The Iraqi prime minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on Twitter that the Iraqi military has “fully liberated” all of Iraq’s territory from ISIS & “secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border.” He waxed euphoric: the heroic armed forces defeated ISIS through “unity & sacrifice.” Speaking of that sacrifice, how many civilians were killed, how many incarcerated, how many tortured, how many were displaced & are still living in pup tents because their homes were bombed to smithereens?

Rest assured that ISIS has served such an invaluable role as part of the counter-revolution against democracy that it will reincarnate in Iraq & elsewhere. Otherwise, there is no further justification for the US military to occupy Iraq. It can withdraw its troops & declare an end once & for all to the Iraq War which has gone on in one form or another for nearly 20 years.