UN Security Council adopts French resolution to fight ISIS

Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution on Friday calling on member nations to combat “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security.”

The attacks on the Paris nightclub and in various other locations around the city took the lives of 130 people.

France’s resolution, submitted on November 18, accentuates the obligation of all UN members to harmonize the military efforts for members which are currently engaged in the fight against global terror cells, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to eradicate ISIS safe havens.

The resolution cited a string of recent attacks perpetrated by ISIS in Paris, Beirut (Lebanon), Ankara (Turkey), Sousse (Tunisia), and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt.

Similarly, the resolution’s language included “the continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of humanitarian law, as well as barbaric acts of destruction and looting of cultural heritage” carried out by ISIS.

Warning of the probability of future attacks, the resolution directs Member States with the faculties and expertise to counter ISIS to undertake all military measures required within the confines of established international law to defeat ISIS.

By its violent extremist ideology, its terrorist acts, its continued gross systematic and widespread attacks directed against civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including those driven on religious or ethnic ground, its eradication of cultural heritage and trafficking of cultural property,” ISIL constitutes “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security,” the resolution read.

Tethering dark levity to the Security Council vote, Bashar Ja’afari, Syrian ambassador to the UN, stated:

“Welcome to everybody who finally woke up and joined the club of combating terrorists.”   

No one should underestimate the willingness of ISIS to carry out further attacks.

While ISIS’ wickedness is greeted with universal condemnation, one vital question remains:  Will Member States liaise militarily on the ground and in the skies over Iraq and Syria to obliterate ISIS or will this resolution be ignored in favor of out-of-control ego trips?

The world cannot afford to see global powers and their leaders waste an opportunity to strike a decisive and historic blow at ISIS’ coarse barbarism.


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