Josie Pagani has four things we can do post Paris.
A couple of them are useful, others are wishful thinking, but at least she has shown an ability to step outside of liberal hand-wringing over upset feelings of “moderate” muslims.
While it is morally clear that we must stop ISIS, it is not obvious how. Here’s where we can start:
1. Step up air strikes against ISIS strongholds and increase no-fly zones so that moderate groups can better fight back themselves.
France has already stepped up its air campaign and bombed the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. It’s not clear that boots on the ground would be lawful. However if more attacks are planned, international law says a country can act in self-defence where an ‘instant’ and ‘overwhelming’ risk exists which gives a country no ‘moment of deliberation.’
What’s certain, is that air strikes will continue.
To anticipate those who say that would be a repeat of Iraq: all the outcomes are bad, but some are worse than others. Boots on the ground in Iraq was a disaster, so was the half-way house in Libya. The failure to intervene in Syria has been possibly the worst outcome of all. We must stop fighting the last war: The 2003 misjudgment over Iraq does not mean any intervention today against ISIS will also be a disaster.
Daesh needs to understand that if they come above ground they will be bombed and if they live in caves they will be bombed there too. Read more »