Every missile that goes astray, every inncoent child we accidentally maim, will mobilize sympathy for the Islamist conviction that we in the West are the planet’s great hypocrites, bent on asserting our moral superiority with indiscriminate mass murder overseas. Disaffected young men throughout the Islamic world will find an outlet for their celibate frustration. The gulf will widen. And we will all be less safe, not more.
Dropping Bombs on Syria to Combat Islamist Extremism. Have We Learned Nothing?
Henry Wismayer
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Yes, it’s really as plain as that. But why don’t the big powers understand that?

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