BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Well if the United States truly wants to end the war against Islamic terrorist groups, bombings and bullets are not the key to a successful plan for peace in the Middle East. In fact they are part of the reason we have the current issues in Iraq […]
Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Well if the United States truly wants to end the war against Islamic terrorist groups, bombings and bullets are not the key to a successful plan for peace in the Middle East.
In fact they are part of the reason we have the current issues in Iraq and Syria with ISIS, since we kill far more innocent civilians than we do terrorists, which makes us even more enemies, some of whom probably will become terrorists in the future, after seeing the burnt and charred remains of flesh and bone, from people they used to call mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew,son, daughter, cousin, friend, or neighbor, all residue left behind after one of our U.S drones or Tomahawk missles kills an entire family, often times the suspected terrorist they were hunting , was not even in the targeted area.
According to a Huffington post article posted on January 23, 2014, by Kerry Sheridan, “there were approximately 500,000 civilian deaths caused by the US led invasion in Iraq.”
Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs published a study online in march 2015, the stated stated ” 92,000 Civilians in Afghanistan have been killed and 100,000 wounded since the US led invasion in 2001.”
The 2nd problem, which obviously relates to the first one is, we have to stop going into other countries and interfering with their political and military affairs, be it when the U.S used the Ethiopian army as a proxy to invade Somalia in 2006 , which increased Islamic extremism in the region or when the U.S Disbanded the Iraqi army after the 2003 war, which caused many newly unemployed Iraqis with deadly weapons and tactical training to walk straight into the arms of ISIS. Our recent military history with Iraq and Libya proves we are far better at nation destroying than nation building, since both countries had very little Islamic extremism, Pre-United States interference, and are now a breeding ground of Islamic extremism. According to an article published on Time.com by Mark Thompson, on May 28, 2015, titled “How Disbanding the Iraqi Army Fueled ISIS” , Thompson stated: One expert estimates that more than 25 of ISIS’s top 40 leaders once served in the Iraqi military.
Yes both Saddem Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were brutal leaders and their nations were breaking many international humanitarian laws, but that does not give us the right to go into their countries, remove them and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process. Hell you can say the same about the United States two closet allies in the region when it comes to brutality , Saudi Arabia and Israel are the two kings of breaking international humanitarian laws . And lets not forget the United States herself was called out by the United Nations for her racism and police brutality. According to a NewsOne article posted approximately one year ago, Noureddine Amir, the vice-chairman of the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Amir stated:
“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training and law enforcement officials.” So lets first get our own affairs in order, before telling foreign nations how to get their affairs in order.
Now I obviously don’t know the keys for peace in the Middle East, and I will gladly admit the United States without a doubt employs far better educated and experienced people they can use to advise them than me. These are just my opinions based on facts, history and results.
But what I do know is continuing to invade and destabilize nations, kill hundreds of thousands innocent civilians as collateral damage, makes us less safe, not more safe, by increasing the recruitment of young and able men, ready and willing to die and kill to expel the invading and mass murdering crusaders.
Now lets just be honest with ourselves, and think outside of our collective alpha male American ego and put ourselves in an Iraqi person’s shoes , if the United States was attacked and occupied by a foreign nation, and hundreds of thousands of our citizens were being killed, there would be a swarm of white supremacist militias, and Christian hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan growing with new members, ready to fight and die to expel the invading military force.
And to anyone that thinks what I am saying is not true, here’s some facts for you:
In an article titled ” They Love to Hate, In Growing Numbers” by : Katti Gray of the Root.com, published on February 25, 2011, Gray states:
“There’s no question that Obama’s election drew people into the hate world. These groups’ [online] servers were crashing on the night of the election from all the traffic,” said Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Its spring 2011 Intelligence Report, released Thursday, lists 1,002 hate groups, a 7.5 percent increase since 2009 and a surge of 66 percent since 2000.”
And that’s only because Obama is the first half-black president , now just imagine the white supremacist domestic terroristic attacks that would being happening in this country if this country was being attacked by an foreign nation, inside our own borders, both to the occupying military and probably to minorities, especially black people.
Which proves war gives you more enemies not less enemies.
I am not even going to pretend l know how to fix the the current problems the United States has with ISIS and other terrorist organizations in the Middle East, but I do know three ways not to get us anymore.
1. Stop f#cking with other countries politics, it always comes back to hurt us in the end, from Iran to ISIS. We seem to create our own Boogie-Man! So President Obama, my fellow American, from the midwest ( you Chicago and me Detroit ) with an African father ( your father from Kenya and mine is from Ghana) ,please don’t take out Assad, I know he is a piece of Garbage, but most of our allies are too, plus taking him out will leave a hole for terrorists to fill, Iraq, Libya and even post Soviet war Afghanistan has proven that.
2. If we do have to attack another country, it’s because they attacked us or our allies first, like a Pearl Harbor or 9-11 situation. Not because we want to take their natural resources!
3. If we’re forced to go to war and defend ourselves, we must make sure we don’t bomb an entire city block to kill only four f#cking terrorists, which in the end will make us even more enemies, which kind of defeats the purpose of going to war in the first place. The same technology Edward Snowden revealed the United States has and still is using on us American citizens illegally, the United States must use that technology to pinpoint our enemies, and kill them with causing as little civilian casualties as possible.
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