Essay International Relations Debates

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International Relations Debates
That we should deploy troops in Iraq
We = West (US, UK, AUS) – Australia in collaboration with Gulf States (Qatar, Kuwait) + Iran (30 000 current troops)/Saudi Arabia.

Affirmative Case:

Background:
Destruction of cultural heritage in those states.
Forcibly take over oil supplies.
Beheading people.
Sharia Law: Sexual violence, Violent Law, Enslavement (6000), Legal Marriage Age is 9.
Any worshipping of Gods/idols is considered bad (Apostasy) – you are an apostate if you are Shiaa (Iraq 70% Shiaa), ever participated in secular election, didn’t declare allegiance to the Caliphate.

Ideology: - Territory + Caliphate – Expansionist.
Many allegiances declared: Boko Haram, former Al Quaeda

Origins:
Repression of Sunni minority in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein = Sunni, USA + Nouri Al Malachi – Shiaa
IS = Sunni
Many members met in USA Iraqi prisons
All of these members are Sunni, and consider the USA to be intimately involved in their repression.

Propaganda:
20 000 foreign fighters in ISIS (20%)
In 2014, more British people joined ISIS than British army

Why Existing Measures Not Working:
1. Drones/Bombing Campaigns:
2. Foreign Forces from Iraq:

Drones and Bombing Campaigns:
1. Easy to hide IS from drone attacks.
2. Urban centres with civilisation.

Foreign Fighters:
1. Iraqi army is very weak
2. Kurds can’t defend/won’t defend all of Iraq
Why this would work in the short-term:
1. Massive power disparity (USA defence budget $4 trillion, ISIS $2 Billion.)
2. IS are unlikely…