This is nice to see, but…
— kobani (@Xunavmerdin) October 8, 2014
…”occupying” a London tube station will do precisely nothing to stop ISIS from taking Kobane, Syria.
Only military action on the ground will do that. It takes people who are willing and able to fight.
Among those “occupiers” are several able-bodied young men and women who could be doing quite a bit more than annoying Londoners and posing for pictures in a tube station. They could be taking up arms to defend their homelands against ISIS. Instead of asking able-bodied Americans to do it for them.
While I favor putting US troops on the ground to wipe out ISIS — because it’s inevitable that it will take Americans to do the job, and it’s naive to think that anyone else can or will do it — this protest makes me favor that a little bit less. The people in that photo are enjoying life in London while at least some of them expect Americans and others, including other Kurds, to fight on their behalf. After the protest, they will head off to dinner or back to class or whatever.
Job done? Hardly — the fighting rages on, and will for a long time.