Iraq; ISIS; the Yezedi people; and the US

This is not a post of answers, it’s a post of questions, observations, and more questions.  It’s also not a post where I will be showing any pictures of the atrocities that keep showing up on my FB and Twitter pages.

 

Pro-War and Hyper Pro-War: Networks Showcase Neocons Despite Past Lies http://t.co/L5q42gzITb

To maintain and grow power, governments “will keep alive the fears of our people of the aggressive ambitions of other countries” – Flynn

David Stockman’s column – the best way I can think of to sum this up is “It’s a total mess, and what are we defending over there anyway?”  Maybe you can do better.

And yet….

Islamic State Selling Captured Yazidi Girls For $10… http://t.co/kS8ElrwFpM

Parents are throwing their children to their deaths rather than see them taken as slaves by IS.
-Assyrian Aid Society

Iraqi Minister claims ISIS buried 500 Christian women and children alive.

Gates of Vienna: “Public opinion in Australia has exploded in outrage over the “Australian” mujahid in Syria who posted a photo on Twitter of his little boy holding the severed head of an enemy, proudly captioned: “That’s my boy.” Prime Minister Abbott was among those who publicly condemned the posting of the photo.”

Boy’s uncle shrugs and says he’s sure we’ve all seen much worse than this.

(The image mentioned is not shown in this article if you want to click through and read it all):

MESSAGES about the threat of Islamic extremism don’t come much stronger than this week’s image of a seven-year-old Australian boy happily holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

Yet some still resolutely refuse to get that message. Here, for example, is the reaction of Labor’s Andrew Leigh to publication of that shocking photograph: “We need to celebrate the Australian Muslim community to recognise that there are many peoples of different faiths in the world and extremism comes in all sorts of guises. The Oklahoma bombing was carried out by a Christian.”

Noting that Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in his 1995 attack, US writer Mark Steyn responded to Leigh: “ISIS effortlessly topped McVeigh’s body count with just one mass grave in a town Andrew Leigh’s never heard of.

“That’s cultural cringing, too: At a time when Christians are being slaughtered in Iraq and their churches and shrines razed to the ground, Andrew Leigh feels the need to turn the clock back 20 years so he can indict Christianity.”

Not that McVeigh was motivated by Christianity, or even that he was a Christian. Andrew Leigh, as The Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine points out in today’s column, is simply trying to shift the focus away from a present and deadly force both within and without Australia. His evasions are inaccurate and cowardly.

Yazidis scrambling to escape into helicoptors- only 20 at a time can fit. There are 25,000 Yazidi people on the mountain:

Kurdish and Iraqi forces have been operating helicopter rescue flights in and out of the mountain where the Yazidis remain trapped. In missions Watson described as “heroic,” the local forces airlift supplies in and refugees out of the area.

The images coming out of those rescue flights are wrenching:

I’ll be honest- just the still photo of a mother and child on the helicopter made me burst into tears. I’m not watching the video.  And there’s nothing particularly graphic about that image- no visible wounds, the boy appears to be nicely dressed, their faces are a little dirty, hair a bit disheveled, but nothing shouts ‘humanitarian crisis here’, nothing that is, but the expression of terror, raw terror, on this poor child’s face which will haunt me forever.  God help him, and all his people.  I wish I could:

yazidi child fleeing

 

More here.

They are on the brink of annihilation. 

 

Meanwhile:

Obama vacations as the world burns – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/1syVfNV 

Remember that shortly after the Iraq war began, then President Bush vowed never to go golphing again while he was Commander in Chief and the troops he commanded were at war.

Here’s what Obama once promised:

You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure, is gone. I am giving myself to you.’

And the American people should have no patience through whatever’s going through your head [i.e., the President's head] because you’ve got a job to do.

And so how I think about it is, that you don’t make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice.

More here.

Former CIA chief- underestimating ISIS is a policy failure, not intelligence failure.

And this is also a good read. Here’s an excerpt:

One of the consequences of Barack Obama’s presidency will be to discredit the foreign policy of the “humanitarians.” It won’t be because people think it’s bad to feel compassion for the suffering of others. It will be because the loudly declared compassion of the humanitarians is revealed, in practice, as ineffectual posturing adopted as a substitute for actual strategy.

Once you read the above link, you might read this one, as both mention ISIS’ desire to be the Arab Caliphate, but from different perspectives.  Here’s an excerpt:

The brutal terrorist organization known as ISIS or ISIL, made up of former al Qaeda fighters, has renamed itself the Islamic State. The name “Islamic State” is self-explanatory and was chosen based on the group’s goal of establishing a caliphate by conquering as much land in the middle east and around the world as possible, beheading and killing anyone standing in their way.

Regardless of the terrorist group’s own classification and stated goals to implement and maintain an Islamist caliphate going back years, the Obama administration wasn’t worried about the “absurd” concept and had no plans to stop it from happening according to then White House Counter-Terrorism Advisor and current CIA Secretary John Brennen. From 2011:

“Our strategy is also shaped by deeper understanding of al Qaeda’s goals, strategy, and tactics over the past decade. I’m not talking about al Qaeda’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counter-terrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen. We are not going to elevate these thugs and their murderous aspirations into something larger than they are,” Brennen said.

What, if any, should the libertarian response be?  Maybe some insight here.

Leadership in denial about Islamic Revolution (which has been predictable for years – the goal has always been a worldwide caliphate), because it exposes their own dangerous naivety.

Read this, and the links (as much as you can stomach- there are not any gruesome, macabre pictures with the first link) to see what we are up against.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 13, 2014 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    (Brennan): “That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counter-terrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen.”
    Brennan’s excuse for this administration’s failure is absurd.
    Communism was also absurd. Absurd economic delusions killed tens of millions in Russia, Ukraine, and China.
    Absurd people can do a lot of harm.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      So true, so very, very true.

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