Iraqi Sunni men presented as former jihadists fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group who defected to join Iraq government forces take position in Amriyat al-Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 26, 2015. Iraqi forces took up positions on the southern outskirts of Ramadi, officials said, taking two neighbourhoods and moving into Anbar university. Army and police forces as well as allied paramilitaries clashed with IS fighters to take full control of Taesh and Humeyrah, an army colonel said. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq may not have the will to survive – and that’s not even the biggest problem

Airy talk of sending in troops distracts us from the hard work and tough thinking necessary to secure the international order

War is a contest of wills. Although determination alone does not guarantee final victory, its absence makes defeat all but inevitable.

Way back in the 1770s, Britain lost most of its north American colonies because rebellious Americans cared more about gaining their independence than George III and his ministers cared about preserving their empire. Today, if Isis fighters care more about creating their caliphate than Iraqis do about preserving their country, then Iraq may be doomed.

  • BillyHW

    Plague is the only solution.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Literally, the plague. Let everything collapse until cholera, malaria, typhus, typhoid, yellow fever take over.

  • marty_p

    the good thing about all the cowardice and chaos in the Arab world e.g. Iraq is that they could never mass a true threat to Israel….
    I still remember the comment that the Ariel Sharon character in the made for TV Golda Meir bio picture …. during the 73 war – as the tide of war changed from the initial Arab gains to the rout where Sharon crossed the canal and encircled the Egyptian 3rd Army… “They are back to being themselves and we are back to being ourselves”… seems somethings never change.

  • kGee

    They deserve to lose their land. We need to invade it , not ISIS. We are taking so many of these numb nuts from the Middle East.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    That’s a real nifty Czech VZ/CZ-58 that skull-mouth is packing…AK’s suck donkey balls, by comparison….

  • canminuteman

    Longer term peace will only come to the middle east when they redraw the borders along sectarian lines and become exhausted and bored with slaughtering each other. The wests reaction to this should be to keep muslims out of our borders so it doesn’t spread here and let them get at it.

  • There is only Islam. And this is what it does.

    Get the hell out of the way and let the Muslims kill each other.

    When they are done. Destroy anything that jeopardizes US interests. And that includes an Iranian nuke.

    The non-Muslim world needs to quit to PC BS and admit Islam is a killing cult. And we need to create a strategy to disassemble this scab on humanity.