Looks like the United States and its allies are going back to fight in Iraq. The new, popular, and intimidating enemy that has put fear in the world is ISIS; the Islamic State. Thirty other countries, including ten Arab states, have committed helping the U.S. to defeating ISIS. ISIS has “crossed the line,” by streaming beheading videos of U.S and UK journalists. Does this mean we should use our power to go defeat ISIS? President Obama has announced a strategy to defeat ISIS which included sending 500 military advisors and using air strikes in both Syria and Iraq.
What is the problem with this? Syria is not on board because the U.S. has not been consulting with them. Syria’s two most friendly allies happen to be Russia and Iran, which it would be safe to say that those two countries are not the biggest fans of the U.S.. Syria says if the U.S. performs air strikes in their territory then, “without its permission would be an act of war, a violation of the UN charter and a disaster not just for Syria but for the region.” This is where declaring war or even the act of war can get tricky as discussed in class recently. After 1945, because of the results from WW2, the UN charter was created for international peace, specifically for States not go to war with one another. ISIS is technically not a state. ISIS is a terrorist organization that deserves to be punished according to majority of the public opinion. There is no problem fighting ISIS, but according to Syria, the U.S. will be violating the UN charter which is something America must follow to lead by example for the rest of the world.
The world will have to wait to see what happens as 20 diplomats recently just discussed commitments and plans in France. Kim and Fred Kagan of the Institute of the Study for War are two brilliant military strategists that helped release a recent paper on how to defeat ISIS. It suggests air strikes and combat troops in both Syria and Iraq. The ground troops’ first mission is to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria and to team up with Sunni allies in both Iraq and Syria. This plan will largely influence the think tank reports in Washington. The U.S. does not want to consult with Syria, but it must happen if a plan like the Kagans’ wants to follow through smoothly.