The public move by the Obama administration, to try to internationalize the fight on terror, has been a great move that I fully support.
While North Korea and Russia seem intent on making sure we don’t throw out all of our history of war books, the world of war has seen a fundamental shift. Wars without borders, fighters without a state. After millennia of fighting against neighboring powers, countries of the world have been slow to shift to the new reality.
The worldwide support against ISIS is a critical step in the right direction, one that I hope leads to more steps. Fighting terrorism walks a fine line between ‘war’ and ‘policing’ and it’s time that countries dive into those murky waters to come up with a better solution.
No one can say what this solution is going to look like, just as there were no bullet proof vests when the first shot was fired. However, I do think that it needs to happen at the United Nations level.
The nations of the world need to come up with general set of laws regarding terrorism and murder that all can agree upon. That is step one, and hopefully one that has the possibility of actually being accomplished.
Step 2 is to create a system of dealing with aggressors while maintaining a country’s sovereignty. After all, we wouldn’t have responded well if China sent troops into our country after the Oklahoma City Bombing. Nor would we respond well to Russia stationing troops at every school nationwide after a mass shooting.
I don’t know what this process would look like, but with experimentation, an acceptable outcome should be attainable.
Step 3 would be to make sure that these future policing/war acts are performed by the world’s countries, accepted by the world’s countries. Terrorism is not a crime against America, so fighting against it should not be an American act. Sure it may be seen as a Pollyanna view of the world, and I accept that. Ultimately we are talking about fundamentally changing the look of war, something that has looked pretty similar since the first two cavemen started hitting each other with clubs.
We might as well start with some high ideals and work down from there.