Clinton: Airstrikes 'Critical' Against ISIS

Former Secretary of State speaks in Canada, says military action against ISIS should be followed up with an information war.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said that military action is "critical" to the U.S.-led fight against the “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, but is "not sufficient" on its own.

"I think military action is critical. In fact, I would say essential to try to prevent their further advance and their holding of more territory," Clinton told an audience at the Canada 2020 conference in Ottawa, and was quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

"Military action alone is not sufficient," Clinton quickly added, describing the fight against Islamic jihadists as "a long-term commitment."

"We have to fight an information war as well as an air war," she said, according to the CBC, noting it was "a very attractive cause for alienated young people" — in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere — who have taken up arms alongside the violent extremists.

"We turn away from it at our peril," she cautioned.

Clinton said she was aware of the debate Canadian politicians were having in Parliament, just a couple blocks away, over Canada's additional contribution to the U.S.-led mission.

"The United States, I'm sure, will welcome and respect whatever level of support Canada decides is appropriate to help meet this shared challenge," said Clinton.

While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he intends to join American airstrikes on ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the move was met by sharp criticism from Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau acknowledged that ISIS is a "threat to regional and global security" in his speech Thursday at the Canada 2020 conference, but added, "Mr. Harper has made no effort to build a non-partisan case for war," claiming a parallel to the 2003 Iraq war he termed the "Iraq fiasco."

Clinton described Canada as "an exceptional partner" in the U.S. effort toward global peace and prosperity.

"As two close friends, we will not always agree on every issue, but the core values that unite us are unshakable," she said.