Are the war drums sounding in the distance, or is that live shelling? The first to sound the warning before all hell broke loose in Iraq was former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He warned the world of the impending threat from radical jihadists. Now, others are piling on including this report from Australia. The Prime Minister of Australia says that jihadists “can be given no leeway”. Well, they have had there way so far in Iraq and things aren’t going well in Syria either. In fact, the entire matter is coming to a head and that will require a “coalition of the willing”. President Bill Clinton is credited with inventing that phrase in 1994.
Western presence in the Middle East as colonial powers and capitalists has gone on for a long time. One can argue that the British, French, Germans, Italians, and Spaniards all had a hand in shaping the events and circumstances in the Middle East. And along came the U.S.A and our version of imposing democratic reforms with good intentions wrapped up in our lust for oil.
Like it or not, our values and respect for individual freedom and liberty is a better theme than ideology that is steeped in religious history that has surely lost its meaning and purpose.
While diplomats in Washington and elsewhere still hope that the Iraq civil war will not erupt into sectarian war among Muslims, it is too late for that. They are in denial of current events.
Those who want to split hairs between what is ISIL and al Qaeda and Sunni fighters have their work cut out for them. Doing that is an attempt to permit Sunnis a way to escape the wrath of being lumped together with terrorists.
“Hardened jihadists pose terror threat to Australia
JUNE 20, 2014 12:00AM
FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop’s warning about the potential terrorist threat posed by diehard Australian jihadists returning after fighting with extremists is a reminder of what is at stake after the advances in Iraq by the murderous al-Qa’ida offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
Intelligence agencies estimate at least 150 Australian militants are involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and others are no doubt preparing to join them. As Tony Abbott said yesterday, such extremists must be allowed no leeway to continue peddling the evil they are perpetrating abroad when they return to Australia. The cancellation of passports and revocation of the Australian citizenship of dual nationals are legitimate measures against those involved in terrorism who would seek to drag our country into the maelstrom. As recommended by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Bret Walker SC, the government must consider amending evidence laws to allow surveillance by the Australian Federal Police in countries such as Syria to be used in our court system.
A so-called “jihadist foreign legion” from across the world has assembled in Iraq and Syria, many fighting under the black banner of ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron is right when he says this extremist advance cannot be dismissed as a “foreign problem” far removed from Western capitals. It is no such thing. Every country whose nationals are heading to the terrorist front is potentially under threat.”
Read the report from the Clarion Project as it has detailed description of events. It is a conservative view, but in times of war, that may be the best.
“ISIS Takeovers in Iraq: Biggest Islamist Victory Since 9/11
The West needs to understand that ISIS’ motivation is explicitly ideological, Islamist and anti-democratic.
BY RYAN MAURO
Sun, June 15, 2014
The takeover of about one-third of Iraq by the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) terrorist group is about more than establishing a miniature caliphate and base for jihad. It is a challenge to the prestige of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri by ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims to be a descendant of Islam’s holy prophet and ridicules Al-Qaeda for not enforcing sharia (Islamic) law strictly enough.
ISIS (also known as ISIL, the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”) controls significant parts of northern and eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, having taken Mosul and Tikrit. (It is now threatening Baghdad and Samarra.) This means that ISIS directlycontrols about one-third of Iraq, a proportion that increases substantially if you include Sunni areas of western Iraq that ISIS has bypassed on its dash towards the capital.
This is arguably the biggest victory for an Al-Qaeda-type group since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the overall Islamist cause since the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Egypt in 2012.
Over 500,000 Iraqis—Sunnis aware of ISIS’s brutality—fled the Mosul area as the security forces melted away. Another half-million civilians were displaced earlier due to fighting in the Anbar Province. Over 150,000 Iraqi security personnel abandoned their positions as the offensive began, leaving behind uniforms and weapons. This number includes about 30,000 that fled when challenged by only 800 ISIS terrorists.
The question lingers of why U.S.-trained and equipped Iraqi forces capitulated so quickly. Iraqi forces previously battled Al-Qaeda and even Iranian-backed militias successfully and U.S.-trained Afghan forces have also shown to be durable.”