In this short piece, FCNL* asks all the right questions. The answers appear a bit simplistic at first glance, but imagine the possibilities if the world community had started with this approach and then aggressively fleshed out the necessary details.
Here’s a sample:
As FCNL watches the violence in Iraq and Syria and the U.S. bombing, we long for an answer of how to stop the killing and protect the people at risk. Some of you have shared with us your belief and frustration that military action seems like the only way to stop ISIS militants. We do not have all the answers at FCNL, but we remain concerned that this military action — like so many before it — will not help build a world free of war and the threat of war; indeed, it is likely to lead to greater violence and endless war.
Many of you had specific concerns about nonmilitary responses to ISIS, which we’ve offered our perspective on here:
How can the U.S. stop IS from killing people without going to war?
Seeking an end to ISIS requires acknowledging how ISIS began. ISIS grew out of the violence unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and its aftermath, and the Syrian civil war. It has attracted thousands of recruits, the vast majority of whom are from Iraq and Syria, based on financial incentives and ideological promises of glory and opposition to perceived U.S. and Iranian hegemony. A group bombed into existence cannot simply be bombed out of existence. Instead, the U.S. must act immediately through a comprehensive strategy with local and international stakeholders to prevent further violence, while ensuring that any response does not do more harm over the long term: …..
Read the full article here: http://fcnl.org/issues/iraq/islamic_state_faq/
*Friends Committee on National Legislation, FCNL.org