Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Iraq: Update--Shi'ite Leadership Has Justification to Worry...A Lot!

According to Reuters, the line outside the Iraqi passport documentation office stretches down the street. The people of Baghdad, particularly those that are Shi'ite, are fleeing a Sunni insurgency barely a dozen miles outside of Baghdad.

The militant offensive, spearheaded by the puritanical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in alliance with other anti-government tribes, has seized majority Sunni areas across the north and west of the country.

The fighters' rapid advance has halted about an hour's drive north of the capital and even closer on its western outskirts, bringing renewed fear to a city of 7 million people where memories of a sectarian bloodbath are still fresh and daily suicide bombings are still as routine as the weather.

Baghdad is mainly divided into Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods, some still sealed off by razor wire and even concrete blast walls.

Sunni militants regularly detonate bombs intended to kill Shi'ite civilians. 

COMMENT: By now, with Sunni insurgents literally miles away of Baghdad, Shi'ites, when they go to bed at night, no doubt seriously consider whether it would have been "safer" to share power with the Sunnis, yet that amounts to a "spilled milk" exercise that can only be described as an exercise in futility.

Sadly, the Iraqi Army, sworn to protect "all foes, foreign and domestic," have chosen to become cowards.

Some Baghdad residents are seeking refuge in the country’s Kurdish north, which is relatively secure. That may last temporarily...until their true colors are identified.

Others, understandably, simply wait for their lives to potentially end. And, not well.