No Troops On Ground

The fear of ISIS continues to worry leaders of Western nations. After all, this group must have at least 20,000 soldiers ready to kill. It is rather strange that when Adolf Hitler had an army of EIGHT MILLION ARMED WITH THOUSANDS OF TANKS AND PLANES, there was less worry. We have become frightened by a few thousand soldiers who lack planes or artillery or tanks. They have now become a “threat” to world security. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the formation of a “core coalition” that will confront the latest example of terrorism. As I recall, a few years ago, it was al-Qaeda that was going to destroy the western world and take over the Middle East. As Kerry put it: “we need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster Iraq security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on without committing our forces.” In other words, “no boots on the ground.”

Obviously, the concept of a “core coalition” makes sense. Obviously, a core coalition of Turkish, Egyptian, Algerian and Jordanian forces could handle ISIS, and all they would need is US air support. If there is to be a “core coalition” then its formation should be announced by nations in the Middle East, not the US or the European Union. It is time for Middle Eastern nations to pay attention to terrorism.