It doesn’t. Ramadi doesn’t matter to anyone concerned about being on the receiving end of Iraq’s oil, because nations that depend on Mideast oil only care that it stays available at a fair market price. That’s why Obama is doing so little to stop ISIS, or partly why, anyway. As for all those well-armed European nations and China, do we see any of them sending in troops to repel the Islamists and take back the oil-controlling city of Ramadi? No we don’t, because they all know that ISIS will continue to keep the oil flowing. Of course they will, the money funds their cause.
Obama is being criticized for not doing more to stop ISIS than the air strikes we’re currently pursuing, but in fairness, where are all the other nations who depend on oil? Besides, Obama was raised as a Sunni-sect Muslim, and it’s hard to say where his loyalties really lie. This is because the Saudi royal family, which is Sunni, is at odds with the Sunni Wahhabist imams in Saudi Arabia, who want the throne for themselves, and both are at odds with wealthy factions within the country. All is not sunshine and roses in Saudi Arabian politics. It’s important to remember that the country is under Sharia Law, and that the Saudi king is considered the Guardian of Mecca, the holy of holies in Islam. If not for that, the royal Saudi dynasty would have ended long ago.
Ramadi does matter to us proles and peons, however, but we have no say about it. It matters to us because ISIS is all about creating a global Islamic empire based in Saudi Arabia that wants to make everyone either a Sunni Muslim or dead. ISIS is all about religion. It’s Sunni extremism, essentially Wahhabism, an extension of al Qaeda, founded in and funded by Saudi Arabia just as al Qaeda is.
In Ramadi, it’s the Shiites, 40,000 of them so far, who have fled the city and not the minority Sunnis, who are safe from being murdered by ISIS. So now the Iraq government and the Iranian army are getting all their Shiite soldiers together to fight ISIS and try to take back the city, since they won’t be able to count on Sunni soldiers to help. Iraq is mostly Shiite and their military capabilities are apparently abysmal, considering this latest ISIS success, but if the Iranians are able to take back the city and defeat ISIS, then it’s a sure bet that Iraq will join wholly with Iran and then be controlled by Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah.
If Iran and Iraq combined can’t defeat ISIS, the ensuing bloodbath when ISIS starts murdering Shiites by the tens of thousands will see a humanitarian mess rivaling anything we saw at the end of World War 2, as millions of Shiites try to pour over the borders into Iran, Syria and Turkey.
If the Iran-Iraq alliance does defeat ISIS, I suspect that we won’t hear anything more about removing the sanctions on Iran, since they’ll most likely just sell all their oil through Iraq and use Iraq as their banking and commerce proxy. Then the sanctions will be merely a minor nuisance.
The beat goes on. Watch and see.