World involvement in Iraq is critical to saving lives and preventing a destabilized region from erupting into full chaos with disastrous worldwide implications
US military has engaged in air strikes against ISIS militant’s and some provisions are being air dropped to an estimated 40,000 thousand Yazidi minority (including 25,000 children) trapped on Mount Sinjar after fleeing from ISIS, both in northern Iraq. ISIS has been advancing into territory controlled by Iraq’s Kurds to separate them from Syrian Kurds (ISIS is fighting the Syrian government in Syria), devastating, brutalizing and killing minority groups including Christians, Kurds, and Yadizis (an ethno-religious minority of about 600,000 people worldwide described as a blend between Zoroastrianism and Islam, particularly Sufi Islam that ISIS refers to as “devil-worshipers). There are also American officials and advisers in Northern Iraq in the path of ISIS and harms way.
ISIS is a radical terrorist group that splintered from Al-Qaeda (deemed too brutal and hardline even for Al-Qaida and was disavowed by al-Qaeda leader, Aymen al-Zawahiri). Led by an Iraqi named Abu Bakr al-Gaghdadi, ISIS started as an al-Qaeda group in the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) but splintered in 2004 when it became the main Jihadist group in the Syrian war.
ISIS, as reported by Amnesty International, is engaged in abductions, detentions, torture, brutality and killings, including children as young as 8 years old, held with adults in detention centers.
The great danger of ISIS is its declared intent to recreate the caliphate–the historical Islamic state that once covered much of the modern-day Muslim world–with ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as its undisputed ruler. This territory would include, at minimum, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan with potential to engulf the whole region, including Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia… in a catastrophic war (Israel, of course, would be a main target as well). The fight for leadership of the global Jihadist movement and its domination with al Qaeda (Great historical overview by Aaron Zelin ) could throw this already destabilized region, with its vast oil and other natural resources, into utter chaos.
Considering the grave danger of an impending Genocide (on top of the hundreds of thousands already killed and the millions displaced in the region), the importance of a stable Middle East to world stability, energy needs and security as well as the fight against world terrorism, should the United States take decisive action (including building a world coalition and force) and lead a humanitarian and military force to eliminate the ISIS threat and help resolve the situation, or would this be an act of folly in a region better left alone?
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