Amer­ica Fears of a Viet­nam War In Iraq and An Iraqi Sit­u­a­tion Re­peat­ing It­self In Syria

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Gazi Has­san EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR

One of the most im­por­tant things the U.S me­dia keeps stim­u­lat­ing is the re­oc­cur­rence of the fear, catas­tro­phe and de­struc­tion that the US army faced in Viet­nam. Dur­ing the first steps of the war against Sad­dam Hus­sein's regime, which was de­cided by Ge­org W. Bush, a psy­cho­log­i­cal and mil­i­tary fear was raised against mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions for top­pling Baath Regime in Iraq. It's true that more than 4000 US soldiers were killed in Iraq; but at the same time, thou­sands of civil­ians, soldiers and Baath's men alike, who were work­ing with the po­lice and in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, were killed in Iraq as well. Af­ter the li­bra­tion op­er­a­tion, form­ing a new govern­ment, the elec­tion and the with­drawal of US troops from Iraq, due to a strate­gic agree­ment, thou­sands of civil­ians be­came vic­tim to ter­ror­ist at­tacks and ex­plo­sions. Ter­ror and po­lit­i­cal crises still go on till this very day.

It's also true that Amer­ica couldn't find Sad­dam's chem­i­cal weapon, and Bush has ad­mit­ted that they had been pro­vided with in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the chem­i­cal weapon, but un­til now he is re­gret­ful of li­brat­ing Iraq from dic­ta­tor­ship of Sad­dam Hus­sein. What's im­por­tant is that Viet­nam didn’t oc­cur in Iraq; how­ever Iraq hasn't be­come the demo­cratic coun­try which blood was shed for. From thou­sands of kilo­me­ters' dis­tance, Amer­ica made the de­ci­sion and sent troops to end Iraqi peo­ples' suf­fer­ings. It's true that the cruel au­thor­ity of Baath's regime ended, but in­ter­nal is­sues are still in con­tin­u­a­tion.

This time, the Amer­i­can me­dia raised their fear of re­oc­cur­rence of Iraq's sit­u­a­tion in Syria, mak­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of the us­age of the chem­i­cal weapon cre­ated by Bashar As­sad against Syr­ian peo­ple and de­manded ac­cu­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions in or­der not to face the same sit­u­a­tion in Iraq re­gard­ing banned weapons.

Let's be hon­est, Amer­ica and the en­tire world knows that Sad­dam Hus­sein has used chem­i­cal weapons against Kurds in Hal­abja, Bal­isan and some ar­eas of Bad­i­nan. Hal­abja has made left no doubt. Syria also has used this weapon, and Bri­tish PM an­nounced that they have cru­cial ev­i­dence that the weapon has been used in Syria. So why do Amer­i­cans re­sem­ble their fear to Syria as to Iraq?

They do not fear the turn­ing out of the ex­is­tence of the chem­i­cal weapon to be a lie, but they do fear sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ist Is­lamic group's con­trol over strate­gic po­si­tions in ad­di­tion to the emer­gence and ex­ten­sion of re­gional crises.

Let's look at the mat­ter clearly; sec­tar­ian con­flict in Iraq oc­curred in 2006-2007, and in the last month alone, af­ter Sun­nis' protest against Ma­liki and the in­ci­dent of Haw­ija, civil war is ex­pected to emerge again. Some peo­ple be­lieve that this war has passed the stage of fear and con­cerns have al­ready emerged, be­cause Sun­nis reached the stage where they be­lieve that they have to start an armed strug­gle, which ex­pands the ground of dis­putes and war fur­ther.

Civil war has started in Syria; Alawis doubt their fu­ture in fear of post- As­sad stage, when Sun­nis will take power. The bal­ance will change, they, as today in power mi­nor­ity, will be­come op­po­si­tion and won't be able to face any­thing. The Syr­ian army is fight­ing against Sun­nis in Ba­nias and other ar­eas, so all the mat­ters went be­yond the pos­si­bil­i­ties and fears.

Ex­trem­ist Is­lamic groups, in­clud­ing Al-Nasra Front, are rul­ing ar­eas that As­sad's regime has lost con­trol over. What's more se­ri­ous, they have taken con­trol over Dair-Al­zoor's oil wells. They're also able to get weapons from their part­ners.

Amer­ica fears that in case of sup­port­ing op­po­si­tion, weapons will reach the hands of ex­trem­ist Is­lamic groups, but this is­sue went be­yond fears too, and these groups have al­ready got weapons and are sup­ported.

An­other point of the fear is that the re­la­tion be­tween Sun­nis of Iraq and Syria will move the re­gional crises into an­other di­rec­tion and Iraq will face se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal crises.

The events may be as such, but rais­ing all these fears hasn't given the op­por­tu­nity to Bashar As­sad to con­tinue on his mas­sacre and his re­la­tion­ship with Iran, Hizbulla, and Rus­sia, and to con­tinue on strength­en­ing him­self. Only tak­ing the con­trol back over some ar­eas which was un­der the con­trol of the op­po­si­tions, are de­scribed to be caused by the in­ter­na­tional hes­i­tance. At the same time, fear­ing of Al-Qaida and Baathists' re­turn, Iraq is also per­mit­ted not to end its po­lit­i­cal crises, and Nuri Al Ma­liki is per­mit­ted to move to­wards to dic­ta­tor­ship and ig­nore the ba­sic prob­lems.

The re­sult is that all our fears have oc­curred. We no longer have to men­tion our fears and wor­ries, but rather do some­thing to pre­vent our fears from hap­pen­ing. The ex­trem­ist Is­lamic groups are get­ting stronger in the ab­sence of Amer­ica and the West. Civil war has also started and more than 70,000 peo­ple have been killed, and daily mas­sacre is go­ing on. Is­rael has be­gun mis­sile air jet at­tacks on Syria. An­other fear is pro­vid­ing Syria with anti-air jet mis­siles by Rus­sia and strength­en­ing Syr­ian air de­fense. We saw nei­ther Viet­nam oc­curr in Iraq, nor will Iraq's sit­u­a­tion be re­peated in Syria, but the re­gion is head­ing to a se­ri­ous fire. The fire can be put out and sanc­tioned within Syria by hur­ry­ing to make changes in the method of gov­er­nance and by set­ting lim­i­ta­tions to the au­thor­ity of Syria by diplo­matic or even mil­i­tary pres­sures, be­fore the fire crosses out of Syria and ex­pands in the area.

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