FOCUS ON IRAQ IRAN SHOULD HAVE STAYED NEUTRAL IN THE WAR AGAINST ISIS IN IRAQ

The UN Security Council should not turn a blind eye to the battle of
Tikrit where Saddam Hussein hailed from. How this battle is handled
will define the future of Iraq.The battle against ISIS should be a battle for the construction of an
Iraqi Republic which would safeguard the rights and properties of all
citizens irrespective of religion, sect, tribe, place of origin,
gender  or any other status. It should not be reduced to a battle
between Shiites and Sunnis. This is what it is becoming evident in
Tikrit Hindsight should teach the international community that the Maliki
Government which presided over the hanging of Saddam Hussein did
unleash terror on many Sunnis which was exploited by Al Queda and ISIS
to incite dissidents to rise up against an oppressive and repressive
government.
To contain Shiite power and Iranian influence in Iraq, the US turned a
blind eye to the growth of ISIS until its excesses outraged the
international community. Now, that it is convenient to mobilise all
forces against ISIS, the international community should focus on a rule
of engagement which would not allow Shiite militias from unleashing
terror against Sunni tribes in Iraq. This would lead to a prolonged
civil war based on the determination to fight to death rather than
surrender. Success should not be based on military defeat of ISIS in
the battle field. Success only comes when all Iraqis could call Iraq
their homeland –one which could guarantee liberty and prosperity to
its citizens. As the war rages, the leaders should be mobilising all
those who subscribe to the new Iraq to draft a new constitution, build
new institutions  and convey messages of national salvation to
inspire hope in a new future.