Paris attacks: a wake up call for humanity

staff editorial

Since terrorists launched the attacks on Paris on Nov. 13, it has become very clear that the United States’ foreign policy strategy in Syria needs to change as soon as possible.

The terrorist network ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claimed responsibility for the horrific events that unfolded on that unforgettable day. Several of the suspects have been killed, while a few remain at large.

President Barack Obama spoke about the attack on Nov. 16, referring to it as a “sickening setback.” Well, Mr. President, your use of the word “setback” doesn’t even begin to describe the horror on display within the French capital.

The attack is an example of the weak foreign policy the United States has utilized toward Syria since Obama took office nearly seven years ago. It has been obvious for a very long time that our current strategy isn’t enough.

Both the United States and France are members of an alliance known as NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The group promises to “safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.”

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, a document that established NATO, reads, “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all…”

The attack on Paris should be considered an attack on the United States as well as an attack on the other 26 nations in the alliance. So shouldn’t France invoke Article 5? Absolutely. But why hasn’t our ally done so?

The problem is that the Obama administration would never agree to launching a NATO offensive in Syria. For NATO to declare war, they need the U.S. on board, but it’s highly unlikely Obama would concede.

He continues to insist that our current strategy is sufficient, and that we have “contained” ISIS. But the attacks have proven otherwise.

As Senator Ted Cruz accurately stated, “[Obama] may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us.”

So what will end this threat? Troops, an increased number of bombings, and no-fly zones are some of the military strategies that should be implemented.

Other members of NATO are willing to join France in the assault on ISIS.

But the United States is inarguably the strongest military force on the face of the planet.A NATO attack on ISIS must include the U.S.

With America on board, a NATO offensive (including tactical strikes and ground troops) could quickly and efficiently crush ISIS.

But we cannot wait for the 2016 election for a president willing to demolish ISIS. The U.S. needs to join with the rest of  NATO, or the world we live in will change very soon, and not for the better.