Is Al-Baghdadi alone responsible for Iraq's gruesome condition?

A militant with gun in his hand
Who is responsible for the persistent intolerable, gruesome condition of minor girls, women, the elderly and anybody else who are living in today’s ISIL controlled parts of Iraq? Undoubtedly, you will say Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant, today’s most cruel terrorist group commonly known as ISIL. Al-Baghdadi should definitely be blamed for turning Iraq and some of its surrounding areas into a hell, but I would like to blame the American government’s policies for the problem as well.

America was against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain, who ruled the country from July 1979 to April 2003. Many attempts were made by America to dethrone Mr. Hussain; many economic and military sanctions were imposed on Iraq during his regime, apparently to weaken the country and force him to quit the throne.

Eventually in 2003, a coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq, even as many big countries like Russia, China and India opposed the move. Mr. Hussain was captured in December 2003, and finally executed in December 2006. Meanwhile a transitional government was established, which was finally replaced by the Iraqi Transitional Government in 2005.

But, the long clash of interests between America and the Iraqi dictator left someone in the doldrums again – the common Iraqis, as the country continued to grow weaker and weaker. Mr. Hussain was a dictator, and he might have misused his power. But, no one could dare to wreck havoc against Iraqis during his regime.

After the death of Mr. Hussain and the establishment of a parliamentary government, Iraq should have grown more powerful; but the country failed to maintain even the little power it had in the final years of the dictator. For instance, thousands of Iraqi soldiers surrender earlier this year to a few hundred ISIL militants, leaving young girls and women to be raped and men to be murdered by the militants.

Fanatic people like Al- Baghdadi can attack only the weak. In today’s world, only two ways can ensure safety – either take away weapons from each and every country or equip each and every country with weapons to maintain balance of power. American should have allowed Iraq to maintain enough military power to protect her boundaries and people from the likes of Al-Baghdadi.



5/16/2015
Is Al-Baghdadi alone responsible for Iraq's gruesome condition?
A militant with gun in his hand
Who is responsible for the persistent intolerable, gruesome condition of minor girls, women, the elderly and anybody else who are living in today’s ISIL controlled parts of Iraq? Undoubtedly, you will say Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant, today’s most cruel terrorist group commonly known as ISIL. Al-Baghdadi should definitely be blamed for turning Iraq and some of its surrounding areas into a hell, but I would like to blame the American government’s policies for the problem as well.

America was against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain, who ruled the country from July 1979 to April 2003. Many attempts were made by America to dethrone Mr. Hussain; many economic and military sanctions were imposed on Iraq during his regime, apparently to weaken the country and force him to quit the throne.

Eventually in 2003, a coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq, even as many big countries like Russia, China and India opposed the move. Mr. Hussain was captured in December 2003, and finally executed in December 2006. Meanwhile a transitional government was established, which was finally replaced by the Iraqi Transitional Government in 2005.

But, the long clash of interests between America and the Iraqi dictator left someone in the doldrums again – the common Iraqis, as the country continued to grow weaker and weaker. Mr. Hussain was a dictator, and he might have misused his power. But, no one could dare to wreck havoc against Iraqis during his regime.

After the death of Mr. Hussain and the establishment of a parliamentary government, Iraq should have grown more powerful; but the country failed to maintain even the little power it had in the final years of the dictator. For instance, thousands of Iraqi soldiers surrender earlier this year to a few hundred ISIL militants, leaving young girls and women to be raped and men to be murdered by the militants.

Fanatic people like Al- Baghdadi can attack only the weak. In today’s world, only two ways can ensure safety – either take away weapons from each and every country or equip each and every country with weapons to maintain balance of power. American should have allowed Iraq to maintain enough military power to protect her boundaries and people from the likes of Al-Baghdadi.