World Bulletin / News Desk
Søren Espersen, a senior Danish People’s Party spokesman who is also head of the Dutch parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, said on Sunday that the US-led military campaign against ISIL, which Denmark is participating in, should focus on bombing civilian targets, in particular women and children.
Speaking two days after ISIL claimed credit for the Paris attacks, Espersen said that the West is carrying out its campaign like “gentlemen” but needs to get more aggressive if it is ever to win the fight against ISIL.
“We aren’t bombing spots where there are civilians, but we need to start doing so. IS hides behind women and children in villages and towns and they know that we are gentlemen won’t bomb them. That needs to end,” he told TV2.
When asked if that meant he thought the West should bomb women and children, Espersen said “yes, of course”.
“We need to when that’s where the IS fighters are. Those women are also to a large extent part of the system. We can no longer have a situation in which IS operates completely freely knowing full well that they won’t be bombed,” he said.
“We need to develop the war into a real war, otherwise we will lose,” Espersen added.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, a spokesman for the ruling Venstre party, said that it would not support striking civilian targets.
“We won’t bomb women and children. We aren’t barbarians,” he told TV2.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Kasım 2015, 13:23