Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why You Should Care About ISIS

I am certainly not a foreign policy analyst, but even I can see that the Obama administration's policy of leading from behind is not working. Although no one wants more war, this week's air strikes proved effective in stopping the advancing wave of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) insurgents. And pointed toward an ugly retaliation with the beheading of American journalist James Foley. 

I will leave the Middle East strategy and solutions to the experts like my friend Dan whose article in today's Wall Street Journal offers real, but difficult, solutions to ISIS.

ISIS is here for the near future, and you should care. Here's why:

  • ISIS is far more ruthless and extreme than Al Qaeda with an increasing risk of splinter groups worldwide
  • Initiating a genocide of the minority Yazidi group
  • 1.2 million (MILLION) people displaced by fighting in Iraq in 2014
  • Mass public killings, including crucifixions, of those deemed not extreme enough to join them
  • Selling women and children into slavery with reports of nearly 1500 Yazidi and Christians sold into sexual slavery
  • Women found naked, bound, and repeatedly raped near the Mosel dam
  • ISIS is a major player in the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians and have initiated a massive humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq
  • Perhaps a dozen Americans being held hostage by ISIS being used as pawns


Jo Thomas said...

What other reading do you recommend?

Christianna said...

Check out the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Excellent sources on ISIS all of those other terrorist factions. Both available on line, but I prefer print.