A Note on the Airstrikes

As everyone knows now, Obama, usually a good friend of the Islamic State, has in the past few weeks began performing concrete action against it. Does this negate my position that Obama is a firm supporter of the Islamic State and all the instability in the Fertile Crescent and Libya today? No.

Obama only began countering the Islamic State when it approached dangerously close to the city of Arbela after its decisive victory to the Southwest of Gaugamela. Apparently, the integrity of the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is infinitely more important to the present American administration than the fate of the Kurds of North Syria, the fate of the Shiites of the region of Baghdad, the fate of the Syrian rebels in the region of Deir ez-Zor, or the fate of the Christians who once used to reside in Raqqa and Mosul. That’s a pretty big list. Iraqi Kurdistan is, it seems, a vital client state of the United States, effectively allowed by it to export oil to Turkey without the permission of the Iraqi government. Iraq, if with Maliki, is not. Let us see how the present Iraq, without Maliki, will be treated by the present American administration.

In other news, the media silence on Turkey’s complicity with the Islamic State’s expansion has finally ended. I am very surprised.

Edit: Even Turkey has begun to attempt to reduce Islamist militant activity within its own borders. Apparently, it wants to keep the instability it has created in Iraq and Syria in Iraq and Syria, not within its own territory. This goes for the Syrian rebels, too. Of course, South Carchemish and Tell Abyad are still in Islamic State hands, thus demonstrating Turkey has no full-fledged war on militant Islam.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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