An excerpt from, "Islamic State conspiracy theories sway Iraqis" by Shukur Khilkhal, Al Monitor, February 27, 2015:
In a phone interview from Diwaniyah, Hamza Fadel Youcef, professor of modern literary criticism at al-Qadisiyyah University, told al-Monitor of a theory popular in his city involving an alleged Operation Hornet’s Nest undertaken by the international coalition. Youcef explained, “People believe that the US strikes IS in a certain region to eliminate its militants and allows the Shiite popular mobilization forces to enter the area. Then, the United States encourages IS to occupy the region again to eliminate the Shiite militants only to strike IS once again. Such a scenario ultimately leads to killing the biggest number of militants from both sides.”
According to Youcef, people believe this scenario because of stories told by members of the popular mobilization forces who participated in battles against IS. They claim that the United States abandons them as soon as they liberate regions from IS control. This allows the IS militants to regroup, like a hornet’s nest, and reoccupy the liberated region, and then the United States attacks them once again.Killing two birds with one stone. Very nice, great success.
It's obvious that Washington's policy in Iraq is to get Sunni extremists and Shiite extremists to fight each other in a last battle of Armageddon type scenario.
And they want to repeat this shrewd strategy across the Middle East, especially in Syria and Lebanon, where the seeds of sectarianism have been planted. In Syria they have been successful, with a little help from friends like Israel, who the U.N. has accused of supporting Al-Nusra on numerous occasions.
Is this policy defensible? Yes. Let's put it this way. The U.S. killed 500,000 innocent kids in Iraq in the 1990s as a result of its illegal sanctions, and its leaders have defended their actions without giving any rational or logical explanation. Two decades later, it is directing its power and might against thousands of terrorists. Moving from killing kids to killing terrorists in Iraq in a generation is a huge step in the right direction. This is what progress looks like, folks.
Historically, the U.S. is a country that is always reaching towards moral perfection, and this is another example of that long process. So this is a great leap forward. But Washington may not be done killing kids in Iraq just yet. ISIL terrorists are using child soldiers, and force-feeding children their dogmatic doctrine, so the prospect of terrorist kids is already here.
By the time they come of age, after gaining experience with executions and beheadings as kids, they will eat Iraq and Syria alive. And who knows where else. Saudi Arabia? Qatar? The children will eat their fathers.
And this war won't end any time soon. The child soldiers of today will be training the child soldiers of tomorrow. As long as the U.S. and its allies continue to pump money, arms, and fighters into Syria and the rest of the region, then children will be pulled into the conflict. It is a tragic and predictable cycle. This always happen in failed states suffering from prolonged conflicts, especially when international powers are keen on prolonging them to promote their own interests.
Who knows. The U.S. might be doing God's work in Iraq. Getting terrorist militias to kill each other is not a bad plan.
Both ISIL and extremist Shiite militias want to impose their worldview on people with force, and kill anyone who has a slight difference of opinion than them. Shiite militias are cleansing Sunni areas and confiscating the private property of average citizens, especially those who are sympathetic to ISIL, while ISIL terrorists behead innocent people for fun and wipe out entire villages, tribes, and towns that stand in their way, taking their women and children as captives.
No side is fighting a just battle with clean hands. And there is no accountability for them. Shiite militias are better in that they at least have leaders who can be held accountable to the public and to the international community, whereas with ISIS terrorists it is a free for all. They have no direction and guidance, other than from shadowy American, British, Turkish, Saudi, and Israeli intelligence agencies who are leading them to ruin.
Half the time they're too busy killing each other to worry about the Shiites, the Jews, the Americans, the Kurds, the Christians, the infidels from the West, the Yezidis, the Assyrians, etc. The unfortunate thing is that Sunnis are the majority in the Middle East, and a little bloodletting isn't at all fatal to them.