Iraqis have questions about issues which look simple but are highly complicated

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Azzaman, July 5, 2014

Ordinary Iraqis raise simple questions for which they find no answers.

For instance, many wonder why the U.S. has not bombed the Syrian Province of Raqqa which, over the past two years, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has turned into an operational, logistics and military base.

ISIS operations and control are no longer confined to Raqqa. It currently controls large swathes of Deir al-Zour in addition to border posts with Iraq and almost all major cities in its northern and western parts.

But the U.S. seems to be determined to bomb certain Iraqi cities which have rebelled against the government in Baghdad because of ISIS, while the militant group is based in Syria.

The persisting question is whether it is possible for the U.S. to bomb all those who have rebelled against the authorities in Baghdad.

It is wrong to assume that only Muslim Sunnis have rebelled against the government.

Did not the Kurdish region rise against Baghdad and after a long period of severance of relations the Kurds now demand self-determination, vowing not to relinquish the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas, which their peshmerga (militias) have occupied?

The Iraqis may also wonder why on earth the government signed a security deal with Washington which has failed to assist Baghdad at a time assistance is most needed.

Ordinary Iraqis are not aware that under the terms of the security agreement Washington will only come to Iraq’s assistance in case of foreign aggression. Such an aggression is only possible if committed by Iraq’s neighbors.

Ordinary Iraqis are urged not to support the Caliphate, the state ISIS has announced, but at the same time they are told to back the holy march as represented by Velayat e-Faqih (the Iranian version of Islamic jurisprudent).

Ordinary Iraqis will remain in the dark as to who is with them or who is against them.