On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to Mosul to claim victory in the battle against ISIS. A few ISIS die-hards remain holed up in Mosul, but he is surely right that the battle over this city, which began nine months ago and has lasted longer than the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II, is more or less finished. (Stalingrad: 200 days. Mosul: 266 days, as of Sunday.)
Seeing the pictures of what Mosul looks like now reminded me of a trip to Ramadi that I took in 2007, almost exactly a decade ago, shortly after its liberation from al-Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Here is what I wrote: “Buildings are either entirely destroyed or badly damaged. Twisted girders jut into the sky. Piles of rubble are everywhere. Water sits in the streets; the water mains have been broken by countless explosions of buried IEDs. There are crater holes from roadside bombs every few feet.”
I can’t agree with the author’s “nation building” approach and I doubt the vast majority of Americans think it worthwhile to expend more blood and money on what is Islam’s civil war. So let them fight it out, at the end of the day there is nothing to be gained. The west has no allies in the Muslim world and never will, it is the nature of the beast. We don’t need their oil or their “friendship” let em have at it to their hearts content. Just bomb every last scrap of infrastructure in any Muslim state from which a terror attack on the west is launched, that will keep them at bay.