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Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, October 8, 2015

Denmark will burn its fingers in Syria

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen wants to step up the fight against the IS terror organisation, calling on Wednesday for an extension of the mandate for airstrikes that has been in force for one year. A dangerous move, the left-liberal daily Politiken believes: "So the government wants to attack a sovereign country without a UN mandate - at a time when the danger of a military confrontation with the Russian Air Force now active in the region is increasing. It is worrying that the prime minister is willing to send Denmark to war against a well-armed enemy with a casual turn of phrase. In addition there's no telling that the bombs will really make an impact. ... The IS can't be defeated by more airstrikes. If the government refuses to carry out a thorough analysis of Denmark's options, the opposition must insist that it does. The experiences with rash wars without a UN mandate does not bode well for such a mission. Let's not make that mistake again."

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