The warmongers are using their favourite excuse, claiming they are intervening to solve a humanitarian crisis.
The Islamic State, the Sunni Islamist group formerly known as ISIS, has continued to gain ground in
Its tactics are brutal and sectarian. It has massacred prisoners, and sent thousands of refugees fleeing its advance.
It has now taken
But bombs from US fighter jets will not help.
Bassem Chit, a socialist in
“It will create further grounds for the escalation and development of extremism. It will also enforce the sectarian policies of the Iraqi state, which is a major component of the problem.”
The rise of the Islamic State is a product of the long occupation of
The current Shia-dominated Iraqi regime led by Nouri al-Maliki has consistently pursued a sectarian agenda.
Iraqi socialist Sami Ramadani told Socialist Worker, “The US and Western media are again shedding crocodile tears and using a humanitarian catastrophe in
“Emergency humanitarian help to Yezidi, Christian and Shia communities is essential. But this has to be done through genuine humanitarian organisations.
The danger of even deeper sectarian conflict is also signalled by the intervention of the Iranian military, who have already carried out drone strikes.
As Bassem points out, “It was the US-led war on
The national demonstration in London and the all Scotland march in Edinburgh in solidarity with the Palestinians tomorrow, Saturday, are also an opportunity to show the scale of opposition to