• #SaveOurYazidi (in Iraq)

    August 8, 2014

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iran, Iraq, Military, Syria

    Show of hands: anybody out there who heard much of the Yazidi in Iraq before a day or two ago? Because our president is going to re-engage in combat in Iraq to save them. Airstrikes are now authorized!

    Save Our Yazidi

    Once upon a time placing America’s service people in harm’s way, spending America’s money and laying America’s credibility on the line required at least the pretext that some national interest was at stake. Not any more. Anytime some group we don’t like threatens a group we could care not so much about, America must act to save a proud people, stop a humanitarian crisis, take down a brutal leader, put an end to genocide, whatever will briefly engage the sodden minds of the public between innings and spin up some new war fever. Some of these crisis’ get a brief moment in the #media (Save our girls!), some fizzle and fade (The Syrian people!) and some never even made sense (Somebody in the Ukraine!)

    With some irony, “freeing the Iraqi people from an evil dictator” was one of the many justifications for the 2003 invasion.

    And so this week, apparently it is the Yazidis in northern Iraq. These people consider themselves a distinct ethnic and religious group from the Kurds with whom they live in Iraq, though the Kurds consider them Kurdish. Their religion combines elements of Zoroastrianism with Sufi Islam. One of their important angels is represented on earth in peacock form, and was flung out of paradise for refusing to bow down to Adam. While the Yazidis see that as a sign of goodness, many Muslims view the figure as a fallen angel and regard the Yazidis as devil-worshippers. Fun Facts: the Yadzidi don’t eat lettuce, either, and also boast a long tradition of kidnapping their wives. The photo above shows them slaughtering a sheep, which they do eat.

    Between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians (kind of a big spread of an estimate given how important these people are now to the U.S.) are currently stranded on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq without food and water, having been driven out of town by ISIS earlier this week.

    So, in response to this humanitarian crisis, or this genocide as the New Yorker called it, Obama’s answer is pretty much the same answer (the only answer?) to any unfolding world event, more U.S. military intervention.

    With no apparent irony, the White House spokesperson, surnamed Earnest (honestly, Orwell must be laughing in his grave) said on the same day “We can’t solve these problems for them. These problems can only be solved with Iraqi political solutions.”

    Obama also has said U.S. airstrikes on Iraq aim to protect U.S. military advisers in Iraq who one guesses are not part of that political solution by definition.

    Some Questions

    I feel for anyone suffering, and I have no doubt the Yazidis are suffering. But as we start bombing things in Iraq again, let’s invite Obama to answer a few questions; White House journalists, pens at the ready please:

    — Since this is happening in Iraq, and the U.S. spent $25 billion to train the Iraqi Army and sold it some serious weaponry, why isn’t it the Iraqis who will be doing any needed bombing? Is it because they are incompetent, or is it because the Baghdad government is either afraid to operate in Kurdish territory and/or wholly unconcerned what the hell happens up there?

    Yep, might be those things. The Yazidis have long complained that neither Iraq’s Arabs nor Kurds protect them. In 2007, in what remains one of the most lethal attacks during the American Occupation, suicide bombers driving trucks packed with explosives attacked a Yazidi village in northwestern Iraq, killing almost 800 people.

    — At the same time, since this is happening in defacto Kurdistan, and the U.S. has spent billions there since 1991 and supplied it some serious weaponry, why isn’t it the Kurds who will be doing any needed bombing to protect those they consider their own people? Hmm, just an idea, but the U.S. has recently imposed an economic oil embargo on Kurds to force them to stay with Iraq and they might be unhappy with American ‘stuff right now.

    — Outside Kurdistan/Iraq, the other major Yazidi population centers are in Turkey and Iran. So why aren’t they doing any needed bombing?

    — If indeed this Yazidi issue is a genocide, why isn’t the U.S. seeking UN action or sanction? The UN has, after all, started safely extracting small number of Yazidis. Could anyone help with that?

    — If indeed this Yazidi issue is a genocide, why aren’t any of America’s allies jumping in to assist in any needed bombing? Seriously, if all this is really so important, how come it is just the U.S. involved, always?

    — While saving the Yazidis is the stated goal, in fact any U.S. airstrikes are technically and officially acts of war on behalf of the Government of Iraq. And we’re also cool with that, yes?

    — And c’mon, isn’t this just a cynical excuse to tug on some American heartstrings, crank up the war fever and get us back into the Iraq war? ‘Cause even if that’s not the intention, it is a likely result.

    — And Obama, we’re gonna be cool announcing the loss of American life, again, in Iraq, this time to save the Yazidi? ‘Cause even though there are supposedly no boots on the ground, there is no way you are going to drop bombs near civilians you are trying to protect without Special Forces laying their boots on the ground to guide in the airstrikes. We are not Israelis, after all.

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  • Recent Comments

    • pitchfork said...


      quote”Seriously, if all this is really so important, how come it is just the U.S. involved, always?”unquote

      Seriously, because the rest of the planet who supported the Iraq war found out they were conned last time. Fool us once..comes to mind.

      And then..there’s this..
      quote” We are not Israelis, after all.”unquote

      ummmm..since when? If the recent unanimous “resolution” in Congress to support Israeli war crimes is any indication, you’d think every Congress scumbag’s last name ends in “berg”.

      Like I said, call me cynical, but none of this surprises me. Read my lips. We’ll be back in Iraq FULL FORCE within 6 months. Meanwhile..

      YES WE VAN!!!


      08/8/14 2:21 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      btw, I’m writing you in Peter. Lookin at what 100k “YES WE VAN” bumper stickers cost as I type. Where do you want your campaign office?

      08/8/14 2:24 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      ps..no more “bikini waxing” for you pal. You’ve got a destiny to fulfill.

      I’m not kidding.

      08/8/14 2:25 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      oh, btw, we’re also gonna form a new party too.

      Just think of it… TGOTJ. C’maan, there’s probably close to half a billion voters already in it. All they need to know is their identity.

      I can see the tv ad’s already. The opposition doesn’t stand a chance. Not a chance. In fact..

      bartender..pop a bottle of champagne..right now.

      Here’s to YES WE VAN!! Peter Van Buren..2016. yesireebob..they don’t stand a chance.

      08/8/14 2:34 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Sorry, my commitment to contribute as I can to the Hillary campaign is steadfast. She has kidnapped my children, so I have to stick it out.

      I’m also holding out for the revival of the State Dept initiative to re-re-construct Iraq. I’ll work for them as a contractor this time, better pay.

      08/8/14 2:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Obomb-da, the leader of The Dumbest Country on the Planet (TM).


      08/8/14 2:40 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      🙁 Well then, I guess I better cancel the press conference and the new Yes We Van twitter account. Damn. I was looking forward to the look on Hillary’s face.

      08/8/14 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      quote:”She has kidnapped my children, so I have to stick it out.”unquote

      Oh my, ..stick it out? ummm..and just what will Hillary do then? Wait..don’t answer that. It’s too early in the day to think about weird stuff

      bartender..a double. sheeesh.

      08/8/14 4:16 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Dang, and here I had all these…


      08/8/14 4:26 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      08/8/14 4:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Dang. Was looking forward to the day HRC had to debate you on topics one of you knows what he is talking about. You know her inside and out.

      08/8/14 6:20 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Rich said:

      quote”Dang. Was looking forward to the day HRC had to debate you on topics one of you knows what he is talking about.”unquote

      Youbetcha. Peter’s an expert on idiots. Especially when he debates one. She wouldn’t have a chance.

      08/9/14 1:53 PM | Comment Link

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