I see lots of support for the airstrikes and also for going to the next step of boots on the ground. I really disagree. I think western intervention is simply prolonging what needs to happen, which is civil wars within the muslim world between the Islamists and the rest of the population.
My stance has both selfish but also altruistic points attached to it:
- Our people should not be dying over there
- Our interventions install governments that are never going to last once we leave
- The Muslim people of the region need to fight these wars and establish change that had popular mandate over there
I saw Bill Maher mentioned this recently and while I don't think bill is very close to me on most issues, he has a correct stance, in my opinion, on the middle east.