The numbers are in on the first XYZ viewers poll, which examined the best way to deal once and for all with the Islamic State, with the result that a strong majority of The XYZ’s readers favour a full scale invasion.
When asked “How should we deal with ISIS?” 67% of XYZ viewers voted for “The Iraq Approach: Full scale conventional invasion.” 22% voted for “The Afghanistan Approach: Special forces leading indigenous fighters for fast and flexible campaign,” while surprisingly, 11% “welcome our totalitarian overlords.” It must be noted that because of the small survey sample, we cannot be certain whether this 11% is genuine, had a slip of the finger, or is just taking the piss.
From a discussion initiated by The XYZ editors in a transparent attempt to drum up views and likes, it appears that although there is disagreement over what created the power vacuum which ISIS has been able to fill, there is consensus on two main points:
1) Any new invasion will need to involve much greater numbers, so that order and the safety of Iraq’s citizens can be protected from the outset, stifling the momentum of any insurgency.
2) For this force to remain for decades, much like in Germany and South Korea, to maintain stability and allow the fledgling Iraqi democracy to flourish.
In short, there needs to be as much focus on winning the peace as there is on winning the war.
Come visit us at The XYZ to have your say on The XYZ’s new viewer poll, “Will the world come to an end if the ABC is privatised?”