Let me preface this article with: the title is purely conjecture although it does have merit. Now that we have THAT out of the way, let me lay out for you, exactly why I do believe Barack Obama is using the US military to promote certain religions in Iraq.
I have been following the ISIS Crisis since it began and I’ve often said — we can’t do anything for them.
1) If we attack/invade we will only create more hatred for the United States, thus an increased risk for terrorist attacks on our shore (to use their own words).
2) If we try to pick sides, we will simply mess it all up again. Perhaps our best strategy would be to watch how it plays out.
3) ISIS has shown great restraint when taking over cities. The US Media portrays ISIS as this horrible terrorist group, but eye-witness accounts of ISIS treatment of everyone has been, for the most part, good.
4) The United States decided to begin an air-strike campaign only after a large, but relatively small, Christian group had been cut off from the outside world on Mount Sinjar. Also noteworthy is the fact that many of those people, the Yazidis, practice their own religion, even though most of the US media reports them as Christians.
What we have here is religious propaganda. Our US media is using Christians as a reason to begin air strikes against Iraq. Before the Christian population was “at stake,” the Obama administration didn’t do a whole lot.
Here are a few reasons I have come to the conclusion that Obama is using the military to promote religion (these are quotes from various news sites):
This quote comes from USA Today:
President Obama said Thursday that he authorized “targeted airstrikes” if needed to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq, as well as airdrops of food and water to religious minorities in Iraq who are under siege from Islamic militants and trapped on a mountaintop.
This quote comes from Vox:
is that ISIS has treated Iraqi minority groups absolutely brutally during its advance.
This has included Christians and other groups, but in early August ISIS began threatening Iraq’s Yazidi group, who are trapped in a horrifying plight. The Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority with about 600,000 adherents worldwide.
This quote comes from America Magazine:
hey went missing around the time the militants shelled Christian villages outside of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, forcing more than 40,000 Christians to flee, many with just the clothes on their backs. The majority of Qaraqosh’s 40,000 inhabitants are Syriac Catholics.
So here we have a few US News websites citing Christian and religious minorities in Iraq as the focal point of the decision to go ahead with air strikes. Granted, the government isn’t going to admit this is the reason they are bombing Iraq, but it goes to show one of the main focuses of this campaign — religion.
Our government isn’t allowed to do this, however. This quote prevents our government from ordering such things based on anti-Islamic fundamentalism or pro-Christian fundamentalism:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
This comes from our First Amendment, which means our government cannot pass laws (i.e. give ‘go-ahead’ for wars or military operations) based on a position to protect Christianity while preventing the spread of Islam. Time and time again, I read the US media citing ISIS as anti-Christian terrorists, but when you actually look at what they’re doing, you’ll find nothing of the sort.
For example, Al-monitor reports this:
According to Ahmed, the local population in Mosul welcomed ISIS. “The people in Mosul do not like Daash, or Maliki, but they now feel better under Daash, and water and electricity returned.
And then here:
More witnesses confirm that ISIS treated the civilian population well, and told them that they would only punish those who work with Maliki.
Keep in mind, those two quotes came from Mosul, which is a city housing one of the, if not THE, largest Christian populations in Iraq. I bet the US Media won’t cover that part of the story will they?
BBC reports that:
Isis standard governance practice now also includes establishing public welfare programs, offering countless forms of social service, commercial good quality inspections, tax offices, transport companies and much more.
We have a horrible terrorist organization that gives electricity and water to the people in Iraq. Then they provide social services to people throughout the nation. Yet, they are a terrorist organization and deserve to be ‘put down’. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in what ISIS is doing, nor do I believe in the forceful takeover of the country, but what I completely disagree with is using the US military as a religious tool. I also disagree with propagandizing the entire ISIS crisis in Iraq by painting them to be horrible terrorists when they treat people with respect, put up social safety nets, and bring cities back from the brink of total destruction.
What do you think? Should the US bomb Iraq because of ISIS or should we find other ways to empower the people of Iraq? Or, is ISIS Iraq’s answer to a region that has been plagued by the governance of Nouri Al-Maliki?