The ISIS Terrorist Group is on a killing spree, murdering hundreds of men and women. Moreover, what’s appalling is the fact that majority of the victims of these acts of terrorism are innocent women and children. As the Iraq conflict starts to overwhelmingly resemble Hitler’s “cleanse,” except the fact that the ISIS is targeting Christians, the U.S administration isn’t sure whether to label the crises as “political” or “military.”
In his Saturday’s press conference, President Barrack Obama put forth a statement that sums up what the American government thinks about the raging terrorism in Iraq, reportedThe Week. President Obama emphasized the need for Iraqi political reform to solve the ISIS crisis saying:
“Ultimately, there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem. There’s going to have to be an Iraqi solution.”
This line alone serves as a clear indicator about America’s perception of ISIS and its reign of terrorism. You can understand why the American government’s approach to the ISIS group and the goals of its military are much narrower than what you would normally expect from a country that claims to uphold the basic freedom of humanity.
While ISIS terrorists are committing horrendous acts of barbarism, the U.S. government appears concerned only about its own citizens present in the region. The American objectives for Obama’s airstrikes in Iraq are very clear, and very restricted. American airpower will protect Iraqi Kurdistan from the advance of militants from Islamic State (ISIS), and will attempt to break the ISIS siege that’s starving up to 40,000 members of the Yazidi minority on an isolated mountain.
America sees ISIS as, at its heart, a political problem, one that can’t be solved solely with force, reported Vox. Ironically, the virtually unrestricted march by the ISIS terrorists group on Kurdistan and the siege on Sinjar are clearly military problems, and thus should merit military solutions. This distinction between military and political problems is at the heart of the Obama administration’s thinking on Iraq.
Apparently, ISIS isn’t just a group of gun-toting, trigger-happy group of terrorists. Perhaps it is a retaliatory expression of the Sunni Muslim minority’s anger at the Shia-dominated government. Sunnis are the minority in Iraq, and based mostly in the country’s northern half. Moreover, they have seen their political power decline strongly since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Sunni government, which is now mostly Shia.
The American administration’s take on the ISIS terrorist group may not be absolutely clear, but their war crimes are there for everyone to see. Shouldn’t the American military step in and end the brutal procession involving merciless massacre led by the ISIS?
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