Wants nation put ahead of parties

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 22, 2014 

Two years ago we pulled out of Iraq where 4,400 of our service members gave their lives. Today, as we watch that country disintegrate before our eyes, I wonder if there is something we should learn from this disaster. Iraq has fallen apart because the three factions in the country, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds have pledged their allegiance, not to their country, but to their party. As a result their country is in danger of being taken over by ISIS, a group even more radical than al Qaeda.

No, I don't see an imminent threat of an armed takeover of the United States but I do think we are on the road to a dangerous place. Increasingly we see our lawmakers and candidates placing their pledge of allegiance to a particular party or ideology ahead of their obligation to serve the American people. As Iraq has become a killing field for Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis are we becoming the battleground for liberals, conservatives and Tea Partiers?

Chuck McGroddy

Bellingham

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