A Foreign Policy for All

Is ISIL ‘Banking’ On Inaction?

Over a year ago, just as the US bombing campaign on the so-called Islamic State was beginning, Peace Action issued a call for measures we believed then, and still believe, are more effective than endless war.  These alternatives included:

  • Tighten loopholes in existing sanctions to help cut off ISIL’s funding streams:
  • Cut off U.S. government contracts with anyone doing business with ISIL
  • Restrict ISIL’s access to the international financial system

Peace Action has a long record of putting forward postive, practical alternatives to military force.  It is a great disapointment that it’s taken the US over a year to ‘get with the program’.

Presently, the United States and Russia are working on a Security Council resolution at the United Nations that will, at long last, move to cut off revenues to ISIL.

On December 17th finance ministers from the 15 members of the Security Council are expected at a special meeting at the UN to coordinate intelligence and financial measures to cut ISIL’s revenue stream and put pressure on countries to do more to identify and stop wealthy individuals suspected of donating money to the terrorists.

It’s a start but it hardly goes far enough.  More aggressive efforts are needed to prosecute individuals and sanction nations that support ISIL.  That’s because donor nations, and wealthy individuals, already known to be supporting ISIL are our so-called allies, including many from the Persian Gulf.  That’s a big reason why there is little emphasis on concrete penalties and sanctions needed to effectively disrupt ISIL’s financing.

Send a message to President Obama.  Take effective action in support of tougher a UN resolution that cuts ISIL’s access to money, recruits and weapons.   Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1414 or email the President at whitehouse.gov.

 

2 replies »

  1. I DON’T AGREE THAT WE NEED TO SANCTION ISIS ETC. WE NEED TO STOP KILLING PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST & STOP MEDDLING IN THE AFFAIRS OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS. THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST WILL MAKE THE CHANGES NEEDED IN THEIR OWN SOCIETIES. NEITHER SANCTIONS – WHICH FOR YEARS IN IRAQ WERE KILLING 150 – 200 CHILDREN UNDER 5-YEARS-OF AGE EVERY DAY!!!! – NOR REPLACING GOVERNMENTS WITH THOSE OF OUR CHOSING WILL WORK TO BUILD A JUST AND PEACEFUL WORLD. OUR ARROGANCE IS – SHAMEFUL! LEE LOE, GRANDMOTHER FOR PEACE & SURVIVAL

  2. In reality some western countries including Turkey, somehow support these wild animals, enemies of humanity. They have to stop this dirty deal and truly attack them to sweep out these elements of stone era from all countries across the world. In my opinion it is necessary to this war against ISIS must be guided tactically and strategically by one of human right/ or peace organization, to really mobilize and lead this movement against these animals in positive and successful way. I am quite sure these freals can not resist against honest internatioal forces and I bid within not more than 3 month would be totally dismentalled, defeated and would be killed and vanished from all places in the world.

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