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Back to Iraq?
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Back to Iraq?
  1. Almost three years after U.S. troops left Iraq, the country has descended into chaos. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical Sunni Muslim group, has captured large chunks of territory in northern Iraq with the goal of establishing a strict Islamic state. Last week, President Obama authorized a series of airstrikes against ISIS to stem its advance. Who is the man in the cartoon, and what does he represent?
  2. What famous American poster does the cartoon parody? Who does the “you” refer to?
  3. What point is the cartoonist trying to make?
  4. America’s most recent war in Iraq lasted eight years and cost the lives of more than 4,000 U.S. troops. Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to launch a series of airstrikes against ISIS? Why or why not?
  5. If ISIS continues to threaten the region, do you think that the U.S. has an obligation to send troops back to Iraq? Why or why not?