If you haven’t been paying attention, you should be. Iraq is falling to a group commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL. That’s an acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and/or Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. So far, two major cities have fallen and ISIS is on the march towards Baghdad. They are cleaning up any opposition as they go by horrific executions, including beheadings and crucifixions.
When I was writing my thesis on Iraq in 2009, this was its stated purpose:
“This thesis studies two different styles of warfare as conducted in Iraq: Information Operations and Asymmetric Warfare. The purpose is to show how perception shaped events and impacted the different styles of conducting warfare through the use of propaganda on the part of U.S. and U.S.-led Multi-National Forces and Al Qaeda, the Global Jihadist Movement, and the Anti-Iraqi Forces Insurgency.”
At the time of writing, I reviewed many videos showing the beheadings. As bad as the images are, it was the sound itself that lingers in my mind. There were rumors from my contacts of crucifixions on a grand scale, but I couldn’t get anything solid. Today, there are photos.
At this moment, President Obama is thinking over what we might do. He’ll be thinking that over while en route to Palm Springs for a Democratic fundraiser…. I agree, it is not an easy decision to make. You can’t please anybody this time around. The Middle East is melting down.
Oh, and there is that slight problem closer to home. You know, the one with the thousands of children crossing the borders, right? If not, here are some reports. If that link doesn’t work, just google “children crossing the u.s. southern border.”
Update: It was just announced we have no plans to evacuate our embassy in Baghdad because it might send the wrong political message. Let’s see, five Taliban for one American; how many we’ll we trade for the survivors? Benghazi, anyone?