Will to Fight and Ethno Religious Cleaning in Iraq

Iraq Map

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter: Iraq’s ‘will to fight’ at issue after Ramadi defeat.

“What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter told CNN’s Barbara Starr. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight, they withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.”

The idea of an United States of Iraq seems foreign to the US policy makers. It is not a North vs. South civil war that is over slavery but generations long religious hatred of each other.

Saddan Hussien, a Sunni, suppressed and killed hundreds of thousands Kurds and Shia during his reign. Even after the first Gulf War, Hussein killed the Shia uprising  resulting in hundreds of thousands deaths.

Ramadi is in the pink Sunni Arab Section of Iraq. Why would the Shia dominated army want to fight to protect the Sunni majority city where they are not welcome.

The outcomes seems to be settling along religious ethno lines. The peach and yellow areas are the contested areas. If ISIS can cause the Shia minority to flee, then the their war will win in Iraq. They will seize more and more weapons. The eventual hope is to unite the Syria Sunnis with the Iraq Sunni population.

History has shown that Yugoslavia separated along the ethnic lines and so will Iraq.

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