The sadistic beheadings of innocent civilians recorded on video as grotesque theater, the enslavement of thousands of young girls and women who are routinely raped every day without mercy by multitudes of savage men, the massacre of non-Islamic minorities by the thousands, the downing of a Russian jet killing hundreds, and now the horrifying slaughter of peaceful concert attendees in Paris…
What has been the response of political leaders here in the U.S. and in capitals around the world? Teary eyed expressions of condolence, prayers offered for the victims, lots of hand wringing, statements of outrage and condemnation spoken, but not much more. Yes, the U.S. coalition drops bombs on ISIS strongholds, and occasionally intelligence is able to locate and eliminate one of the more notorious savages, such as “Jihadi John,” the success of which amounts to little more than a public relations victory. Tomorrow there will be another masked terrorist with a knife in his hand ready and anxious to carry on the slaughter of more innocents.
What is desperately needed is an unambiguous statement from both the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council that ISIS is the enemy of civilization, to be followed immediately by a declaration of war by many nations. Whatever forces are needed to eradicate this scourge of humanity must be used to eliminate ISIS and its cohorts.
This horror must not be allowed to continue. The nations of the world absolutely have the resources necessary to complete the task. What seems to be lacking is the will.
ISIS is as evil as Naziism. Has the world learned nothing about dealing with such barbarians? If only the nations had stood up to Hitler earlier, so many lives would have been saved. So what is stopping nations united from doing so now? This cruelty must be eradicated now.
Yes, America has had its fill of war. Our country has waged too many wars for the wrong reasons, causing the loss of far too many lives, and wasting precious resources. Americans are not inclined to get involved in yet another conflict. But this time there is a difference. The wars of recent memory were voluntary and definitely not in our national interest. A war to eliminate ISIS would be a just war, joined by every nation that feels repulsed by the evil of ISIS, especially including Islamic countries who must be disgusted by what ISIS is perpetrating falsely in the name of Islam.
If ever there was a time for war, that time is now. If ever the United Nations is to prove that it is more than a debating society or mere bureaucracy, this is the time. No, the U.S. should not act on its own. This is a global threat and therefore a global responsibility to confront and destroy the enemies of civilization.