Made a Huge Mistake:
It's Now in a World of Hurt
or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, as the U.S. government
is calling them, is the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
The Levant, also known as the Eastern Mediterranean, is a geographic and
cultural region consisting of the "eastern Mediterranean area between
Anatolia and Egypt". The Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus,
Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey.
Whatever you wish to call it, they have made a huge mistake: They beheaded
an American journalist, James Foley. Foley was beheaded on August 19th
by a British-sounding man clothed entirely in black, with just his eyes
What's worse, the beheading was filmed and then released on the Internet.
I've seen it...it is ghastly. If you aren't hardened to such things, I
would advise you not to go searching for it on Google, or any other search
But to America and America's leaders, that was the last straw, and now
ISIS is going to get more than they bargained for.
ISIS had been making progress over the past two years taking part of Syria's
territory and then moving into Iraq. It's methods are crude and deadly.
They either capture women and kill men and children, or behead their captives.
Sometimes they displace whole cultures of people, making them flee or
Furthermore, if the people of the places they invade do not convert to
ISIS' extreme version of the Islamist religion they practice, their captives
are killed outright, as they are not needed any more, in the eyes of ISIS.
They are extremely dangerous...I repeat, extremely dangerous...to say
Britain has just raised its level of terrorist concerns to the 2nd highest
And Britain and the U.S., as well as our coalition partners, are making
strategic plans to put ISIS out of business.
The U.N., as well, is so concerned that they have been holding emergency
meetings of the Security Council.
President Obama said hes asked U.S. military leaders to prepare
a range of options about what the United States could do to
go after ISIS in Syria, which he said has become a safe haven
for the Islamist group.
In Syria, he said, its a political issue as well as a military one
-- and something regional leaders need to address.
Obama said he was sending U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the region
to work on building a coalition needed to face the threat of ISIS militants.
This should be a wake-up call to Sunni, to Shia, to everybody, that
a group like ISIS is beyond the pale, that they have no vision or ideology
beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people. And as
a consequence, weve got to all join together, Obama said,
even if we have differences on a range of political issues, to make
sure that theyre all rooted out.
U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are working, Obama said.
With our help from the air, the Kurdish forces have retaken the dam near
To give you an idea of ISIS brutality, ISIS said Thursday that it has
executed at least 250 Syrian soldiers at an air base in the northeastern
city of Raqqa. The group said on one of its official websites that it
killed the soldiers Wednesday. It also claimed to have killed 600 government
soldiers in the fight for the al Tabqa air base since August 19.
The time to act is now...eliminate ISIS before it's too late.
That's in my opinion.
Michael C. Quinn