Ireland - and the EU - must be cautious in fight against Isil
Ireland's involvement in the French response to terrorism by deploying troops to replace French troops in Mali is venturing into deep and dangerous waters, given the spate of terrorist activity currently at play in Europe.
Terrorists do not forget that easily and the sight of an Irish tricolour will alert them to Irish involvement. Irish troops who are engaged with militants will not be considered innocent.
They have engaged an enemy, an enemy that can inflict mass murder on civilian populations in highly successful military operations carried out without warning. Isil is perhaps the most potent of all terrorist organisations in forming alliances with al-Qa'ida or intercontinental terrorist groups.