Friday, June 13, 2014

Iraq Into Civil War--Time Split Into Three Countries?

There is a saying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Normally sage wisdom to impart
But in Iraq the boundaries of which were created by an English pen’s stroke
The whole seems in shambles, seems totally broke
Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds in one happy border by pen defined
Sects and tribes that have been at each other’s throats for a very long time
First it was the British who acted as the proverbial cork to contain
Then a new cork a very brutal, ruthless dictator by the name of Saddam Hussein
His ego to attack Kuwait and then after losing on the Kurds and Shiites turn
Made him a despised tyrant and with the myth of WMDs for us in arms to return
With billions of dollars and thousands of casualties we keep the cork on the bottle
Until Obama fatigued pulled us all out pedal to the metal, full throttle
His handpicked premier was quick to remove the Sunnis and gut the Army to its core
Like a house full of termites the Army would collapse with but a rap on the door
Had Obama only listened and to his generals paid heed
And left a residual force which Iraq to retain the cork would need
Maliki’s actions that were so fertile to ISIS in Iraq breed
Might have been delayed before as today our sacrifices have now gone to seed
I do not think we can put Iraq into the whole put back
Not with centuries of sects against each other in full attack
In a world without ISIS pounding at Baghdad’s gates
Sound minds might have had the chance to create three separate states
Sunni Land, Shia Land and Kurdistan
A chance to bring some peace to that troubled land
Now we are left only with the specter of full Civil War
Tragic but if they kill each other until they can kill no more
Both sides will be so busy that there will not be time to the U.S. interests attack
Pipe dream perhaps; reality is that this mess is at the feet of Barack
The winner if there can be with thousands in a civil war soon to be  dead
The one and only Iran, moving its influence and nuke programs ahead
© June 13, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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