As Common Dreams reported on Friday, the proposal does not invoke chapter seven of the UN charter, which authorizes use of force—but French officials are clear that their aim is military action.

“The exceptional and unprecedented threat posed by this group to the entire international community requires a strong, united and unambiguous response from the security council,” French ambassador, François Delattre, said on Thursday. “This is the goal of our draft resolution, which calls on all member states to take all necessary measures to fight Daesh [also referred to as ISIS].”

As Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams on Friday, “Resolutions like this can be dangerous.”

“It is important that it is not taken under the terms of chapter seven, but it is implying support for all countries to use military force in ISIS territory, which is heavily populated,” Bennis said. “We have been using military force against terrorism for the past 15 years, and it has failed.”

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