Who would know Germany, long-known for its militaristic tendencies and prowess in war, would turn into supine France when it came to dealing with the ISIS crisis?
On Monday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking to reporters in Brussels, decided pusillanimous behavior would solve the crisis, arguing that negotiations to end the civil war in Syria would stop the Islamic terrorism plaguing the world.
Steinmeier quivered, "We stand before the dilemma that the battle against Isis must be continued, but everyone also knows that in the end the battle against terrorism can't be won militarily. I personally remain convinced that... we will only move forward in the Middle East if, above all, we work energetically on those questions which can lead to a de-escalation of the conflict in Syria."
Steinmeier acknowledged Germany has armed and trained Kurds fighting ISIS, but continued, "We will have to do both, we will continue our support in the fight against Isis, but we will also have to search even harder to solutions for the core conflict, the civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year.”
Funny how Steinmeier sounds so much like the fearless leader of the United States, who said in July, "In order for us to defeat terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda, we must discredit their ideology. This broader challenge of countering violent extremism. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas.”
Yup, those Nazi tanks sure went down fast when we dropped leaflets on them. Saddam Hussein fled back home from Kuwait because of the strong rhetoric from George H. W. Bush, and the British turned and ran when the Declaration of Independence was published.
"We stand before the dilemma that the battle against Isis must be continued, but everyone also knows that in the end the battle against terrorism can't be won militarily."
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on ISIS
As eminent historian Max Boot outlined, a strategy can be implemented to defeat ISIS militarily. Boot recommended a multi-pronged approach, including, intensifying air strikes, lifting the prohibition on U.S. "boots on the ground, increasing the size of the U.S. force, working with all of Iraq's and Syria's moderate factions, sending in the Joint Special Operations Command, drawing Turkey into the war, and imposing a no-fly zone over part or all of Syria.
But don’t tell Western leaders that wars are won with bullets and men; they’re far too interested in lulling their countries to sleep so Islamic terrorist can keep on butchering their innocent victims.
Perhaps we can send ISIS cupcakes?