Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

For the past three weeks a multinational coalition has been engaged in an air campaign against the Islamic State. We've been told the fight will be a long one, but will it be a just one?

In the linked post I question whether air strikes are sufficient means to the end of defeating IS and protecting innocent civilians. This is not a simple theoretic question, but a pressing policy issue. The people of Kobane have been fighting a concerted IS attack for several weeks and air support has not yet been able to turn the tide. If they are defeated it will almost certainly result in a massacre. Perhaps it's time to seriously consider putting boots on the ground. 

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Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on October 13, 2014 at 11:05am

I quite share your sentiment Mr. Blunt.Truly its high time we started putting boots on the ground with the proviso that the War against ISIL is conducted in a just manner.The De-humanization and sacrilegious acts in Iraq and Syria are just too harrowing.These we see in the Media everyday.

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