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The vibe: Blame them Shiias….

The other night, in a particularly black mood, this thought occurred to me: Peace will come to the Middle East when the United States agrees to stick the screws to Iraq’s Shiite community.

Members of the Shiite Muslim Mehdi Army militia, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17, 2014. Iraqi Shiite volunteers, who had been fighting in neighbouring Syria, have been heading home to battle an offensive that has brought militants to near Baghdad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Shiite Muslim Mehdi Army militia, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17, 2014. Iraqi Shiite volunteers, who had been fighting in neighbouring Syria, have been heading home to battle an offensive that has brought militants to near Baghdad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The other night, in a particularly black mood, this thought occurred to me: Peace will come to the Middle East when the United States agrees to stick the screws to Iraq’s Shiite community.

I am not happy with this thought. At the same time, I suspect it may be true. Perhaps not in this administration, but if not now, then in the next. A formal American push for Sunni power in Iraq might split Iraq, but it probably would help counter ISIS.

Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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