When we went into Iraq a few years ago I wondered why we were so eager to keep the country together as one, with the Kurds in the north not being liked by either the Shiites or the Sunni’s. It made sense to give each 1/3 of the country and set up 3 governments, much like when the former Soviet Union split. However, I was optimistic that the American style “melting pot” might work. Pat Buchanan said last year that at some point he believed that there indeed would be a civil War: “no guarantee Iraq will remain one nation, no guarantee there will not be chaos and civil war.” [Worldnetdaily.com] With some his anti-Semitic comments and outlandish claims about the mideast, this is one of the few things I have to agree with him about.
Then this week we have been seeing in the news:
Fighting erupted in several western Baghdad neighborhoods Friday evening after the expiration of a curfew that had been imposed throughout central Iraq after widespread religious and ethnic killings the day before.
While U.S. and Iraqi leaders continued to call for calm, there was broad uncertainty about the next steps to prevent Iraq from sliding into civil war.
Hours after Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a televised address that the government had secured religious shrines throughout the country, two rockets struck the tomb of Salman Pak, also known as Salman al-Farisi. Salman Pak was a seventh-century companion of the Prophet Muhammad, and Shiite Muslims revere his tomb.
Although the tomb has far less importance than the Samarra shrine that was bombed Wednesday – touching off the latest round of violence – Friday’s attack raised fears that Shiites would ignore the orders of their religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to refrain from violence.
Maybe now is the time for America to forget trying to set up the new government and train the new police. Maybe now is the time to just cut and run. America does not need to be involved in a civil war, and it appears within a month Iraq will be embroiled in a huge civil war between at least 2 of its 3 factions. The question is, will the Kurds join the fight? Which side will they join? Or will it be a three way war? Even the Iraqi President has said the negotiations this week between the Sunni’s and Shiites do not look good.
Mr. President, get our troops away from this Civil War. It is not our fight.