It was a war that cost an estimated one trillion dollars, fought, we were told, as part of the global “war on terror”. But 11 years, on the invasion of
If there is ever a confirmation of the sheer madness of the 2003 invasion, it is that it has created a “super terrorist state” that stretches from
It is ruled over by the Islamic State of Iraq and
Their audacious capture of
The Kurds, who want
It is a conflict that could embroil
As the US-made Iraqi army disintegrates, the neo-cons and Blairites who are the true architects of this disaster, have the audacity to talk of “military options”. They even argue that western troops should not have been withdrawn in 2011.
At the time, the
Faced with a rebellion that united Shia and Sunni Muslims, the occupation opted successfully for a strategy that carved up state institutions by offering to hand the country over to Shia sectarian parties.
The second part of the strategy was the so-called “sons of
But this “surge strategy” triggered sectarian fighting.
The violence peaked in 2007. So did the
This puts pay to the lie that the
The Iraqi state that emerged under the occupation was corrupt and deeply divisive. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki deepened the schism by further alienating the country’s Sunni minority and threatening the autonomous Kurdish regions in the north
Disenfranchised Sunnis began peaceful protests in December 2012 in what was known as the “Iraqi Spring”. Security forces attacked the camps, killing dozens of people. Maliki then flooded Sunni areas with his security forces.
Thousands of people were rounded up, tortured and killed.
A deep disaffection with Maliki’s rule precipitated the disintegration of security forces in the face of
In a bleak and disturbing development,
The prospect of an intractable and bloody sectarian civil war in
Powerful protests keep up the pressure
Wilders gained from the nomalisation of racism
Musheir El-Farra escaped Gaza just last week