Iraq – If “The Past” Means Three Years Ago, You Can Blame The Americans – If “The Past” Means Two Days Ago, You Can Blame Iraqis Themselves – 19 May 2013

Here’s a news story from the past, as chronicled by the United Nations News Centre, that should remind Westerners of the horrors of the war in Iraq.

The UN’s Special Representative to Iraq, Martin Kobler, was moved to say this about the horrors of that time: “Small children are burned alive in cars. Worshippers are cut down outside their own mosques. This is beyond unacceptable. It is the politicians’ responsibility to act immediately and to engage in dialogue to resolve the political impasse and put an end to this.”

Perhaps you might be thinking that so many of these lives could have been saved if coalition troops had left Iraq, instead of facing a determined effort from insurgents to resist Western imperialism.

That might make sense if this were a news story from before 2010. But this news story from the past is from two days ago.

Either 170 people died over the course of the last two days to liberate Iraq from Westerners that are not even occupying that country any longer, or something else is going on here.

The idea that these bombings have anything to do with the US or Westerners is so unsupported as to scarcely merit consideration at this point. That being the case, I invite you to seriously consider what that “something else” could be that motivates these bombings.

The Syrian war has emboldened Sunni paramilitaries in Iraq, including those linked to al-Qaeda, to attack the Shi’a-led Iraqi government, which is tacitly supportive of Syria’s Assad regime. In other words, the recent uptick in attacks in Iraq is attributable to the continued existence of the Assad regime, and the opportunity provided by the Iraqi government’s expressed sympathy for Assad.

Yes – in case any of you hadn’t noticed – America’s presumed puppet government in Iraq is a supporter of Assad in Syria, and has been since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011 (check out for more about that). Given that, it’s hard to make a claim that somehow the Iraqi government is still the mouthpiece of the Americans or Westerners…if anything, they are a mouthpiece for Iran.

The Sunni strategy is perfectly straightforward and likely to meet, frankly, with much success – while the Shi’a-led Iraqi government buddies up with Assad, it will be a lot easier to reignite tensions between the various religious and ethnic groups in Iraq, as they had tried to do earlier on with less success. The Shi’a aren’t exactly distinguishing themselves right now as the regional distributors of democracy, so the chances are the Syrian war can be leveraged to provide good propaganda in support of Sunni terrorist efforts in Iraq – they can count on the fact that fewer and fewer in Iraq will want to lay down their lives to defend the good government they are supposedly getting from the Shi’a.

So here’s the deal – the US and its allies are out of Iraq, and have been for three years, and yet Iraqi Muslims still have found rationales to kill other Iraqi Muslims in those three years, completely without Western help (and indeed, much to the consternation of Westerners), while the question of whether or not to help a Muslim dictator in the next country over accelerates the amount of killing of more Iraqi Muslims by other Iraqi Muslims.

Can someone tell me what the Statute of Limitations is on blaming Westerners for killings in Iraq, no matter when or how they occur? Can someone tell me when we’re going to start attributing mass killings in Iraq to the groups that are actually doing the mass killings? And when do we start expecting armed groups representing the “religion of peace” to start acting peaceful towards one another?

Probably all that will start when people finally clue in that Westerners aren’t the only group of people that can be responsible for things – so maybe the time is now to start getting a clue.

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