I know the United States is not supposed to be the world’s policeman, but there are also times where we, as the most powerful and influential country in the world, need to take the lead when situations and people are simply out of control.
ISIS, the Islamic State militant group, has reportedly executed nearly 2000 people in Syria during the past six months alone, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organization said. According to the organization, the group has also killed 120 of its own members during that same period, purportedly for trying to return home in the case of foreigners who joined the organization but had a change of heart. Apparently beheadings and stonings are a common method of dealing with those the group does not like.
That just cannot stand. ISIS, as you undoubtedly know, is the same group that beheaded on video several American and British citizens. They are completely out of control. But of course a problem, like with al Qaeda, which ISIS is an offshoot from, they are not an official government, so holding a nation accountable is hard. ISIS has taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq and has fought both governments. But it seems to me that the U.S. and those governments have the power and ability to take on this group.
The problem I think is like in those other instances I mentioned, unless we are infringed upon in a great way, we seem to not have the desire to make a grand effort to do anything. Our interests are not fully threatened, I suppose.
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But if we are going to lead the world, sooner or later the U.S. should develop a policy or at least a standard that says what moves us to take a stand on matters. Standing idly by while people are being slaughtered, unless they mess with us, cannot be our policy. There is much too much at stake.