As I watched this past weekend’s Sunday morning political talk shows I could not help but recall that famous nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty.
Without going into the arguments about America’s justification for invading Iraq, it is clear that the United States made a serious error in conducting that invasion. The consequence has been a nation split by tribal, religious, and ethnic divides that no one outside Iraq can heal. With a sadistic tyrant as a dictator, Iraq was a relatively stable nation. Sadistic tyrants are common place throughout the Middle East and Saddam Hussein was more or less on par with the rest. He was teetering but in control. Today the country is more or less split between Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish semi-autonomous sections all not answering to a dysfunctional central government. No wonder their army cannot stand up to ISIS.
Humpty Dumpty is Iraq and the United States is the force that cannot put it back together.
By Mother Goose
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.