Documentary: Sectarian Death Squads in Iraq

The violence in Iraq is multifaceted, not only formented by terrorist groups but by clans and ethnic militias in a form of ethnic cleansing as they battle over political and regional resources. The bulk of Iraq is Shia Muslims with healthy populations of Kurds and Sunni’s. There are Shia and Sunni death squads operating in and around Baghdad, the intermixing of of militia members into the Iraqi Armed Forces and Police forces excascerbates the problem.

I believe this is a CBS production and it runs for 47 minutes, it is well worth the viewing time to gain some insight into how these issues are being played out.

Note: This documentary is not for the faint of heart, proceed with caution. A direct link to a larger version of this film is here.


4 Responses to “Documentary: Sectarian Death Squads in Iraq”

  1. Iraq has turned into THE greatest American debacle ever.
    We are stuck with NO good options.Is this something that we can somehow blame Ted Kennedy for getting us into ?

  2. As nice as it would be to pull a Chappaquiddick on the whole thing it really isn’t possible. I don’t think there are any “easy” solutions to this problem and ultimately I think it will be a case of the strong “conquering the weak” to bring any semblance of peace there. The Coalition forces certainly won’t bring it, not because they don’t mean well but because they aren’t ruthless enough to completely defeat thier enemies.
    The battle for ultimate power among Iraq’s is being fought under the noses of the army and police units, it won’t take long after the Coalition forces withdraw for the bloodshed to peak and taper off with one side or the other standing as the clear victor. I suspect that victor will Iranian backed militias with Iranian “advisors” (special forces)… Mahdi Army anyone?
    Thanks for stopping by,

  3. I would agree that will probably be the outcome. That is part of the reason that I would like to see a draw down, redeployment, get the hell out of there plan to begin asap.
    After Iran exerts its control over that area we can begin to look at whether we were better off with saddam in power as a counter to Iran

  4. I don’t really see a cut-n-run withdrawal as an option, “if” the US withdraws before the Iraqi .gov is stable enough to defend themselves Iran will gain (complete, uncontested) control of the oil fields in the south along the Gulf. With combined output I suspect they would then become the worlds 2nd largest supplier, shortly thereafter a “Superpower” and then a “nuclear superpower” when they test their first nuke-device.

    A real SHTF situation would then become immediately apparent if Iran (and their allies) start another major War with Israel.

    With that in mind I would increase troop levels to the point where we could not only defeat insurgents in an area but hold it from being retaken. Keeping Iraq from becoming a sharia state or proxy of Iran is of the upmost importance. If either of these two goals are met it could be considered some level of “success”.

    The question to answer now isn’t “if we were better off with Saddam in power as a counter to Iran” (and thusly, was the invasion justified) but “what can we do to stabilize a non-sharia law government in Iraq and protect Iraqi sovereignty from Iran and Syria in the future”.

    Your approach looks like “leave now and find someone to blame for the mess” when it should be “clean up the mess and learn from our mistakes”.

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