Iraq descends into Islamist anarchy – we reap what we sow
It is only Islamist anarchy (ie terrorists' lawless chaos) from our perspective. From the viewpoint of the Islamist militants, it is Islamic anarchy (ie socially autonomous regions free of central coercion). The State of Iraq is reverting to its lateral tribal structure, without an operative top, or head or centre. The Islamist anarchists (aka Sunni Muslim militants) insist that they operate by politically and religiously acceptable means. But as to what count as unacceptable means cannot be determined because different types of anarchists differ on the specifications, having rejected the force, coercion and authoritarianism of the state.
Holistic and tribal means are anarchically admissible, as are utterly individualistic ones. So, as they take the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit, having already secured Ramadi and Falluja, they are not concerned for the humanitarian situation or the displacement of half a million people: their divine mission is to overthrow the central oppression of the infidel. The anarchy that follows is a more acceptable form of organisation, for it entails a relatively non-coercive, non-authoritarian organisation - the voluntary and co-operative organisation which is in submission to Allah.
If the US and other Western nations send military or strategic assistance to Iraq's government, the insurgents - an al-Qaeda offshoot called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) - the disparate anarchic groups will unite in opposition to the naked authority and coercion of the the Great Satan.
No man or human organisation can ever rightfully exercise authority over that which is ordained by Allah: the only authority that is justified is that which is revealed through his Messenger. No king, no president and no state has the right to push the soldiers of Allah around.
Compared to the fate which is about to descend upon Iraq's minorities - Shia, Kurd and Christian - Saddam Hussein was a relatively benign dictator. He may have channelled privilege and wealth to certain favoured minorities, and he may have persecuted others, but he was a recognisable state power, subject to the testings and judgments of the international community. Societies are not ineluctably saddled with states: as we are now seeing, states can be displaced or even decay, and so political obligation lapses or vanishes, for there is no controlling political authority and no identifiably strongman.
ISIS/ISIL now controls a large part of eastern Syria and western and central Iraq. They will soon march on Baghdad to depose Shia PM Nouri Maliki and wipe out the infidels who entrench inequities, domination and exploitation. The human cost will be profound; their suffering unimaginable. We can deplore and condemn and issue all the resolutions we want: we are simply reaping what we have sown.