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Bosnia? Does anyone remember the Bosnian War of 1992? It came at a time when the Balkans were having a hard time with the break-up of the old Yugoslavia.
In 1992 hundreds of Bosnian Muslims and Croats were forced to flee their homes and many were systematically executed by Serbs…….but to be fair the Muslims did it also and the Croats retaliated….all created a helluva humanitarian crisis (key word for intervention)……..all this ethnic cleansing set up the region for a massive intervention from Western countries……
But first what is ethnic cleansing according to the UN? Ethnic cleansing “is a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas”.
The West joins in the fight and for 3 years an armed conflict ensued before a peace could be found to settle the region down. (If more info is needed may I suggest Google would be a good place to begin)
With that very short history lesson I am sure my readers would like to know where we go from there, right?
We are all aware of the problems in the Middle East…..especially in Syria and Iraq with the fight against the extremist group, ISIS…….and that is a problem for the whole world but beyond the fight there is a simmering pot that may make Bosnia look like a picnic.
Most people that keep up with the news and especially the war raging then they are aware the the Sunni do not like the Shi’a and vice versa…..they may know that the Kurds do not like either of those two and then there are other minorities that feel the pinch by the Sunni/Shi’a hostitlities…….
Coming out of Iraq last week was yet another report of Shi’a militias exacted retribution on locals after the defeat of ISIS…….as written antiwar.com……..
As Iraq’s Shi’ite militias take over Sunni Arab towns north of Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) expands its domain southward, they are increasingly running up against one another, and two major allies in the war against ISIS are quickly finding themselves in another shooting war, with each other.
The latest dispute erupted in the Diyala Province, between Kurdish-held Jalawla and Shi’ite controlled Saadiya. The Kurds reportedly tried to dig a trench separating the two towns and reflecting their efforts to increase the borders of their autonomous region, and a clash erupted.
Sunnis are caught between the two feuding factions……
How long before this becomes a shooting war between the Sunni, the Shi’a, the Kurds and any other minority that feels it is being targeted…..each faction retaliating against any one that comes near their homes?
ISIS is already cleansing anyone not Muslim or Sunni salafist to include Christians, Assyrians, Chaldean, Yazidis, etc……..where will this end?
Human Rights (OHCHR) released a comprehensive study of human rights violations committed by both IS and pro-Iraqi forces. The Islamic State, OHCHR concluded, has likely committed genocide against the Yazidis, a ethno-religious minority in Iraq, in a catalogue of war crimes and crimes against humanity that include gang-rape and sexual slavery. But OHCHR’s language is equally unambiguous in condemning the other side on the battlefield: “Throughout the summer of 2014,” the report noted, “[PMUs], other volunteers and [Shiite] militia moved from their southern heartlands towards [Islamic State]-controlled areas in central and northern Iraq. While their military campaign against the group gained ground, the militias seem to operate with total impunity, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.”
In the war against ISIS Syria has not been spared from actions bordering on ethnic cleansing…….this from ABC News…….
More than a dozen Syrian rebel and militant groups on Monday accused the country’s main Kurdish militia of committing “ethnic cleansing” against Arabs and Turkmen in northern Syria, a charge strongly denied by the Kurds.
“YPG forces … have implemented a new sectarian and ethnic cleansing campaign against Sunni Arabs and Turkmen under the cover of coalition airstrikes which have contributed bombardment, terrorizing civilians and forcing them to flee their villages,” the statement issued by rebel and militant groups said.
There are many other reports coming out of the region, some confirmed others not so, that point to a problem growing……and a problem that will become uglier and uglier and will most likely involve the rest of the world to end the practice of ethnic cleansing.
Another international problem is the use of a humanitarian crisis to escalate war powers by Western nations…….this situation will not end well for anyone……especially the US of A.