How Many Sides can a War Have?

Most people think of the conflict in Iraq as a war between us and them. Unfortunately, the problem is not nearly that clear.

Many of the Muslim inhabitants of Iraq would love to see the U.S. forced out of their country. Many of the combatants are Al Qaeda, but quite a few are just Iraqi patriots.

And then there is the blood-letting going on beyond where the American forces are. I am sure most have heard of the fighting going on (and most of it more bloody than that in which our troops are engaged) between the Sunni and Shiite factions of Islam.

But beyond these conflicts with Muslims killing Christians, or Shiite killing Sunni, there is yet further hostilities going on. It seems the Shiites, and the Sunnis, have several different branches and each of these are struggling for the dominance of their sect.

So, there are plenty of varieties of war going on in Iraq. Sunnis can be found fighting Americans, Shiite, or even other Sunni factions. Shiites can be found fighting Americans, Sunni, or even other Shiite factions. All three can be found fighting Al Qaeda factions, and two (Sunni and Shiite) can be found fighting against the new Iraqi government.

And the problem is getting even more complicated with our Peace-nik President expanding the war in Afghanistan.

There is really nothing new to this factionalism except for the presence of the American forces there. If we would simply vacate the region, they could get down to their centuries-old violence without our presence.

Some prefer to call it “cut and run”… I call it getting our unwelcome presence out of a conflict we have nothing to do with.

Do you recall the old definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results“.

I wonder if Obama can get on the short list for the Noble Prize in that category? (Or has he already been announced the winner?)


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