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RONN MOTT: Iraq, again

Mohammad, the prophet of Islam, lifted into Heaven on a rock, on a hill, in Jerusalem. The binding of military might and strategies, and a religion that was meant for everyone, began to fall apart at that time in history.

Today, the world is tasting the sourness of this religious split. Most likely, it will continue for many years to come. The Sunnis are leading this army and they wish to attack the capital of Iraq, capture it, and start a new Iraq which will have a strict, religious government.

The Sunnis have, with rare exception, the control of most of the states where the Muslim faith rules supreme. Historically, they have been the military leaders, the bankers and the rulers of government. The Shiites have been the poorer, less-educated segment of the Muslim faith and they have not been in the chair of leadership. There are some exceptions to this, but that in general is a true statement.  

After Saddam Hussein was toppled and put to death by an Iraqi court, the American government, once the main fighting was over, moved to have an election by the people of Iraq who would select, by their votes, the next group of leaders. They did that very thing. The Shiite part of the Muslim faith had the largest group of voters and they soon filled the offices with Shiites who did not stand much of a chance under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

This left the Sunnis without much of a word in the ruling government of Iraq. This is a simple statement, but one that is true. The Sunnis felt they should be in charge, not the Shiite community. Couple that with the fact Saddam Hussein’s political base was the Bath Political Party, in which his father and uncle had a part as the country of Iraq was formed many years ago. The blueprint of the Bath Party was Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party of Germany. It is no wonder they were voted out by the majority Shiites in Iraq. It also left a very large hole in the ruling people who were knowledgeable in the way of running a country.

Now, these same Sunnis have joined with these extreme terrorists, and their main goal is to rest the reins of power and government from the voted-in government that is mostly controlled by the Shiites.

We should have, in those early days of victory in Iraq, created a bipartisan Constitution and, somehow, someway, set this up for the Sunnis and the Shiites to share in control of the state of Iraq. That also means sharing the richness of their wealth from oil.

We didn’t do this, and now the Sunnis, who have hated the current government, are just a few miles away from running it out of Baghdad and running it out of control of said government. In case you haven’t heard, one of the biggest countries with a very strong military is the Shiite-controlled government and religious life in Iran. Expect to see a huge segment of men and materials going to help the Shiites hold off this Sunni revenge army.

I don’t believe there is a simple, straight forward, non-political historian in all of Washington, D.C. And, if there is, no one in the Bush administration or the Obama administration ever took the time to listen and learn. As I have written many times before, all of those young Americans will have died in vain, and the country will be in the hands of some religious fanatic.

May the God they pray to in Iraq look out for the innocence of the children, the women who have no say in any of this, and somehow, someway, bless all of them.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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