By Thomas Williamson.
America is watching in fear as the the Islamic State, better known as ISIS or ISIL, continues to present themselves as a threat to the world by taking many parts of Iraq and Syria. President Obama talked about his plan to send troops and continue air strikes against the ISIS. Considering that ISIS is a terrorist group, are recruiting hundreds by the minute, and have beheaded innocent Americans, it makes sense for some to go to war in order to stop the heathens.
Yet, it is evident that what is going on is history repeating itself. A problem rises, that only resides in a limited region, and America plays world police and tries to stop and fix the problem via war. The problem is not strong, the reasons for fighting are weak, and it would lead to more countries hating us for our interventionist policies. The United States is heading in for a war that will possibly end up being a disaster. In short, this country could be heading for war just like the Iraq War or, even worse, like the Vietnam War.
The FBI and Homeland Security have stated that ISIS is not a huge threat to America. You could argue that they might become a threat, but why waste human lives over a group that is not threatening the good of the country? They are not spreading over to Afghanistan, Pakistan, or even Turkey. They are influencing some people in America and Britain, but that is the extent of ISIS taking over the world, as of now. They have beheaded innocent Americans, but that was in response to our actions. I should note that I am neither an ISIS sympathizer nor anti-American. I just want us to evaluate what has happened and what would be the rational way of handling this.
It seems like the U.S. government does not know what to do about ISIS. This couldn’t be more evident than Obama’s “We don’t have a plan” speech. Now we have a plan, but the plan seems to be reversing what the Democrats wanted: no war in Iraq. The reasons for going there are just as “strong” as George Bush’s reasons, and Obama’s administration has not given much thought about the consequences for their actions or what to even do, once in Iraq.
Okay, we head in and destroy, or at least stop, ISIS. What do we do afterwards? Do we try to do more world policing? Do we bring troops home and never meddle in a country’s own issues ever again? What do we do after the end? We want to stop ISIS, but why? Oil? The slaughtering of Muslims? To prevent another 9/11? We have a temporal goal but not much to strengthen the goal, and we have no idea what we would do afterwards.
As everyday passes, the media hypes that ISIS is becoming a threat to America, but we should be cautious about going to war once again. Nobody knows when they are actually helping the country or simply fueling the desires and power of the war pigs.
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