Clerics Fill Void With De Facto Courts, While Moving Against Western Influences

Um, are those “western influences” they are moving against things like pluralism, the dignity of the human person (especially women), and freedom or are they things like “democracy, whiskey, sexy”? In Islamic countries, it’s often hard for them to distinguish the one group from the other.

Is there a game plan here for the US? The Iraqis seem to be rather eager to be rid of us so they can institute something that looks a great deal like sharia. I kinda thought the goal was to reduce the Bronze Age Fanaticism and intolerance of Islamofascism, not give it a new breeding ground.