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Iraq has fallen into a full-out civil war recently. Fighters from the Islamic State in Syria have disintegrated the border between the two countries and claimed large swaths of land as their own. A full-on humanitarian crisis has developed as tens of thousands of refugees have fled their homes. So, we wanted to know: “At this point, what, if anything, should we do about Iraq? Why?”

Your answers

“Finish what was started. Pulling us out was Obama’s fault and it wasn’t the right thing to do. I was stationed by the oil refinery that was taken over in Bayji ,09-10. There was still a presence there and shouldn’t have been closed down.” — Chris Wright

“Leave them alone. Get are people out of there let them kill each other. We need to protect our own country stop worrying about everybody else’s.” — Missy L. Anderson

“I don’t have the answer. It is a constant circle. I don’t think giving them weapons is a good idea. History shows that every time we do that the same weapons get turned on us. Unless all the allies get together as one this will all get worse.” — David A. Duncan

Our answers

“At this point, the U.S. — and every other world military power — is in between a rock and a hard place. Nobody wants war, but history will judge us harshly if we don’t take action against the terrorists calling themselves ISIL who’ve already committed numerous acts of what can only be called genocide. I don’t want to wait until we have another Pearl Harbor — or 9/11.” — Sarah Einselen

“Pull out and never look back!! My ex-husband did three tours over there and it seems as though it was all for nothing. If we as a country have gained anything from that is has not been obvious!!!” — Kris Cree

“First, this is a sickening situation with no good answers. To throw this squarely at Obama’s feet, though, is fatuous at best. Do you remember that Dec. 14, 2008 press conference where that guy threw his shoes at President George W. Bush? Sure you do. What you might not remember is the reason for that press conference. He was in Baghdad to meet with then-Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki and revel in the recently-signed Status of Forces Agreement which stipulated Dec. 31, 2011 as the deadline for the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. All Obama did was follow through with this agreement. If you want to go further back, Dubya and his ilk were the ones who got us into this mess in the first place by invading Iraq in 2003. If we were able to bomb our way out of this situation, don’t you think it would have already worked? The Islamic State would love nothing more than to engage our combat troops head-to-head. What better marketing tool to gather like-minded fighters? The decade-plus of war has swollen their ranks already. Here is what Abu Mosa, Islamic State press officer, had to say to Vice News in their documentary ‘The Islamic State’ which was released Thursday: ‘I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. And we will not stop. Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead, send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.’ Why would you give them what they want? And if we invade once more, what happens when we leave again? We have to let Iraq fall or stand on its own. Haven’t done enough over there already?” – Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.

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