Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.
In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?
To better navigate into the Middle East in flames, let me share some religious definitions, words and expressions we will be hearing and reading a lot in the following weeks.
The U.S. aimlessly manages the symptoms rather than deal with root causes, which starts with the atrocities against the Palestinian people and extends to support for tyranny throughout the region to maintain the status quo.
The Iraq war handed over a Sunni-run country, Iraq, to the Shias, who are in a majority there. It also forged a close bond between Shiite Iran and Iraq.
Many things make the U.S. a military superpower, and not all of them involve blowing things up. The airdrops of food, water, and other supplies to besieged Yazidi civilians in Iraq highlight a corner of the U.S. military has particular usefulness for humanitarian purposes.
U.S. air strikes continue against the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" -- formerly the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS -- in the borderlands of Iraqi Kurdistan. American military action has been impelled by the genocidal ISIS threat to Christians and various small Kurdish and other religious minorities.
Ultimately defeating ISIL and bringing stability to Iraq and Syria can only be accomplished via political compromise on all sides and international cooperation. Turkey can play a key role as a regional champion for the region's Sunni and Kurdish communities.
Now is the time, Carl Bildt, to be a Minister of Foreign Affairs for the oppressed, to be the forceful diplomat that you assume yourself to be. Pick up the phone and call Kerry, Ban Ki Moon and the others you need to contact.
The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.
Peanut gallery criticism, which is what most of us offer, including at the moment Hillary Clinton, is disingenuous and counter-productive. It also sends a bad signal to the world that we don't know what we are doing, which is not true.
The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.
As Iraq faces a governmental crisis and collapses into what looks to be a three-sided civil war, Republicans even other Democrats are alleging that Obama facilitated the rise of the Sunni radical group Islamic State. Though I am no fan of President Obama, such logic is breathtakingly horrendous.
With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America's unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome to the Obama war.
President Obama's approval of airstrikes against the Islamic State and the first limited action around Irbil trail question marks. They pertain to aims, military effectiveness, and political consequences for dealings with all parties with a stake in the conflict.
Who are these guys, why are they so awful, and how can we account for their success? Many are trying to find specific answers, a few resort to racist slurs, but I hope to get to the heart of the matter by framing the questions in evolutionary psychology.