Former prime minister Tony Abbott has warned the West’s campaign in Syria will be “long, difficult and pricey”, and has referred to as for the “correct intervention” to ultimately defeat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
In a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Research Asia in Singapore overnight, Mr Abbott acknowledged past interventions in Iraq and Libya had ended badly.
But he argued the decision not to intervene in Syria sooner had been even a lot more disastrous.
“A quarter of a million dead 7 million internally displaced and 4 million in camps beyond the borders pondering of coming to Europe whilst Islamic State posts, on the web, for the globe to see, ever more barbaric techniques to kill folks,” he told the audience.
Mr Abbott stated the “appropriate intervention” was needed in Syria or the threat to the world’s peace and prosperity would only get worse, but he conceded that locating a strategy was the challenge.
Because losing the prime ministership in September, Mr Abbott has used a series of public lectures to argue for the West to step up its military commitment in Syria, arguing air strikes alone would not defeat IS.
On Wednesday night, he emphasised the need for leadership from the outside and welcomed the United States’ decision to send a lot more special forces troops into the nation, saying it was a sign the nation was “finally edging towards the action necessary to win this war”.
Mr Abbott once more raised the prospect of Western troops fighting alongside local forces in Syria or even the establishment of secure-havens protected by no-fly zones.
“It will be a long, hard and costly engagement, fairly possibly the job of decades not years,” he mentioned.
“But ahead of we shrink from such a prospect we must keep in mind how much the world has gained from the US and its allies’ sustained, post-war willingness to stand up for universal values as properly as for their own interests.”
The speech was delivered on the identical day the former prime minister called for a “religious revolution” inside Islam, declaring “cultures are not all equal”.
“We’ve got to work closely with reside-and-let-live Muslims since there wants to be, as president [Abdel Fattah] Al-Sisi of Egypt has mentioned, a religious revolution inside Islam,” Mr Abbott stated.
“All of those items that Islam has never had — a reformation, an enlightenment, a well-created idea of the separation of church and state — that demands to occur.”
His comments drew criticism from the Muslim community in Australia as properly as the Federal Opposition, which named on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pull his predecessor into line.
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