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Too Many Civilians Died in Mosul. We Need to Protect Them in Raqqa


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Too Many Civilians Died in Mosul. We Need to Protect Them in Raqqa.

Federico Borello

Iraqi forces have retaken Mosul in Iraq as U.S.-backed Syrian forces close in on Raqqa, the last major urban stronghold still held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The outcome of the larger struggle is not in doubt: ISIS will be militarily defeated. The key remaining question is how many of the hundreds of thousands of civilians still trapped in Raqqa will die in the process.


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'The essential job is to get people to recognise war propaganda when they see it, especially when it is disguised as peace propaganda.'-George Orwell

There is no freaking way we can 'win' anything in Iraq. Mosul will 'fall' again within 2 years.

We destroyed this nation, & no way would any citizen of that nation with any horse sense trust us.

Our presence in the region created ISIS. We must pull out, & hope that others will clean up this mess. And stop believing the lies our media & govt. tell us.


#3

Ah, how nice, CD picking up an article from USA Today! And one so humanitarian at that! Too bad it says nothing about the causes of these conflicts (all the fault of US policy), the US's aiding and abetting the ISIS rebels with weapons (and occasional air support), all in the pursuit of "regime change" and regional dominance, and the government's unwillingness to seek a definitive settlement of the problem, since that would go against their policy of destabilization and regime change.

Fake news is alive and well at CD.


#4

I could have easily mistaken this "humanitarian" author for a Pentagon spokesperson.


#5

Let the UN take over, which is better than the US itself and the few other countries that want a piece of the action. You want to help civilians? Get the US out of the Middle East. Thanks


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The outcome of the larger struggle is not in doubt: ISIS will be militarily defeated. - Federico Borello

The notion that ISIS will be militarily defeated is absurd. Sure, the US military, US backed military forces, Russian military forces, etc. may force ISIS militants out of Mosul and Raqqa, but even if every ISIS leader, soldier, supporter, and sympathizer were killed, the conditions that brought ISIS about, including foreign imperial oppression, remain as does the ideology which, in part, is a response to foreign imperial oppression.

It is absolutely true that folks who support social justice must work to ensure that civilians are not killed in war. That's precisely why we need to work to bring an end to war mongering and promote non-military/non-violent strategies for promoting peace and justice.