A LEFT-WING politician has likened the West to Islamic State (ISIS) by calling the bombing campaign in Syria just as serious a crime as the Paris attacks.
The Left Party vice-president in Germany compared the anti-terrorist coalition, which includes Britain and Germany, with November’s bloody attacks in Paris where 130 were killed after several ISIS – or Daesh – supporters stormed key venues around the French capital.
Sahra Wagenknecht told the German parliament: “Of course it is no less a crime to murder innocent civilians in Syria with bombs than it is to shoot them in Parisian restaurants and concert halls.
“One is individual terror, the other state-sponsored.”
France began air raids on ISIS in Syria just days after the Paris attacks as it asked the EU to support its allies, which Germany and now the UK have.
A former member of the East German communist party, she also blamed the West – and especially the United States – for ISIS’ existence
She added: “The cycle of violence still continues.
“Without the Iraq war there would be no ISIS. Were it not for the bombing of Libya and destabilisation in Syria it would not have been nearly as strong.
“The West, above all the United States, has made this monster bigger with their wars.”
The controversial politician also accused French President François Hollande of gaining politically from the Paris attacks, suggesting Germany was giving him undeserved support.
Ms Wagenknecht, who has been under surveillance by Germany’s security services for at least three years, said: “The German government, which through its own European policies has contributed to the rise of the far-right in France, now wants to do Hollande a favour.
“And because of domestic and intra-European political manoeuvres by European politicians, women and children are dying in Raqqa bombings, schools and hospitals are destroyed.
“This of course is terrorism, which has already claimed more innocent victims than the barbaric attacks in Paris.”
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 299 civilians, including 81 children, have died since the beginning of the American-led international air strikes on ISIS in Syria since September this year.
As well as American, French and British warplanes, the Russians have been carrying out airstrikes against all Assad’s enemies, in which 710 people have been killed, the Observatory said.
Germany has supported France by providing a tanker aircraft and a frigate to protect a French aircraft carrier and will add Tornado reconnaissance planes to the campaign from January