On the day the cease-fire began in the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, launched a new military offensive.
This was for vengeance - to punish the Kurdish people living in northern Iraq who had dared to pursue their long struggle for autonomy during the dictator's war against Iran.
ISIS is an acronym standing for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; it is also sometimes know as ISIL, because sometimes "Syria" is replaced with the term "the Levant".
At a certain level, one gets the impression that ISIS just emerged from nowhere: the organization was not a presence in Iraq when the United States was actually engaged in full-scale military operations there and has only emerged as a strong political power since the American withdrawal from Iraq.
Today the nearly 20 million Kurds live under three flags in Iran, Iraq and Turkey, with some in Syria and the Soviet Union.
The Iranians supplied the Iraqi Kurds with arms to harass Saddam, and the Iraqi dictator armed the Iranian Kurds to harass the Ayatollah's army. Secretary General, who does not want to offend Baghdad or Teheran.With his forces freed by the ceasefire, Saddam Hussein smashed the Kurds - possibly with mustard gas, which he has reintroduced in modern warfare.Ninety thousand Kurdish refugees are now huddled in tent cities along the Turkish border, with another 40,000 cut off from escape.Ward has pursued the hypothesis that the origins of ISIS can be traced back to an American prison camp in Iraq called Camp Bucca:"According to a CBS News investigation, at least 12 of the top leaders of ISIS served time in Camp Bucca, including the man who would become the group's leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.CBS News obtained photos of 10 of them in Bucca's yellow prison jumpsuits" (paragraph 7).That's something; not much, but at least not the turning-away we get from the totalitarian Arab world or the amoral Soviet Union.The world's film crews are too comfortable in Israel's West Bank, covering a made-for-TV uprising of a new ''people,'' to bother with the genocidal campaign against a well-defined ethnic group that has been friendless throughout modern history and does not yet understand the publicity business.So, it would seem that a group of prisoners met in Bucca and began developing political ideology and strategy; and this was the beginnings of the organization known today as ISIS.Over time, ISIS has emerged as one of the most powerful forces active in Iraq, with a quite large portion of Iraq—approximately a third, going by the relevant political maps—under its control.This is a campaign of extermination aimed against an ancient ethnic group that wants only to keep its own language and customs in sarbasti - freedom.A classic example of genocide is under way, and the world does not give a damn.