The Latest Crisis in Iraq Is Not Necessarily a Reason for U.S. Re-Intervention in That Nation


The major ethnic groups in Iraq are the Arabs, which constitute 75% to 80% of the population, and the Kurds, which constitute 15% to 20% of the population.

Islam is, of course, the dominant religion, with 97% of Iraqis identifying themselves as Muslims. Among the Muslims, 60%-65% are Shiites and 32% to 37% are Sunnis.

The Kurdish minority is largely Sunni, and roughly half of the Sunnis are Kurds. But the Kurds have long been very antagonistic toward the Arab majority.

So Shiite Arabs outnumber Sunni Arabs not two to one but three or even four to one.

The Shiite majority controls the major cities from Baghdad south, as well as the major oil-producing regions of the nation.

These numbers are important in considering the ISIS insurgency, which thus far has seized control of territory largely in the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. Notably, ISIS has not attempted to seize either…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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