“The West has made a lot of mistakes during the past years. We have been involved in the wars, in which we shouldn’t have been involved, and we did not fight where we were supposed to fight, like in the case with Islamic State and its project on caliphate establishment,” Berlusconi told Il Messagero.
Responding to a question about whether a ground military operation was necessary to defeat the jihadists, Berlusconi said, “Yes. The West should give a clear signal. Fear, with which we defeated our values and our safety during the past years, has shown extremists that our world is weak and can be conquered.”
Some EU countries are currently involved in the US-led anti-IS coalition and have taken part in airstrikes against IS positions in Syria and Iraq.