This type of thread surfaces every now and then apparently to basically show how ruthless the Russians are how good we Americans are. Granted, the Russians probably do take less precautions than the Americans to avoid unnecessary deaths. However, there are examples of American collateral damage, as well. They may not be as publicized, but they are there.
As indicated in other threads, how does one effectively separate the good from the bad? These individuals (ISIS or other Middle Eastern militant groups) perpetually integrate themselves into the general populous and in and out again, and they join various equally as ruthless militant groups and then move to the next. So the idea of effectively isolating these individuals and killing only them is not possible. They are not 18th century British soldiers who march forward in bright red uniforms in a straight row so we can identify who they are. They are guerilla fighters.
Possibly a bad analogy but one they does illustrate what I am saying is: Suppose you had a cancer on one of your organs. They would either use chemotherapy, radiation or a surgical procedure to remove the cancer. In either method usually some healthy tissue will be damaged or removed in the process of destroying or removing the cancer. Sometimes if things have spread too far it is necessary to remove the whole organ or other tissue surrounding it. That is basically how one has to deal with ISIS. You don’t always get to remove only the diseased part.
Trying to pick the grain of pepper out of the sugar jar with a pair of tweezers doesn’t work, just like it didn’t work in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. What it does it extend our military presence perpetually for years and years and cause more deaths and insurmountable costs to our various nations. We become an eternal presence and establish our military bases there and try to run the show. It is not a good method to win friend and influence people. Do we honestly think we can go into these countries, “Hi I am from America, we are going to have a war, here are the rules and when we are done you will really like me and accept my value system; your chess move.” That unfortunately is our philosophy, It isn’t working. History says it doesn’t work.
We have to accept that war is ugly. If we enter a war, we are going to have all kind of tragedies and death. There will be all kinds of horrible atrocities that occur on both sides. They don’t play by our rules. That is reality. They don’t accept or appreciate our “rules”.
I am basically a non-interventionist when it comes to involvement in the internal affairs of other nations, except in rare instances. However, as a general rule we should avoid it. This philosophy make me as about as popular on this forum as someone wearing a Denver Broncos jersey to a New England Patriots rally.
If you don’t want war or hear about horrible things, don’t get involved in them. Unfortunate as they may be, these terrible things do occur in war.