A couple of things occurred to me after hearing that a British aid worker has joined the ranks of sacrificial lambs to western politics.
Two arguments go against the grain that it's a regional war and those in the region have to sort it.
First conventional borders have been erased by the new State. It is coming perilously close to obliterating even more - Jordan and Turkey, who incidentally is a Shiria state want-to-be under Erdogan.
The once assumed safe haven of Baghdad you'll note is surrounded by them making the formation of an all inclusive Iraqi state more difficult than it has been already.
That covers the territorial part of the argument.
Now for personnel. You'll remember the first two deaths were American journalists. The third a Brit and the fourth, another Brit, is fingered. Remember they hold Italians and Turkish diplomats too. They seem to be choosing those who have a connection with the military as their first victims no matter it may have been from generations back. An excuse is an excuse. Don't think for one minute that when they run out of captives that have any sort of military history they'll not turn to who ever is left.
Back to my argument. Americans and Brits. That alone should make it ours. But more than that consider how many foreign nations are in the middle east in ongoing business ventures. I remember when my husband was working for both an oil company then an electronics firm where his travels took him. Damascas, Beirut, Israel to mention a few plus a good number of South American countries. Those were days of relative peace but I can recall his stories of kids playing soccer with military rifles slung over their shoulders. This is what it has escalated into.
The radical groups who do not call themselves ISIL and are operating in different territory will feed off of its success. What happens when business or oil patch workers are captured and paraded out for execution? Are we going to say it's a British problem if they are Brits? Or Canadian or Italian or Swiss or whatever?
The politicians cannot quit playing politics even when human lives are at stake. People who care more about truth and compassion than politics are the ones losing their lives. Meanwhile in Washington, the dreary beat goes on.
When they won't face up to the facts about our own border, I don't expect they'll ever face up to the facts elsewhere.
They don't want our boots on the ground. How about a bunch of $800 wingtips? They'll quickly learn the reality of not having skilled leadership and forces to back them up!