Tunisian Salafi Islamists attend a rally in the central town of Kairouan

We should demand military action against Islamic State

How would Margaret Thatcher have responded to the massacre of dozens of British citizens in Tunisia?

Only a fortnight ago, we were having a barbecue with friends when the subject of Tunisia came up. Maddie announced that she and a group from uni were thinking of holidaying there. “It’s amazing

it’s sooo cheap,” she said. “You can stay in a five-star hotel and everything for two hundred and forty quid.”

Maddie’s father raised an eyebrow. “There’s got to be a reason it’s so cheap, darling,” he said. “Probably because it’s not safe. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“What do you think, Alli?” Maddie asked, turning to me for support.

“The trouble with a place like Tunisia,” I said, “is everything seems fine and then, if you have a terrorist attack, everything is really not fine in about three seconds. Plus, some of the locals may be sympathetic to the terrorists. After that attack on that museum [in Tunis in March], they clearly have a major problem. Sorry, Madz, I don’t think you should risk it.”

  • Aside from the fact that post-modern Westerners have no fracking clue that culture still matters, do they have the stomach to completely obliterate ISIS?

    One hopes they do.

    • I do not believe they do. we seem afraid to admit that winning wars means killing the enemy.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        No, winning wars these days seems to mean letting the problem grow until it can’t be ignored any longer.
        When the Islamic State grows strong enough to mount an attack on Italy then they will start to take notice.
        The Mafia won’t stand for that.
        And I don’t mean attack like a few pressure cookers bombs in a subway.
        I mean when they have an army intent on taking over the Vatican sitting on a beach head on their southern shores.

      • And killing the enemy is wrong how?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Not since World War II have we demanded that an enemy unconditionally surrender. That tells me all I need to know about the will by our political classes to defeat an enemy.

  • canminuteman

    No one in the Western world has the military capability to take on ISIS any more. Britain had a choice. It could maintain its national defense or it could spend billions on foreign aid to Pakistan and keeping millions of muslims like Anjem Choudri living in Britain on “benefits”. It chose the latter.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      One day they might figure it out.
      My kids have become teenagers.
      And their friends have overstayed their welcome sometimes.
      I’m getting less than subtle at telling them to get the fuck out.