Friday, August 22, 2014

A Call to Arms Against ISIS for Massive Retaliation and Justice

American Journalist James Foley
(Just before he was executed by ISIS)

ISIS Killing Field
(Typical Scene for Them)

This is the Face of ISIS Militants
(Their call to arms: "Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!")

Update: More on the face of ISIS militants can be seen here (graphic for some - WARNING).

I have been giving this a lot of thought, as I'm sure you have too since this execution of James Foley hit the airwaves. More details follow on this:

Fighting terrorists and terrorism today: Michael Foley, the brother of James Foley who was just executed by ISIS thugs says the U.S. needs to rethink its policy on paying ransom to hostage-takers.

A very interesting topic, with one serious caveat: It would open up the door for more kidnapping of Americans all around the world where demands for huge amounts of money would be the issue, whether the threat of death was real or not … this would become a larger motivator for kidnappers of all sorts: more funds for more damage.

While it is true that ISIS cannot be contained in total, they should not be bought off, either. FYI: France and Spain paid for the release of their kidnapped journalists just recently - did that stop the kidnapping? Nope.

ISIS and those linked to them in anyway need to be wiped off the face of the Earth. All civilized countries need to unite under one banner with one rally call: "We will work to eradicate ISIS once and for all and we won't stop until they are."

Terrorists will always be with us for the long haul, a fact of life nowadays whether they are in big groups like ISIS or smaller groups like the two Marathon bombers or a few other lone-wolf types we have seen domestically. However, whittling them down is a worthwhile cause and lofty goal, but paying them for their carnage and mayhem related to kidnapping is not. That may sound harsh, but the fallout from that tactic would be to motivate them to kidnap more. That should not be an option.

The best policy we can and should pursue is to work to discover and find them, track and hunt them down, and then kill or capture them before they can strike and carry out their ugliness again. 

Doing these things would be dynamic leadership that the public I think could and would get behind. Further, I hope and believe that a lot of that is going on behind the scenes. Our actions per se, do not necessarily have to be made public each time. For many reasons they should be and must remain covert, under the radar, legal, and not advertised until positive results can be proclaimed to the general public for obvious reasons. 

Original Post from Here: The photo and story about Mr. Foley angered me like the video and worldwide execution of Nick Berg back in May 2004. I don't mean to be explicit or graphic except that I am, I guess. But the brutality of this latest is more sickening than ever and the world needs to react; not just the U.S. with selective bombing and a few PR releases.

This story is graphic about Nick Berg: “A New York City medical examiner watches the video of Nick Berg’s beheading and wishes he’d looked away.” And, in his own words: “Two years after 9/11, the Berg video unearthed emotions I had no desire to feel.”

The killing of Mr. Foley reignites that same emotion and that led me to this post as ask: “Where is the civilized world. Where is the united front against ISIS?”

A new concern (UK connection to the Foley case) is about world travelers with easy access back to the U.S. or UK or other Western country where they can do nasty shït. Security has to be 100% foolproof and travelers need not complain about long lines or security.

Quick Review of ISIS: 

ISIS is a Jihadist group. They are widely regarded as a major terrorist organization. They have self-proclaimed themselves as the founder of some new “Caliphate.” They claim religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspire to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control.

They have been officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the USthe UKCanada, AustraliaIndonesia, and Saudi Arabia. They have been described as a terrorist group by the United Nations and Western and Middle Eastern media sources as well.

They were composed of and supported by a variety of Sunni Arab terrorist insurgent groups, including its predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2003–2006, which kicked them out for being too radical (figure that one out). ISIS grew significantly as an organization owing to its participation in the Syrian Civil War and the strength of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIS is known for its extreme interpretation of the Islamic faith and Sharia law, and for its brutal violence, which is directed at Shia Muslims. 

In short: ISIS must be wiped off the face of the Earth and that effort must be worldwide by decent, civilized people and nations coming together. 

I am not one to rush into any war because I have seen it and been part of it up close and personal in Vietnam, twice, but there comes a time in human existence where action it needed to stop the brutality and stop the “Killing Fields” we now see inflicted by ISIS.

What is at stake: How about our very existence as civilized human beings?

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