If ISIS ever had a conscience, they have really lost it now. You have likely heard about the latest atrocity and crime against humanity ISIS committed -- the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in one video.
What ISIS has done up to now -- including beheadings, the burning to death of a man, the rape of girls, the killings of those who refused to renounce their faith -- seems somewhat tame compared to this latest act.
The level of their evil, since there is no other word that seems appropriate, is astonishing.
I applaud Egypt’s swift response to this latest act as they launched an airstrike in Libya on suspected ISIS compounds. In a way, it seems like an inappropriate response and one not likely to find the men who actually did the beheadings in the video. But it is something. The world cannot stand idly by and let this evil just go on. And it sounds like other nations, with France and Italy taking the lead, are considering joining forces to push back forcefully against ISIS.
President Obama also seems committed to fighting these terrorists, who he prefers to call ISIL rather than the commonly used ISIS. His first move, asking Congress to authorize limited war against ISIS, has not yet been approved, but most expect it will. Obama made it clear that the reason he believes this is so important is not just the fact that ISIS is terrorizing the Middle East. As he said to Congress, if ISIS is left unchecked it “will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.”
He is absolutely right. And so are the other countries who are realizing enough is enough. My philosophy is that it shouldn’t take the threat of the evil that is ISIS spreading out from their region to make us or anyone else care. It shouldn’t even take the killing of one of our own countrymen to make us care. Fighting that level of evil should be all that matters because if we as a nation, and we as a world society, have the power to stop evil, we should.
I know there are various levels of evil in the world right now. Deciding who we should spend resources fighting and who is worth putting our soldiers into harm’s way for is tough. But making the decision on ISIS is easy. Their level of terror, of violence, of in-your-face hatred for all people not like them, is beyond comparison. They have to be stopped.
When the generations to come look back on this time, and read about ISIS in the history books, you never want to be on the wrong side of the question “What did you do?”
What are we going to do about this? I hope enough of us are now outraged enough that we can move our government to take action. And if that means bombing the daylights out of ISIS so be it.
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