The United States has warned that it will not be “the last” country to use military force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists if it is needed to prevent another attack on the West.
“If there is an imminent threat to U.T.O. in the U.K., it’s our right to act as quickly as possible,” White House spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday.
“But, I would also say to anyone in the future who wants to do that, that it would be a very dangerous thing to do,” he added.
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution calling on countries to “exercise the right to self-defense” if attacked by ISIL.
The council also adopted a “consensus” that the U-turn is “not an acceptable option.”
“The U-Turn is not an acceptable solution.
This is not a one-time event,” said China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Zhenmin.
“It is a very serious matter and we will not stand idly by.
We have a responsibility to act.
We cannot wait for others to act.”
The U.-turn, as well as the use of the word “coalition” to describe U.s. action, has sparked outrage among some Western countries.
The council is expected to adopt a new resolution on Tuesday that will also call on the international community to “immediately” deploy “peacekeepers” in the Middle East to protect civilians in the wake of the latest ISIL attacks.
A U.-turn has also come under attack from some lawmakers, who are pushing to keep the military option in place in the face of ISIL’s gains in Iraq and Syria.
“This is not about protecting civilians.
This has got to be about defeating ISIL,” said U. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Graham, along with many Republicans in Congress, have expressed concern that the military might be used to fight ISIL.
“We have to be prepared for the worst case scenario, we have to get our troops home, we’ve got to get troops out,” Graham told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“We have got to stop ISIL from taking our nation.”