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In Iraq today, Haider al-Abadi, US-installed prime minister, gave a speech broadcast on state television. ALSUMARIA reports he expressed dismay over the ongoing political crisis and spoke of the plan (hope?) to liberate Mosul.
For those who have forgotten the Sunni terrorist group the Islamic State seized control of Mosul in June of 2014. The two year anniversary approaches.
Where's that liberation effort?
Two years that Mosul's been held and controlled by the Islamic State.
This as Corey Dickstein (STARS AND STRIPES) reports:
Roughly half of Iraq’s American-trained security forces are stationed in and around Baghdad to protect the country’s capital, where recent political turmoil was followed this week by a wave of terrorist attacks, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.
Half the forces are protecting Baghdad?
There's your clue that Haider's government is not working.
Not to mention the fact that last month, with all that Baghdad protection, Moqtada al-Sadr's zombies still managed to storm the Green Zone and storm Parliament.
Haider al-Abadi is a failure.
Nouri al-Maliki, former prime minister and forever thug, used his second term as prime minister (2010 through 2014) to harden divisions along sectarian lines. The Shi'ite politician went after Sunnis. He persecuted them.
They protested and did so for over a year and never got a fraction of the world press' attention that Moqtada al-Sadr's zombies got for one Saturday faux-test.
The world has turned its eye away from Iraq, yes. But worse was it turned its back on the Sunni suffering.
The Sunni people were persecuted. they were disappeared, they were taken away from crimes that others were alleged to have committed (Shi'ite forces show up to arrest a man and he's not there, they take a parent, a wife, a child instead), the Sunni politicians had their homes circled by tanks, at what point does the world pay attention?
In March of 2013, activists in Samarra put their message on display.
"Obama, If you Cannot Hear Us Can you Not See Us?"
They even made it real simple, they put in English in the hopes that the west would notice and carry the message.
That didn't happen.
What did happen?
For one thing, the following month, Sunnis would be slaughtered at a protest elsewhere.
April 23, 2013 massacre of a sit-in in Hawija which resulted from Nouri's federal forces storming in. Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk) announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault. AFP reported the death toll eventually (as some wounded died) rose to 53 dead. UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured).
And the west yawned, if they bothered to acknowledge the massacre at all.
How did a Sunni terrorist group like the Islamic State flow into Iraq and set up roots there?
Because you had a government that was persecuting and killing the Sunnis.
Sympathy was created.
They were able to present themselves as "defenders."
And they were able to seize that role because the world didn't care.
The White House didn't give a damn.
They installed Nouri for a second term (after he lost the 2010 election) and they looked the other way.
They never condemned anything.
They didn't even condemn the massacre in Hawija -- which was only a larger scale version of events that repeatedly took place.
That's why the Islamic State was able to take root in Iraq.
And until this is dealt with, there is no solution or moving forward in Iraq.
I guess the Iraqi government could kill off every Sunni in Iraq and maybe then they could 'resolve' the issue.
And possibly that's the 'plan'?
But the only way to have a peaceful solution in Iraq is to end the persecution of the Sunnis and allow for a true partnership to take place.
Does Haider al-Abadi grasp that?
There's no indication that he does.
Of today's speech, PRESS TV reports he declared, "The political conflict among politicians and their impact on the brave security forces permits acts of terrorism to occur."
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