The government of the UK proposes to bomb Islamic State in Syria, arguing that Islamic State is a threat to the UK. In the debate, there are often references to the attacks in Paris, but I don't understand the link.
How does bombing Islamic State in Syria reduce the likelihood that Salafi extremists from Brussels (or Birmingham, or …) commit terrorist attacks in Paris (or London, or …)?
I may be misunderstanding something.
The cynical answer would be that the proposed military action in reality serves to bolster the military-industrial complex. But I suspect some may have other explanations.