Why do you hate them so much that you decide it’s an ok compromise to let them die and keep killing them until further notice?
Who do you think you help in Syria?
Matthieu Lagouge

I don’t hate them and I’m not doing anything. I’m neither the one with the joystick controlling a drone nor the one with a turban holding a dagger. I don’t know why you are attacking me personally. I grant you that Syria might be the most complicated and messy situation over there. Frankly, I don’t know enough about it and rather let others assess the situation.

But you keep mentioning Pakistan: ISIS is active in Pakistan, and they are killing far more civilians than the USA do. So the only thing I can say to drone strike victims is this: I’m sorry, but the USA are not the aggressor here. The USA are trying to fight the terrorists who are killing, raping and enslaving civilians by the thousands. Let’s be honest here: What is the alternative? I’m not saying drone strikes are better, I’m saying it’s complicated and I don’t know a better strategy. Again, I’d put a larger focus on training local armies, but from what I’ve read the training of the Iraqi army hasn’t exactly been a success so far. So I don’t know how much wiggle room there is.

From afar I read stories about the IS kidnapping thousands of schoolgirls for sex trafficking, burning down villages, throwing gays off of buildings and systematically beheading Muslims, Christians and Atheists. They are on a mission of expansion, of world-domination. That’s a threat to the people over there, but also a threat to people everywhere. Like I said before, I don’t think the west should take an active role in far-away countries that might be dictatorships, but are stable nonetheless. Russia is a good example: Putin is a dictator who systematically violates human rights; but he’s not massacring his people, so the west should back off and rather deal with him diplomatically. But we as a global community should step in when we see excessive crimes against humanity; it was the right thing for the allied nations to fight the Nazis; it was the right thing to intervene in Rwanda — and most agree this should have happened much, much sooner. And I honestly do think it’s the exact same thing with ISIS. I don’t know the perfect strategy (of course I don’t), but the west has to step in. We can’t let them murder hundreds of thousands of people, enslave women and children, and openly declare war on education, science, and, well, freedom. Of course we have to minimize collateral damage. Question is, how.

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