I think the West has understood the high risks involved in a ground battle based on previous experience. There have been a lot of challenges in engaging a war with an organisation that is spreading its wings across the region where guns have never fallen silent in the past more than a decade.
A ground battle involves plenty of logistics related issues, which they have clearly apprehended from the Gulf War that ignited many of the prevailing issues in the region. The spread of the conflict in a manner that concerned a lot for the existence of humanity itself and needs to be tackled, accordingly.
It is absolutely true that any half-hearted attempt would be counter-productive, as far as the rivals only understands the language of either to kill or being killed. Ignoring all the basic of confrontations, this is one of the key concerns and entirely different from any conflicts of the past several decades.
The fact is that a group led by an uncivilised squad is never bothered to listen to the hue and cry of the world, but follows an entirely different portfolio and ignores the fundamentals of respecting humanity.
At the same time, the world is still unable to understand the agony of several thousands of ordinary people — women and children in particular — suffering in the border states of the warring countries. How can a moderate world continue to ignore them?
Ramachandran Nair, by email
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