly! And don’t let these chihuahuas like McCain and Graham change your course. They will yap no matter what you do.
Iraq and Syria are not real countries and will break apart sooner or later. The ISIS – – the so-called Islamic Republic is dangerous and should be controlled and defeated. Iran and Iraqi Shiites will take care of this.
The goal is to push both sides toward some kind of agreement that will stop the violence but will keep them busy watching each other.