The rapid territorial gains in Iraq of the Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS in recent days has seized the attention of American news followers, many of whom don’t realize that ISIS’s rise in Iraq started back in January, when it took over at least parts of the city of Fallujah.
It is no accident that this particular beleaguered city should become the cradle of the world’s first ever overt jihadist terror state. That nightmare development was the outcome and culmination of 11 years of Fallujah being subjected to full-spectrum statism of the purist form.
It all started quietly enough at the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. The Fallujahns put up virtually no resistance to the invading U.S. forces, perhaps thinking they would fare better under the Americans than under the tyrant the Americans overthrew.
But the Americans soon gave Fallujah a tyranny like they had never known. The blood started flowing a mere five days after the U.S. Army entered the city. Perhaps taking their liberators’ promises of democracy a bit too seriously, a crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a school that was occupied by the army, demanding that it be re-opened for the use of their children again. The democracy-bringers on the roof fired into the crowd of unarmed protesters, ending the lives of 17 and wounding 70. When citizens gathered to protest the shooting two days later, that crowd was fired on too, leaving two more dead.
Understandably, the populace had then had quite enough of that sort of “liberation” and “democracy,” and an armed insurgency began, which came to a head a year later in the graphic killing of four Blackwater military contractors. In response, U.S. forces twice laid siege to the city. Journalist Dahr Jamail outlined the brutality of the sieges: