Pro Arguments with Con Responses January 2017 Champion Briefs 73 Warrant: ISIL can’t attack the U.S. Calderone, Michael. "Americans Panicked Over ISIS Threat That Experts Say Isn't Imminent." The Huffington Post . TheHuffingtonPost.com, 9 Sept. 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.. <- threat_n_5791594.html>. Similarly, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said last month that the Islamic State does not have “the capability right now to conduct a major attack on the U.S. homeland.” National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen said Wednesday that “we have no credible information that ISIL is planning to attack the United States.” The Islamic State certainly warrants media coverage, given its territorial gains in Iraq and Syria and its brutal tactics, such as the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists in recent weeks. Moreover, supporters of increased intervention argue that failing to address the threat in Iraq and Syria could create a safe haven where militants could plot a future attack against the U.S., a similar rationale to the one used to justify the war in Afghanistan. They also argue that members of the Islamic State who hold American or European passports could reach U.S. soil and perpetrate an attack, or that someone in the U.S. who is inspired by the group could build a crude bomb or stage a small-scale attack. Analysis: If ISIL isn’t a threat to the U.S. then there is no need for intervention and delinks the aff from their impact.
Pro Arguments with Con Responses January 2017 Champion Briefs 74 Answer: Intervention makes the conflict worse. Warrant: Intervention increases terrorism. Eland, Ivan. "Does U.S. intervention overseas breed terrorism?" Cato Institute . N.p.,1998. Web. <- interventionoverseasbreedterrorismhistoricalrecord> The large number of terrorist attacks that occurred in retaliation for an interventionist American foreign policy implicitly demonstrates that terrorism against U.S. targets could be significantly reduced if the United States adopted a policy of military restraint overseas . That policy change has become even more critical now that ostensibly "weak" terrorists whether sponsored by states or operating independently might have both the means and the motive to inflict enormous devastation on the U.S. homeland with weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. military presence in Lebanon in the early 1980s and in Somalia and Saudi Arabia in the 1990s also spawned terrorist attacks . The Iranians hated the United States for its longtime support of the shah and resented the U.S. presence in Lebanon. In Somalia in 1993 the now- infamous Osama bin Laden trained the Somali tribesmen who conducted ambushes of U.S. peacekeeping forces in support of Somali clan leader Mohammed Farah Aideed.
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