Iraq and Syria are being ripped apart by sectarian violence along the deep fault line of Sunni versus Shiite. Iraq and Syria are doomed, much like Yugoslavia was ripped apart in the 1980's and 1990's by its internal factions of Croats, Bosnian Serbs, and others.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS is the best funded terrorist organization in the world. The fall of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq may have netted ISIS over $400 million dollars from looting the Central Bank of Iraq. With ISIS's goal of killing ever non-Sunni Muslim, Syria and Iraq can never be pieced back together. A decade and half of violence since 2001 has shown that Sunnis and Shiites will never co-exist. Iraq has been a see-saw of retribution, with one faction exacting revenge when in power. Back and forth it went- Saddam Hussein led Iraq's minority Sunni population for decades, oppressing Shiites and Kurds. The invasion of Iraq and subsequent election put the Shiites back into power, and revenge was exacted on the Sunnis. Now the Sunnis are fighting back, exacting revenge on Shiites with predictable atrocities.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Americans view the ethnic violence from afar with disgust and superiority. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants. A melting pot. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free..."
Item: In 2007, Farmers Branch, Texas passed a law requiring all renters of property to prove legal immigration status.
Item: In 2010 Arizona passed a "Safe Neighborhoods Act" requiring all immigrants to register within 30 days of entry into the U.S. and carry those papers with them "at all times". Failure to comply was a crime. Police were authorized to stop any individual they thought was an immigrant to check their papers. In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the law.
"The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these homeless, tempest-tost, to me...."
Item: In the wake of Arizona's law, Alabama passed a law requiring children and parents to show immigration papers before children can enroll in school. Alabama also criminalizes most contact between citizens and illegal immigrants. Police are authorized to stop people under suspicion of violating the law and demand that they show papers authorizing their presence in the U.S.
Item: Civil rights org reports here:
This toxic environment, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, has caused a heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.
Item: Breitbart reports here:
In a one-hour video called 'Clanging of the Swords IV,' ISIS showcases what it appears to believe is the best the group has to offer to anyone interested in joining: mass executions, vividly documented drive-by shootings, and romantic background music about the greatness of Allah. The video is extremely graphic and difficult to watch...
"I lift my lamp beside the golden door."