Saturday, December 05, 2015

Bomb the SH#T out of ISIS - Count me in says GB

                The Paris attacks have drawn attention to the growing threat of ISIS and the ability for ISIS threats to manifest themselves within the Western world. This growing resentment towards ISIS has caused many nations to begin campaigns fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. President Obama claims that currently 40 nations are contributing to the effort of “degrading and ultimately destroying” ISIS. Despite this staggering number of nations already fighting ISIS, Great Britain would like to join the coalition of bombing ISIS. On December 2, the British Parliament voted to join the aerial campaign. 

RAF plane

          Despite the coalitions excitement for another member, is Great Britain's presence really necessary? Public opinion in Great Britain is split 50/50 on the subject. While the public is divided, parliament voted 397 to 223 in approval of airstrikes in Syria.

          Proponents of the airstrikes cite that Britain is already bombing in Iraq and that the exclusion of Syria makes no sense. France and the United States are currently bombing and as a NATO ally, Great Britain feels it is necessary to join. Additionally, France has appealed directly to GB for help in the aerial campaign. Exclusion from this campaign both snubs the US, France and GB's responsibility to NATO allies.

          Those who have opposed Great Britain's entrance into the Syria bombing say that the skies above Syria are already crowded enough. Currently Russian, U.S., and French planes occupy the skies and the addition of GB adds little to no tactical advantage. It is also believed that more bombing in Syria causes more refugees to flee the country, further aggravating Europe's migrant crisis. The lack of public support for this entrance is also quite troubling. Engaging in another war without the public's approval is a major risk with political constituencies of those in office.

          Great Britain's decision may prove to be problematic in the future. The decision to engage ISIS provides a marginal tactical gain yet places Great Britain firmly in ISIS's sights. If ISIS can reach France, it is not without reason to say Great Britain may be next. A decision to engage ISIS should be met with an equally ambitious plan to bolster security across the nation. While it is encouraging to see Great Britain's allegiance honored, the decision to engage ISIS may make more problems than originally anticipated.

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