Perhaps they are striving to brag about their inclusivity. The emergence of the Southern Iraq division of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marks an expansion of operations. AQ can now be said to be attacking Shia and well as Sunna on a more equal footing. The only section of Iraq so far immune to most (though not all) AQ attacks is the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.
It’s hardly acceptable any more to answer “I don’t know” to “Who was responsible for that bombing?” Even guessing that it was AQ stands a good chance of being correct. A recent (ISIL) publication detailed 7,681 attacks from November 2012 to November 2013. That almost doubles 2012 figures. And now they are bragging about the increasing number of foreign killers who died in suicide attacks, posting their pictures and listing their home countries.
And let’s not lose sight of the families and friends directly affected by these attacks. A level of dissociation in the general Iraqi populace allows media to show pictures of families picnicking in sunny parks. Behind the laughter is the deep fear and knowledge that precious life can end at any moment. It’s not Zen. It’s the constant paranoia of prolonged trauma.
We can only hope that our past failed endeavors to ‘free’ people and spread Democracy will influence foreign policy and rein in our militaristic approach to peace.
April 9, 2014 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact