Who let the mobs out?
The ongoing crisis in Iraq hits headlines every day now without fail. The fourth global leader in oil production now fights to hold it together from mounting sectarian violence that is ripping through the nation. The Middle East is predominantly dominated by Shias except Saudi Arabia where Sunnis have an upper hand. Iran like the rest of the Middle East mates is Shia dominant. The land now has the battle ground for the three ethinic groups the Shia, Sunni and the Kurd desperately looking forward to register their supremacy.
Shias account for about 60% of the entire Iraqi population where the Sunni Arabs are minorities (only about 17%). The Sunnis were able to tackle the dominant Shias until 2003, thanks to the Sunni dominated Saddam Hussein regime. But the US invasion and the Iraq war that followed ousted Saddam, who was the gluing factor balancing and holding the sectarian hatred well checked within the safe zone besides merely rendering a dictatorial leadership.
The motto of whipping of the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) that led to the US invasion had soon been proved futile. Dick Cheney, the then vice president of America, played a key role in initiating this war popularly propagandized as the ‘war on terror’, which from then on became a politically fancy word. Since Saddam Hussein became the president of Iraq in 1979, the Sunnis despite being minorities were able to tackle the Shias. Though the friction always existed between the sects Saddam kept them under control exercising his power.
Saddam’s dictatorial regime was ended back in 2006, him being hanged. Since then violence erupted first at small scales, later on a massive scale. Bagdad became the epicenter of the violence, where bomb blasts became a routine. The unrest in the neighbouring Syria began to spread in the lands of Iraq.
The current outbreak in violence is carried out in a massive scale by the jihadist militant outfit the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant abbreviated as ISIL (also goes by ISIS). In the past few weeks they were surprisingly successful in capturing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq and began to diffuse their dominance in the adjacent areas. Recent news reports amuse at ISIL’s online presence and level of their organized online propaganda. Their advance clearly states their urge to make them more visible to the rest of the world. The Shia dominated ruling Iraq government accuses the Saudi’s funding the militants on the other hand recent reports has highlighted it’s Sunni hatred, with Iraqi police officers killing the Sunni insurgent prisoners. A usual sectarian conflict has now escalated to a civil war, characterized by its exorbitant thirst for civilian blood and though US can’t be blamed totally for the current babel in Iraq neither it can’t be ruled out completely being a cause for the crisis.
Iraq has now reduced to a land of street wars making its rich cultural history almost a distant memory even to Iraqis and death toll in the violence and bomb blasts has reduced to a number which when seen in the headlines of the dailies evoke our sympathies. But sympathizing for them is barely enough to keep them alive.
Some have shut down the local embassies (Turkey has recently shut down its embassy) and they rest keep their doors open only to receive their citizens living in Iraq. The thought of Universal Brotherhood seem more theoretical. This little piece of writing may not substantiate ‘Who let the mobs out?’ but would certainly insist it is the rest of the human kind that is letting them do it.