By now many people are aware that al-Qaida has moved into Iraq and has even taken over some towns. According to The Wichita Eagle the group is positioning itself as a vanguard defending the Sunni community against what it sees as persecution by Shiite-dominated governments across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
But how can this happen? Wasn’t the Iraq war supposed to be a part of the “War on Terrorism?”
History of the US Iraq War
In March 20, 2003, President George W. Bush, possibly one of the most inept and idiotic president of our time, launched the US war on Iraq. The U.S. and Britton claimed that Iraq had all kinds of weapons of Mass destruction. While that was the main accusation against the regime of Saddam Hussein (صدام حسين), there was more. Bush had accused the Iraqi government of being part of an “Axis of Evil,” along with Iran and Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea. These were the three countries Bush hated the worst.
The other argument was that Bush was allowing al-Qaida to move in his country. This was only three years after the 9//11 attack on the World Trade Center. Even though al-Qaida had publicly condemned Hussein for running a secular regime and there was no evidence the group was in Iraq. However Bush new a lot of US people might never realize this war had nothing to do with 9/11.
Hussein and his army was no match for the largest most modern army in the world. The regime was quickly overthrown and the US occupied the country. Bush set out to build a puppet democracy, where all political parties and persons not connected to the old regime could take part. Hussein was captured and executed. His sons died in a shootout.
By February 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of 1 September, the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom." All throughout the war Bush and his people came up with cutesy names, such as "Operation Enduring Freedom."
But not all went so well. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found. Abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib became public and action had to be taken against soldiers who were responsible. While Bush tried to declare an end to the war shortly after it had begun, violence against the US troops got so bad he had to put in a “surge” of new troops the put down the violence.
Remember Folks—al-Qaida was the actual organization responsible for the 9/11 world trade center bombings. Now they are getting a foot hold in Iraq—the very country US troops were suppose to be fighting in to keep terrorists out.
In a related problem the US has contributed to is that the Syrian rebellion whose aim was the removal of President Bashar Assad (بشار حافظ الأسد) is spreading far beyond that country’s borders. Al-Qaida and its allies have made inroads in Syria, so now they are easily able to move into Iraq. The US has been trying to support pro-Western rebels, but that aid is likely spilling over to the anti-US Islamic groups.
THE IRAQ WAR WAS A MAJOR FAILURE BY ANYONE’S STANDARDS. AND AIDING ANTI-GOVERNMENT REBELS IN SYRIA IS ALSO A MAJOR MISTAKE.