Here we go again. The congressional elections are approaching and the war drums are pounding louder.
Saddam Hussein was the despot that we helped prop up to manage an arbitrarily created piece of real estate known today as Iraq. Like most of the Middle East, the European “infidels” in their great wisdom carved up these tribal lands of this vast area into random divisions and installed puppets to run them. When countries got too uppity like Iran, and installed a democratic government, we helped overthrow those who were elected and put up the Shah. When the Shah was deposed after a revolution, we armed the strongman Saddam Hussien and the Iraq-Iran war was launched. It lasted for 8 years and cost up to a million and a half lives. It also saw Hussein using western supplied weapons of mass destruction against civilians. If they get too militant, like invading their neighbor (who happens to supply us with lots of oil) we launch wars like Desert Storm. But if they attack a neighbor we don’t like (Iran), we egg them on and supply lots of arms.
Our biggest blunder came after 9-11 when, just because George W. felt like it, we attacked and overthrew our puppet that we had armed and supported all those years. Remember all the promises of success and how all the oil money would pay to set up a new democratic Iraq?
What we got, is what will always happen in the Middle East as soon as the boot heel of oppression is lifted. The sectarian rivalry’s made worse by artificial and arbitrary borders flare up again.
So now the Sunnis, who are the majority across the Middle East but an oppressed minority in Iraq and Sryia, are rising up to set up their own country the Islamic State of Levant or Syria.(ISIL/ISIS)
Why the hell would we stick our nose back in this mess?
In Countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somolia, that we have not declared war on, we are bombing and shooting men, women and children (not to mention assassinating US citizens). Our continued drone strikes and targeted assassinations are already starting to create new terrorists around the world, whose perceived enemy is the US.
Involving ourselves in the civil war in Syria and Iraq would only create more such terrorists bent on killing Americans. There is no possible outcome that favors the average American except staying out of this civil war. The best way for the US to stay secure is to stop meddling in the Middle East and to use the tax money saved on the implements of war to bring our country into true energy independence.