• Quote of the Day – Evan T on ISIS

    Evan T made this incisive comment:

    I wonder when the UN is going to get off their collective asses and decide to do something. Or does ISIS first have to occupy some major oil producing facility? History is finite; every single piece we lose, we can never recover. We’ve already lost so much to ideological stupidity (buddhas in China, shiite mosques in sunni countries, buddhas again by the Taliban and now this). Of course, all this destruction is by itself a monument; a monument to the human capacity to destroy.

    It seems as though the powers that be have been stung into moral paralysis. There appears to be no depths that these people can go to. Far less took place for the West to pronounce both Gulf Wars.

    And I suppose it is the lesson learnt from there and Afghanistan which leaves powerful nations reticent to march into areas outside of their remit. The problem is, no neighbouring nations seem to be doing anything either. There is a moral and political vaccum, and it’s bloody worrying.

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    Article by: Jonathan MS Pearce

    • Jeff Pinner

      The problem with the UN trying to take action is that what is needed is OFFENSIVE action, as opposed to PEACEKEEPING action, which is what the UN is designed for. Unfortunately, the SG of the UN has no offensive capability, and with the exception of the US, USSR and China, none of the other nations has much in that department, either. Their forces are set up for defense, or like Canada, for peacekeeping. What is needed is the ability to take ground and then hold it, for which the US Marines are best suited.

      Now if the people of my nation would only put aside their black helicopter day dreams and put the Marines at the disposal of the SG, then…

      • epicurus

        Over the years I’ve seen many articles regarding the Canadian military’s frustration with their peacekeeping role in places like the Balkans where they were sent into an area where peace needed to be made, not kept. And when they were in a situation to actually take ground and push the trouble makers out, they were prohibited by their UN mandate, or in more immediate situations when they were under fire and wanted to fight back, but had to get the ok. Unfortunately, it was after working hours and right before the weekend and the UN bureaucracy had gone home. So the soldiers just had to dig in and take it.
        After many situations like that, I’ve read the average Canadian solider doesn’t really want to do peace keeping duties anymore, they see it as ineffective. They would much rather take the fight to someone like the Taliban, as they did in Afghanistan. Whether that was a success or not, well, I’d rather not comment.

        • epicurus

          And I mean success regarding the overall point of fighting in Afghanistan, not the Canadian military’s ability to win individual battles against the Taliban, they consistently did that.

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