The Nobel Peace Prize laureate who brought war
The United States of America have launched a new military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) now known simply as the Islamic State. The attacks however, have been carried out by America’s allies in the vicinity of northern Syria, according to the US Department of Defense.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he “supports” President Obama’s decision to launch airstrikes on Syria, according to The Telegraph. Earlier today, Barack Obama confirmed 5 Arab allies took part in the operation: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.
America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security (…) The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this isn’t America’s fight alone. Above all, the people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve: Barack Obama.
Although the strikes supposedly did not involve the presence of American troops on the ground, the Washington Post reports Tomahawk cruise missiles were used to hit ISIL positions over Syria. This kind of weapons is used by the US Navy, launched by destroyers such as the USS Ross and the USS Fitzgerald.
Violence displayed by ISIL militants in the previous weeks has outraged a good part of the international community, granted! However, a military response executed without the approval of the United Nations Security Council ought to be deemed illegal and contrary to the peacekeeping objectives of such organ.
Now, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”, surely he could’ve come up with a better way to deal with ISIL, rather than this “wipe them all” strategy, right?
September 23rd, 2014.