Monday, November 03, 2014

Tribe not an ethnicity, so no outcry

From a Reuters report on large scale massacres of the Albu Nimr tribe in al-Anbar province of Iraq --

One of the leaders of the tribe, Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, told Reuters that he had repeatedly asked the central government and army to provide his men with arms but no action was taken. State television said on Sunday that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered airstrikes on Islamic State targets around the town of Hit in response to the killings. Officials at a government security operations command center in Anbar and civilians reached by Reuters said they had not heard of or witnessed airstrikes.

The US is intervening to hold together a country whose government has apparently little interest in holding it together.