With an overwhelming number of at least 18,800 civilians murdered at the hand of ISIS within the past two years, it may not come as a surprise that Iraq has declared support in favor of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
According to a report earlier this year made by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering." The violence alone he says, is "systematic" and "widespread," transgressing "international human law" and including "crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide." As if the acts of violence weren't concern enough, ISIS atrocities affect every area of surrounding life. Resulting displacement and attempted escape from the terror often mean insufficient food, shelter, and even slavery. The U.N. estimates 3,500 taken into captivity---many of whom, women and children, sold into sex trafficking.
It seems that Trump's appeal holds most largely with the issues of terrorism and the general reputation of the GOP in support of Iraq independence.
Gen. Sarhad Qader Mohammad of Kirkuk Province Police Department voiced his case, "I believe that America has always had a stable policy in fighting terrorism, but Hillary has a softer approach," he said. "Trump is much harder when it comes to these issues, he won't put up with it."
"America should leave the political correctness and be tough on these countries that finance terrorism. We need a strong leader," Nseeif Al-Khattabi, governor of the Holy Karbala Province Council continued, "and if Trump needs me to speak at a rally I will come. If he follows his words and his strong stance and points his fingers at these countries that support terrorism, he will be able to stop it."
Where ISIS is slaughtering women and children, Shiites and Christians, many in Iraq are unsatisfied with, as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed, mere unification, and the dependence implicated. Instead, many desire strength through independence and the ability to fortify and defend their country through more nationalistic means. Trump has called Radical Islam the "threat that challenges our world," in the same vein as Communism, Fascism, and Nazism---and requiring annihilation:
"America should leave the political correctness and be tough on these countries that finance terrorism. We need a strong leader," Nseeif Al-Khattabi, governor of the Holy Karbala Province Council continued, "and if Trump needs me to speak at a rally I will come. If he follows his words and his strong stance and points his fingers at these countries that support terrorism, he will be able to stop it.
Overseas, ISIS has carried out one unthinkable atrocity after another. Children slaughtered, girls sold into slavery, men and women burned alive. Crucifixions, beheadings and drownings. Ethnic minorities targeted for mass execution. Holy sites desecrated. Christians driven from their homes and hunted for extermination. ISIS rounding-up what it calls the 'nation of the cross' in a campaign of genocide. We cannot let this evil continue.
Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam - its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers - be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries.
We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before.
But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices."