On terror: Europe needs to step it up



Members of the public gather in Brussels to leave messages and tributes following the terrorist attacks on March 22. Columnist Slaughter says European leaders must aid in the effort to defeat ISIS

REID SLAUGHTER, Opinion Columnist

Europe needs to step it up.

First, let me state the obvious, the United States of America is not the world police. It is not the responsibility nor the goal of the U.S. military to be involved in every fight despite what some Neo-Liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton or Marco Rubio believe.

However, it is important that when our military does fight, we know what we are fighting for and why. Unfortunately, it seems that the European nations fundamentally do not understand this, and as a result continue to suffer terrorist attacks.

The attack in Brussels is the direct result to the lukewarm response to ISIS and the crisis in the Middle East. Currently, the European Union is doing nothing to address radical Islamic terror, has no plan for eliminating it or how to properly manage the Syrian refugees.

If anything, it’s almost as if they are waiting for America to do something about it so they do not have to be responsible. The terrorist attack in Brussels was not caused by a lack of American intervention, but a lack of European one.

European nations are obviously weary from the Iraq war, I understand that. Many Americans are as well. However, the Iraq War was started for absolutely no reason against an enemy who wasn’t truly our enemy based on lies from the Bush Administration (both of them).

The War Against ISIS, however, isn’t based on lies. Many Americans, Westerners, Japanese, Chinese and Russians have all been killed by ISIS. Homosexuals have been thrown off of cliffs and young children who refuse to practice their radical Islam have been killed.

Thanks to ISIS, Brussels has been attacked, so has Paris, a Russian Airliner has been brought down, 14 people were killed in California, all because of ISIS.

Unfortunately, because of the timid actions of European leaders such as Angela Merkel, the conversation isn’t how we are going to defeat ISIS, but if we should at all.

Instead of striking a balance away from the George W. Bush School of Interventionism, our allies have gone in the opposite direction. They are so afraid of a long conflict that they aren’t willing to dedicate the appropriate resources to either national security or foreign fighting forces.

As long as they continue to do so, we will continue to see similar attacks in Europe.