UK to Vote on Joining Military Action Against ISIS
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The UK Parliament is set to vote on the authorization of airstrikes (BBC) against ISIS in Iraq on Friday. The debate in Parliament began after Labour Party leader Ed Miliband gave Prime Minister David Cameron his party's support. The vote also comes a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi informed U.S. and French authorities of possible ISIS-planned attacks (France24) on subway systems in Paris and the United States based on Iraqi intelligence. Meanwhile, shells landed in Turkey (Reuters) from intensified U.S.-led airstrikes as ISIS continues to gain ground near the Syrian-Turkish border.
"Our argument should be that our military and diplomatic help is conditional on local progress, local compromise and local effort. That means that the states which have been feeding this conflict from a distance, notably Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, have to arrive at some kind of truce, while the damaged states at its center have to remake themselves, difficult though that is. Borders might change, formally or informally. It is not borders, which matter, but the restoration of something approaching a humane order," writes the Guardian.
"Of course, European allies can do more; of course, Asia's emerging powers should support the world order. But it is also plainly in America's interest to stay involved—and, when necessary, to show that it will put its might behind right, if only to deter the world's tyrants and terrorists from further mischief," writes the Economist.
"If the U.S.-led coalition routs ISIS in fairly short order, American casualties are kept to a minimum, and some sort of post-conflict settlement is cobbled together in Syria and Iraq, this could be another Kosovo war rather than another Iraq," writes John Cassidy in the New Yorker.