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A Britisher’s View

The “Cradle of Civilization” is behaving uncivilized now that its fate is in its own hands.

On June 30, the first day of the US troop withdrawal in Iraq, a car bomb blew up a city bazaar in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing dozens of people and blowing to bits any illusions that the pull−out would, somehow, calm that cantankerous, Muslim−majority country, whose only sane citizens appear to be the three−percentage of Christians and handful of Jews subsisting there in seclusion.

The following week, on July 8, two car bombs exploded in the northern province of Nineveh, wiping out at least 16 people. The very next day, a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the town of Tal Afar, near the Syrian border, slaughtering 34 civilians, wounding 70 others and racking up – in just nine days – a carnage count worthy of the Butcher of Baghdad.

President Obama has kept his campaign pledge and removed all combat soldiers from the Persian Gulf nation’s cities and towns, leaving behind only an instructive and advisory US presence there. That goodwill gesture, officially, terminates the Iraq War and returns sovereignty to a nation of still−warring Muslim factions, who seem oblivious to Chapter 49, verse 10 of their beloved Koran, which commands: “The believers are but a single brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers, and fear God, that ye may receive mercy.”

The Free World is beyond trying to figure out the violent yearnings of Islam’s faithful, which could once upon a time – at least in Iraq – be blamed on a maniac called Saddam Hussein. What’s the excuse now that the deposed despot is dead and the United States has retreated? Clearly, the problem goes beyond al−Qaeda and jihadists. The Muslim world needs to instill good citizenship campaigns in its lands to stop the unnecessary bloodshed over what amounts to poppycock.

Frustrated people tend to blame others for their own deficiencies. That grim scenario of Muslim disarray is hard at work in modern−day Iraq where the golden opportunity to establish a self−reliant, peaceful, democratic and reputable nation is being tossed in the trash by Sunnis and Shiites, who appear to be more concerned about intensifying their age−old religious gripes than with creating a better tomorrow for their children. For that, shame on the Muslim brotherhood.

Shame, too, on the Iraqis for their bitter disregard for the United States, to whom they should be eternally grateful for ending Saddam’s reign of torture, rape and murder. We knew that tyrant possessed weapons of mass destruction – or at least knew how to get them – because he had used them on fellow Muslims during the Iran−Iraq War of the 1980s, most notably during the poison gas attack of March 16−17, 1988 on the Iraqi Kurdish town of Halabja which, instantly, killed up to 5,000 people and injured close to 10,000 civilians.

Six years and 4,321 American fatalities later, the Iraq War is no longer a US priority. That would be cause for celebration were it not for a gloomy fact peering over the horizon: Whether in the Free World, the Third World, or in their own world, Muslims are hard−pressed to yield to peace and harmony because they are proud to live and die by the sword. Shame on them.

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