While you might be preoccupied with the spurious storm of contrived accusations known as the 24 hour news cycle, something wonderful is happening in the world. First off, ISIS, the organization that has become synonymous with Islamic terror, has been almost completely decimated. Secondly, a new pro-western nation has the potential to be born in the Middle East – and most Americans are paying no attention to it.
If you pull up the headlines since 2014, you will see an unceasing and vivid series of consternating stories about the Islamic State’s threat to the west. As quickly as they leaped to the forefront of every American editor’s desk, ISIS media coverage would virtually disappear as the November election came, with the media spotlight firmly affixing itself to Donald Trump.
According the General Rupert Jones, Deputy Chief of the combined joint task in the region, more than 35 thousand ISIS fighters have been killed since the conflict begun; the total number of ISIS was believed to be around 40 thousand people. The two largest ISIS held cities, Raqqa and Mosul, are encircled and are expected to fall in the immediate future.
The peace created by the Islamic State’s departure is likely to cause as much confusion as during the organization’s 2014 arrival. In both Syria and Iraq, the Kurdish forces have taken over much of the formerly ISIS held area – regardless of if that land had been Kurdish owned in the past.
Despite the tremendous amount of praise the Kurds deserve after their fight against ISIS, Amnesty International researchers have found cases where Kurdish forces have ethnically cleansed areas predominantly populated by Sunni Syrians and Iraqis. This act would constitute a war crime, for what that is worth in the 21th century. However, the story on the ground is very different than what AI has reported.
Have you ever wondered how 300 ISIS militants overwhelmed the 660,000 citizens of Mosul? The answer is simple: the people of Mosul, Raqqa and the other ISIS held territory anointed ISIS as their rulers, not fell to them in battle. The Kurdish led, American backed taking of the Sunni territory might have been veiled as an attempt to liberate, but you can’t liberate what is not forcefully held. This was a conquering – and that’s ok.
The Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria have become known for their inclusive societies, known for taking in refugees of all religious beliefs. Though 97 percent Sunni Muslim, the Kurds have a long tradition of persecution from their Arab Islamist neighbors. For this reason, as long standing sufferers of countless fatwas, the Kurds have an understandably measured view of Islam.
Recognizing who is an enemy and who is a friend was the major issue of the Obama regime. Under Trump, the United States has already begun dealing with the Kurdistan Regional Government directly, which had not taken place during the prior administration.
With many of America’s false allies in NATO standing by their deplorable counterpart in the Neo-Ottoman Empire, America must be unafraid of ignoring the borders created by the culturally ignorant, financially blinded British empire. Will America stand with the phoenix of this story, or will it choose to simply watch the continued burning of the region?