Face of the Day

Gerry and Amy

Gerry is off to fight ISIS

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee [has left] to attend the Counter-Daesh Defence Ministers? Meeting in Paris.

The meeting is being hosted by French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and United States Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on October 25.

“As we have seen recently, Daesh continues to pose a significant threat not only to the citizens of Iraq and Syria but also the wider world,” Mr Brownlee says.

“These meetings provide an important opportunity to engage with other partners involved in the global coalition to counter the threat posed by Daesh.

“We will discuss the progress being made across all the coalition lines of effort, including supporting the commencement of the campaign to liberate Mosul and efforts to destroy Daesh?s external operations,” Mr Brownlee says.

New Zealand has around 100 troops alongside 300 Australians undertaking a Building Partner Capacity training mission at Taji Military Base near Baghdad.

Not a lot that Gerry can assist with. ?And I doubt he’ll go with an attitude of learning that the problem isn’t just ISIS (or Daesh), but their world-wide support system of Muslims that are at the core more committed to a world-wide Caliphate rather than the various countries they live in.

They don’t even have to be radicalised. ?The fact we allow people to live here that do not actually commit to the freedoms and lifestyle we all enjoy, and essentially wait until they can change that, is something successive governments must have an awareness of.

Sure, terrorism is awful. ?Assimilation over generations is a much bigger problem.