Posted by: the warrioress | August 22, 2014

ISIS

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I would love to completely embrace pacifism as a follower of Jesus Christ; unfortunately we live in a world that is evil to the core and growing more so every day that passes. It is time to put forth a proportionate response to the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. Journalist. ISIS threats to harm another American hostage must not be ignored. No, we cannot afford war right now, but when we are forced into war, we must engage so that America remains a significant force for democracy and freedom.

President Obama must listen to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who said:

“I don’t know why he used the word ‘justice.’ It’s not appropriate here. This is an attack on our country, we have to react to it,” an upset Chris Matthews reacted to a video excerpt of President Obama’s statement today about the beheading by an ISIS member of American freelance journalist James Foley.

“This is our country versus this group that’s declared war on us. What’s justice mean in this con– I don’t know why the word’s used, like we’re going to go to the World Court with this?!” Matthews sneered to guest Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post Media Group on the August 20 edition of Hardball. Later in the segment, an irate Matthews insisted “no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it’s in our soul!”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/08/20/irate-chris-matthews-taken-aback-obama-reax-foley-beheading#ixzz3B5oBNjBH

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President Obama must tear a page from Fox News commentator, Charles Krauthamer:

“The point here is the only response to this beheading which will be understood by ISIS is a vigorous air campaign against them, supporting the troops on the ground, not American, there are boots on the ground, Iraqis and Kurdish, who just retook the Mosul Dam, who have succeeded in pushing back ISIS from the outskirts of Kurdistan. They have had success, they need U.S. air power, that’s the proper response. It’s not sending a prosecutor over to gather evidence about the beheading.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/08/21/krauthammer_only_response_to_beheading_is_vigorous_air_campaign_supporting_iraqi_troops.html

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President Obama, it is time to put on your combat boots and get ready to stomp some ISIS arse.’ All Americans must unify and support our sitting president in destroying this threat until it is vanquished. Enough is enough; there is a limit and we have now reached it.

We must behead the snake that is ISIS.

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Responses

  1. While I agree we need to give continued support to the Kurdish troops to drive back ISIS, I don’t necessarily agree it is our fight. The american reporters are over there, sometimes embedded with the enemy to send pictures of war and violence to sell news. If it wasn’t for this countries media companies trying to out do each other, this just might not have happened. This and the fact we were lied into war with Iraq in the first place, we don’t belong there.
    Having been involved in a war of choice for this country, I have first hand knowledge that it is not worth the price, both in money and in the souls lost.
    In my last post, which almost no one read or commented on, I asked what if God asked you to sit down with Him over a cup of coffee for a talk, what would you tell Him? I wonder what His response would be to your telling Him this.
    I have probably written my last post.

    Hugs,

    Ed

  2. You believe we should defend America but do not believe Israel has the samr right? ironic!

  3. You and Ed are both right. My first reaction is to point upward and say watch the A bomb come down. We are all tired of ongoing war. But no matter what happens they lose. War loses. and Albert E. was right.

  4. Actually, the US has been making air strikes in Iraq against ISIS, and even provided the Kurds at the dam with American weapons. In fact, that’s very likely why ISIS beheaded Foley. Now they’re threatening to behead another American journalist if the air strikes don’t stop.

    I think we need to keep this in perspective. Yes, they killed a US citizen. But the attack is not on us. It’s on the people of Iraq and Syria. They are slaughtering hundreds of people over there, with thousands more Syrians being tortured and murdered by the Assad regime. And do you know what weapons ISIS is using to do this? Ours. The ones we gave to the Iraq army to fight Al-Queda and depose Saddam.

    Just like Israel is using our bullets to kill Gazans.

    We can’t make this about revenge, or our sovereignty in the international community. It has to be about justice. And I think it’s worth asking if leveling buildings and giving high-tech weapons to people who, in the end, just use them to start more wars is really the right course of action for us to take.

  5. I’m learning so much from all of these comments. Interesting thoughts all around!

  6. Hi Adrienne. I have another perspective on this that should be considered—although I have to agree that dropping 500-lb laser-guided bombs on these miscreants is more satisfying than a box of Cracker Jacks with extra peanuts.

    Most radical Islamists are too poor to buy airline tickets so they can come over here to kill Adrienne and Tracy. Instead, they like to raise enough ruckus in their own neighborhoods that 1000s of American soldiers will come to them. Then they can kill them (and us through them with our grief). It is much easier to kill flies that light on your own doorstep.

    Also, if I recall correctly, one of Osama bin Ladin’s key strategies for long-term victory was to sucker an extra-stupid American President with really bad business skills into sending 100,000s of American soldiers to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and further sucker him into spending so much money on it that it helped wreck the American economy in 2008. It sounds to me as if this current upheaval might be Phase II of that overall, long-term strategy.

    Obama may be playing this one right. We can bomb these guys until the cows come home because of our vast, already bought quantities of munitions in storage. Then we strengthen the people like the Kurds—really lovely and sensible people actually—and make it possible for them and others to get rid of ISIS. We save American lives, we save Iraqi civilian lives, we keep from going bankrupt, and ISIS gets a 100-lb salami up its butt.

    Just to give you a feel for what ISIS is experiencing right now from U.S. bombing, I want to show you what just one American Hellfire/Javelin missile can do to a heavy army tank. Imagine yourself sitting inside this tank. These missiles can be launched by shoulder, helicopters, ground combat vehicles, and airplanes. Take a look at this whole video clip, and you might understand why ISIS is going “head-lopping” desperate. Watch the whole thing:

  7. Good thoughts everyone. Let me give you one more perspective. In Deut 32:35 we read:

    To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

    I think it is a good thing for a Christian to leave all sentiments of vengance to the Lord. Yet, this doesn’t solve the problem with IS killing people (and I’m a bit concerned that this one US guy who was there for his job seems to be so much more important than the Yesides or even our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Iraq and Syria for millennia, but that aside).

    What would one gain from punishing IS? It doesn’t matter if they are shot at by Kurds, Iraqi Army, Assad or the US. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

    Maybe unless making war on IS is only a first step to a much bigger engagement in the region, by constructing a stable peace order which recognizes every minority and their wishs and fears. Shalom in the true sense of the word.

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan did not have those aims and the result was in both cases a very unstable government, which could not stand against IS in the Iraq case (and it doesn’t look so good in Afghanistan either, the Taliban are still there).

    What we need is peace and order in the long run. By only bombing those guys we don’t like, we will hardly get it. All we do is become unpopular among the civilists in the bombed area (not only we but also the values we stand for: democracy, freedom etc become unpopular), and the weapons industry can earn some money, which should not be underestimated in today’s capitalism.

    In the end, there shall be peace, so let’s first think how we can improve things, and if improvement is impossible without the use of force, let’s use restricted force to reach that improved situation. If our force doesn’t improve anything, there is no sense in wasting money and lives shooting around…

    God bless


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