Bombings in Beirut. Russian passenger plane blown out of the sky. The Paris attacks.
(Updated from American Thinker post.)
I watch European news, specifically France 24 and Deutsche Welle, and shortly after the Paris attacks they invited on European security “experts” who say that Europe has to live with the new normal. There’s nothing they can do now to stop future attacks at amusement locations, like concert venues and restaurants.
Of course, the left vilifies the right for mentioning that Europe has no conceal-carry law. Yet, Europe is a long way from that, so let’s not demand this of them.
But I don’t believe they have to live with the new normal.
Here is one way to reduce the number of attacks.
NATO’s Article Five says:
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area ….
The key phrase says, “including the use of armed forces.” President Hollande called the attacks an acte de guerre or act of war. Is he going to rely only on air strikes? Of course, Europeans are loath to put boots on the ground, and air strikes, though garnering publicity once in a while, won’t root Daesh out of their spider holes.
The French ambassador to Germany said on Deutsche Welle that he appreciates Germany’s offer to use German Special Forces. But then he added nothing more.
However, they and American and French Special Forces won’t be enough either.
It is now clear that the only way to stop the terrorist attacks from increasing in Europe and elsewhere is to put a large coalition of troops on the ground to clean out the rat’s nest called Daesh in northern Iraq and southern Syria. The operation will have to take one town at a time, maybe from different geographic angles. Apparently the Kurds successfully did this to militant-controlled towns. We did this in Afghanistan and Iraq, and no terrorist attack has originated from there (other than the Daesh-controlled territory). Will Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States send troops, or are they nervous about attacking fellow Sunnis?
New developement: Maybe Hollande does have the heart for it, while Obama doesn’t.
In a speech before Parliament, on Nov. 16, 2015, President Hollande says he wants to form a coalition of France, Russia and the USA to rout out Daesh. No doubt other nations will join, too. However, on the same day, in turkey, Obama says he won’t commit a large number of ground troops (even though it is now clear that this is what needs to be done), because he doesn’t want to occupy a country.
Hollande is standing tall, while Obama dithers.
Monsieur, please meet our leftist president. You won’t get much help from him. All you’ll get is a lecture, in which he’ll elevate his eyebrows, raise his chin up, and tell you how much he knows–even though his withdrawal policy created the mess in northern Iraq and southern Syria. Then he’ll gaze out over the horizon at no one in particular.
It must be something to be the smartest man who ever occupied the White House (so say his devoted followers and probably he says this to himself).
In our basic history books, the twentieth century is called the American Century (as opposed to the European Century or British Century).
Why can’t the American left see that throughout world history nations have taken turns to lead, and now it is our turn?
As counterintuitive as it may seem to the left, there is nothing wrong with America occupying a country, as long as we’re holding back evil forces, exactly as we’re doing in Korea.
This post appeared at American Thinker, on Nov. 16, 2015, but has been updated here.