Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Diyala scares me

The ISIS attack on a mall in Baghdad yesterday was nasty, but for some reason attacks in Diyala tend to be scarier in terms of the escalation and retaliation that follows. As usual, retaliation means collective punishment against the suspect community. In this case several mosques and shops were torched and about a dozen people were executed on the streets by unknown militants. Sunni residents were told to leave the town. Worse things could follow...

What will it take for the human race in general, and people in the Middle East in particular, to recognize that collective punishment is a failed counterproductive policy?

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