Originally Posted by Kharn The Complainer
The problem is that with every hospital or innocent village the US and its allies accidently drone strike into oblivion, we create more people who hate the West. We certainly don't make it easier by jumping in there like Rambo, killing everyone and then asking if they were ISIS after they're dead.
This is not a problem we can solve by blowing up people.
I'm sorry if I sound angrier than I actually am, but this assumption that the west is regularly destroying schools and hospitals, and attacking civilians with drones is an utter fallacy, and a dangerous one. There is absolutely no difference whatsoever between ordinance deployed by drone, or by man piloted aircraft.
The same rules of engagement are used and strictly adhered to. ISIS want everyone to believe that this sort of thing happens all the time, but believe me, it absolutely does not. A lot of their footage is very old, from far removed conflicts before drones were even used, if it isn't actually filmed footage of the results of their own, or their allies attacks on "enemy" villages, that they blame on the West.
What is the alternative, however? To not engage the enemy? To back off in fear of doing more harm? People bang on about learning from history, as if Iraq is some sort of trump card, but what happens if you don't engage? Or leave it until your enemy has consolidated and mobilised and is smashing through central Europe.
Something has to be done, and it will be done on many levels, not just militarily. But violent direct action will still be a part of that resolution, because at this stage it must be. We must engage and destroy their leadership, training facilities and infrastructure. Other methods will be deployed at the same time, politics, diplomacy, economics and education. It's not one solution.