Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Founding of ISIS


Recently, Donald Trump claimed on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, that President Barack Obama deserves the blame for the Muslim terror group's rise because of the US military withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which left a power vacuum for a Sunni Muslim terrorist group to exploit.
In Iraq, the problem is 60 percent of the population of Iraq are Shiite, 20 percent Sunnis and 20 percent Kurds.  The Sunni population doesn’t want to be ruled by the Shiite majority, and Shiites don’t want to be ruled by ISIS, who are former Saddamists.

In 2010, Iraqi Shiite politicians refused to grant our troops immunity from prosecution.  Iraq’s Prime Minister Abadi, who is also a Shiite didn’t want our combat troops in Iraq.  However, he still wants our military to continue airstrikes against ISIS. 

Republicans remain critical of Obama’s withdrawal plan from Iraq and seem oblivious to the fact that the withdrawal plan was put in place by George Bush.  A Status of Forces Agreement was agreed to by Bush and the Iraqi government, who required, that it be approved by the Iraqi parliament.  Our Congress was never consulted.  Bush signed a deal requiring our combat troops to be out by 2011.  And, congressional Republicans did not complained when he signed it.

ISIS can be traced back to 2004, when Jordanian Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi became a major player in the insurgency against American led forces that had toppled Saddam Hussein.  They were also against the Shiite-dominated government that eventually replaced Hussein.

In 2006, members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, infiltrated a thousand-year-old sacred Shiite site in Samarra.  They planted bombs that destroyed the famous gilded dome al-Askari Mosque.  Those terrorist morphed into ISIS, and their savage act of religious vandalism started Iraq’s slide into a civil war.  

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