A new story on life after the take over by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mosul reveals the bizarre existence for academics at places like University of Mosul. ISIS has outlawed lessons on democracy and political thought in favor of concentrations on religious indoctrination and Sharia law. Not too surprising, ISIS also banned hotel management and tourism and archaeology.
Every aspect of life has been reordered in line with Islamic principles from vaccination schedules to fishing methods to rent disputes.
Given the continuing campaign of ISIS to destroy ancient sites and artifacts in the region, the archaeology faculty must have known that they were at the greatest risk in the ISIS move to bring the university in line with its Islamic values. Likewise, tourism is not a priority for ISIS, which continues to pay top dollar to take Westerners to ransom or behead as part of its blood-soaked culture.
One concession to the college students: foosball will be tolerated . . . so long as there is no gambling, no cursing or resentment and that the figurines have no heads. It is the same game of course but the headless figurines look like the other Western individuals who have the misfortune of encountering ISIS.
58 thoughts on “ISIS Bans Archeology and Tourism Studies At Mosul University While Cutting The Heads Of Foosball Figurines.”
Indiana Jones in 2015:
“ISIS… I hate these guys.”
Just when you thought the Khmer Rouge were the worst in the world, I suspect they will have a tough challenger.
Everything you foist forth here is balderdash.
9/11 and Iraq: The War’s Greatest Lie
John Glaser, March 18, 2013
An investigation by a committee in the House of Representatives in 2004 identified “237 misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq that were made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice. These statements were made in 125 separate appearances, consisting of 40 speeches, 26 press conferences and briefings, 53 interviews, 4 written statements, and 2 congressional testimonies.” According to the committee, at least 61 separate statements “misrepresented Iraq’s ties to al-Qaeda.” A Senate investigation in 2006 also covered these lies.
Pogo, research shows the appeals court thought that The DA was right. And that was reported by FOX NEWS!
Pentagon: Prewar intel on Al Qaeda-Hussein link not illegal but ‘dubious’
An investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general has found that civilian intelligence analysis meant to support the Bush administration’s case for going to war against Iraq was “reporting of dubious quality or reliability.” The Washington Post reports that the US Defense Department findings also say that this prewar analysis gathered by former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith supported ” the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community,” but also says that these actions were not illegal.
US Senate Report: S. Rpt. 109-331
Report on Postwar Findings about Iraq’s WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How they Compare with Prewar Assessments (September 9, 2006)
Regarding Iraq’s connections to al-Qa’ida, the high-level Iraqi official allegedly said that Iraq has no past, current, or anticipated future contact with Usama bin Laden and al-Qa’ida. He added that bin Laden was in fact a longtime enemy of Iraq. In contrast to the information about WMD, this information was never disseminated at all. It was not used in intelligence reporting provided to policymakers and was not disseminated as intelligence reporting for analysts. When asked why this was not disseminated, CIA told the Committee that the report did not add anything because it did not provide anything new. (page 146)
“Stability, reliable rule of law, and predictable governance are preferred by MNCs”
Same reason why businesses flee bad neighborhoods.
For example, Ferguson MO after the riots.
Personanongrata: “Instability within a nation state makes resource extraction much easier for multinational corporations.”
Generally speaking, the opposite is true. Stability, reliable rule of law, and predictable governance are preferred by MNCs.
Particularly speaking regarding the ‘why’ of the Iraq intervention, see explanation (link) of the law and policy, fact basis for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Max-1: “We Americans do have Dick Cheney and George W Bush to thank for unleashing this scourge upon the world”
Blaming President Bush for current events in the Middle East relies on the fallacy of attenuated causation. When Bush left office, Iraq was stabilized and progressing well following the Counterinsurgency “Surge” and Anbar Awakening. The Arab Spring hadn’t happened yet. The proximate causes of the subsequent crisis in Iraq are, one, the construction of ISIS in Syria in the degeneration of the Arab Spring that combined with, two, the US-abandoned vulnerability of Iraq. Both conditions arose from post-Bush events that are related to fundamental errors made by President Obama, such as the ‘lead from behind’ approach to the Arab Spring and disengagement from Iraq, that sharply deviated from President Bush’s course.
In Foreign Policy magazine, Ali Khedery, perhaps the longest serving US official from Operation Iraqi Freedom, attributes (link) the regression of Iraq since Bush left office to decisions by Obama from the outset in 2009, including the pull-out in 2011.
In Politico, Emma Sky, a senior advisor in Operation Iraqi Freedom, laments (link) the progress and opportunities lost in Iraq due to Obama’s sharp deviation from Bush with an approach that favored Iran’s encroachment in Iraq.
TJustice: “Where did the leaders of iSIS come together?”
To answer your question, I recommend this video panel on ISIS by Columbia University professors who are subject matter experts.
Camp Bucca was a setting, but the leaders of ISIS came from al Qaeda affiliates and Saddam’s officers. The two factions had prior working relationship and little daylight separated them to begin with because Saddam’s regime was terrorist. (Saddam’s terrorism was a breach of UNSCR 687 in the casus belli for Operation Iraqi Freedom.)
See the Iraqi Perspectives Project report (link), “Saddam and Terrorism:
Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents”, November 2007.
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