A poll in the Independent newspaper today suggested that 65% of Brits don't want Britain to get involved in military action against ISIS in Iraq and this rises to 80% against when the possibility of sending ground troops is mentioned.
Meanwhile on US news sites, the overwhelming majority of comments are saying that the U.S. has no business in Iraq and Obama should stay away from any military activity.
Generally i would agree with these views but it is complicated by the fact that it was the actions of the UK and US a decade ago that allowed the conditions for ISIS to emerge so i feel we have a moral obligation to go back and fix it.
We removed Saddam on the flimsiest of reasons and Al Queada poured into the country but despite the car bombs and ethnic cleansing going on, we wiped our hands, called it 'Mission Accomplished' and removed our troops and in come an even worse bunch than Al Queada, a bunch we were previously keen to support when they did their killing in Syria.
The British and Americans Governments are trying to put a full stop after they withdrew their troops, to state that what is happening now is a new chapter and not linked to what the two countries, and others, did in 2003, but it is directly because of what they did in 2003.
The case could even be made that the current day events have a thread running back to the 1970's Afghanistan and the Western backed Mujaheddin who mutated into Al Queada and who are the forerunner of the newcomer to the the terrorist gang, ISIS.
It IS our business because the UK and US with people like GWB, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are directly responsible for what is happening in Iraq today due to a lack of foresight and some awful and deceitful past decisions.
Whether that means we should get into another war is open to debate but to say that we have no business there is wrong, we had no business in 2003 but because of what we did then, the same nations are morally obliged to go back in 2014 and protect the Iraqi's that they so shamefully exposed to such danger.