November 16, 2015
The attack this weekend in Paris shows once again how far ISIS, is willing to go in its campaign of destruction against the rest of the world. So far, more than 129 innocent civilians are killed, while about 300 are critically injured in a wave of indiscriminate attacks carried out throughout the French capital by the Islāmic State.
While declaring, “France is at war,” French President Francois Hollande, proposed new laws and more spending on public safety. In response to attacks on Paris and in a show of defiance, he promised to eradicate terrorism without compromising France’s freedom.
The increase in attacks from Sinai to Beirut and now France is yet another sign that terror is on the loose. The Islāmic State is unwilling to budge on its desire to inflict fear on the rest of the world and its plan to drag the West including the United States into an unending war. Terror has become a job and youths from Europe and the U.S. are fast joining jihadist movements at rates never seen.
There is a worldwide confusion on how to respond to the new attacks and since the carnage in France, some GOP candidates for President here in the U.S. continue to criticize the Obama administration for failing to commit ground troops in Syria. Many have called on the President to end U.S. plan to accept Syrian refugees, while some are quick to blame Islam for instilling radical ideologies responsible for the most ruthless war on Western civilization and freedom.
To say the attacks in Paris does not deserve a targeted and precise response would be unfair. However, how the civilized world respond to the senseless killings must be carefully weighed and orchestrated. U.S. troops are not needed in Syria at this time. Any attempt to deploy American troops as called for by candidates motivated by politics, would be a dangerous mistake.
Ending terror is no longer a unilateral affair. The attack in Paris as in other parts of the world shows ISIS, is willing to strike in any country not ready to accept its extremist ideologies. For any attack on the Islāmic State to be effective, such response must be multilateral, based on strategy and not a matter of revenge.
Those calling for revenge against Muslims are perhaps, misguided. While it is necessary for Muslim Clerics and leaders in the Arab world to begin reviewing the teachings of Islam, the fact is, majority of Muslims are against ISIS and many are troubled by how far the group has tarnished reputation of Islam around the world. Any response to the killings in Paris must put global resources where it is needed, than focusing on a generalized misconception about Muslims.
This is a typical example of when NATO must act. The attack on Paris must be seen as an attack on all. Current ISIS campaign is neither a Russian nor American war but a war against civilization and as a result, must be dealt with multilaterally.
ISIS is the enemy not Islam. Concerned nations must come together through NATO for decisive and collective actions against ISIS. Western resources must be diverted from destroying the Assad regime, while the West and the U.S. must focus on ending the danger of ISIS, before finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Adeyemi Oshunrinade [E. JD] is an expert in general law, foreign relations and the United Nations. He is the author of ‘Wills Law and Contests,’ ‘Constitutional Law-First Amendment,’ ‘Criminal Law-Homicide’ and ‘SAVING LOVE’ available on Amazon. Follow on Twitter @san0670.