Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Times letter: Turkey should not be expected to be the only external country fighting ISIS on the ground

THE TIMES - online here; published in print edition on Saturday 11 October

Sir, Given that the US and UK have ruled out sending in ground troops, it is odd that western commentators demand that Turkey becomes the first and only country to do just that. Given the tragic history of relations between Turks and Kurds, it is all the more important that the world acts collectively to protect them and others. If the West was serious about its objective of “degrading and defeating” Isis, it would devise a suitable military strategy. At present, it appears to wish to outsource to others what it is unwilling to do itself. Meanwhile, civilians pay the price.

John Slinger 

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