Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-wife of Syria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Doug Bandow in his Forbes piece does make good points and the “robust action” that Dr Alf talks about is going to have knock on consequences with Russia which may not allow America and its allies to bomb on the Syrian side of the border without some quid pro quo or some resistance.
President Assad can be covertly helped for now to defeat ISIS on his side of the border whilst American firepower in the form of missiles, B52 strikes, napalm and cluster bombs can be used in “free fire zones” in the desert and open uninhabited spaces where ISIS camps and travels about.
Would be ISIS fighters flocking to their cause and travelling need to be dealt with at airports and at home wherever they are found and stripped of their passports to stop them from travelling or returning. Their activities before they start travelling amount to incitement to murder, treason and sedition as do the activities of those who help them. We have the 1318 Treason Act on the statute book and we have the SAS and mercenary forces to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the cancer in our midst that cannot be safely dealt with by the courts and the police.
Other countries in Europe have similar mercenary forces to whom this covert work could be assigned. This avoids the need for declarations of war or official “boots on the ground” other than by people like the renamed Blackwater(XE), Saladin Security Services and Executive Outcomes, supported by drones and fighting robots programmed to hunt ISIS members down in built up areas and avoid what Dr Alf likes to call collateral damage.
First we need to deal with ISIS then after they have been neutralized we need to deal with the longer term threat posed by militant Islam via Saudi Arabia and Qatar which are allegedly financing terrorists.
The Assad regime odious though it is needs to be helped for now and encouraged to step down later with the help of Russia whose Vladimir Putin will not be there forever.