Worried about the advance of ISIL across the Levant? Worried about the atrocities being carried out against Christians and other minorities in Iraq? RELAX – the EU has it sorted.
EU foreign ministers have condemned “atrocities and abuses” against religious minorities in Iraq, with Germany warning it cannot stand by and watch people being “slaughtered”. The emergency meeting in Brussels left it to individual states whether they would arm Iraq’s Kurds against Islamic State (IS) militants in the north. France and the US have already moved to supply the Kurds with arms. IS violence has driven an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. After the talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was flying to Iraq to meet Kurdish leaders and the government in Baghdad to discuss what support is most needed. “We cannot just watch as people are slaughtered there,” he said after the foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. “If the current threat level persists, I can’t rule out that we will have to deliver weapons.”
Wow, that’s impressive stuff. So the mighty EU has issued — a statement. ISIL must be trembling at the news that Germany “might” do something “if” things continue. The EU offers soft power, and nothing else. It’s impotence has been exposed and whilst a few of the individual NATION states within it act, the entity itself simply trots out statements. ISIL will not be in the least bothered. We should be.