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ISIS is a legitimate threat to civilization

Letter to the Editor

Reports of the Islamic terror group ISIS operating in Syria and northern Iraq are troubling to say the least. The cancer of Islamic extremism in the Middle East has metastasized and now manifests itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have overrun large swaths of both Syria and Iraq and rule those areas with a barbarity that humanity has not seen in generations. We can now look back on President Barack Obama’s rejection of a residual American combat force in Iraq, as well as his ultimate disfavor of airstrikes against the Syrian president Assad, as strategic mistakes.

But these crimes against humanity being committed by ISIS in Iraq transcend mere partisanship. Beheading children, no matter the eventual goal, can never be justified by a civilized people. Terror in the form of crucifixions can never be tolerated by the world community. Yazidi children on Mount Sinjar, drinking their parents’ blood to stay alive in the face of the ISIS siege, is reminiscent of the desperation portrayed in Schindler’s List and Hotel Rwanda. The civilized world mourned the atrocities of those conflicts, as well as our inaction in the face of such barbarous actions. We will soon find ourselves mourning another genocide if President Obama, and Republicans alike, do not agree to take decisive action against this abomination. ISIS cannot merely be contained or defeated, some pundits correctly contend, it must be destroyed. Civilization depends on it. ...

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Reports of the Islamic terror group ISIS operating in Syria and northern Iraq are troubling to say the least. The cancer of Islamic extremism in the Middle East has metastasized and now manifests itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have overrun large swaths of both Syria and Iraq and rule those areas with a barbarity that humanity has not seen in generations. We can now look back on President Barack Obama’s rejection of a residual American combat force in Iraq, as well as his ultimate disfavor of airstrikes against the Syrian president Assad, as strategic mistakes.

But these crimes against humanity being committed by ISIS in Iraq transcend mere partisanship. Beheading children, no matter the eventual goal, can never be justified by a civilized people. Terror in the form of crucifixions can never be tolerated by the world community. Yazidi children on Mount Sinjar, drinking their parents’ blood to stay alive in the face of the ISIS siege, is reminiscent of the desperation portrayed in Schindler’s List and Hotel Rwanda. The civilized world mourned the atrocities of those conflicts, as well as our inaction in the face of such barbarous actions. We will soon find ourselves mourning another genocide if President Obama, and Republicans alike, do not agree to take decisive action against this abomination. ISIS cannot merely be contained or defeated, some pundits correctly contend, it must be destroyed. Civilization depends on it.

Tyler McAfee

Nashua