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Don’t leave wisdom at the door-ISIS left unchecked long enough

By BRYCE KELLY, MPN reporter | Nov 20, 2015

I, along with the rest of the world, have watched in dismay the atrocious terrorist attacks that recently killed over 130 people and injured many more in Paris, France. And I can say that I wholeheartedly stand with the French people, along with other countries around the world that have experienced similar events recently, as they mourn the loss and grave violation of their country’s people.

When the news first reached me of the Paris attacks, I couldn’t help but be reminded of when our own people were attacked during the Sept. 11 terrorist plots in 2001, that killed almost 3,000 American men, women and children. It was, and will forever be, a terrible and mournful day in our country’s history.

And now 14 years later, with our country and many of our allied nations facing the wrath of ISIS’s radical Islamic jihad, I must say I am disappointed. But more than anything, I feel our government’s lackluster response to ISIS is a complete slap in the face of those innocent Americans who were killed or injured on 9/11.

I can’t imagine what the families of those 9/11 victims must feel when our president and his cabinet scoff at the idea that ISIS is a formidable foe worth defending ourselves against. President Obama’s attitude and actions in this regard make it seem to me that he is more or less inviting another major terrorist attack on American soil.

Now, don’t get me confused with some war-hungry individual. I don’t like war. I don’t want to send our men and women in uniform (several of whom I call friends and family) to be put directly into harm’s way. But, however unfortunate it may be, doing battle against the bitter hatred towards humanity ISIS has shown the world time and again is necessary.

With regard to ISIS, we are dealing with a group of people that chant “death to America”. These individuals are radicals. They have chosen a life of violence and are resolved to propagate their oppressive views on the whole of humanity by any barbaric means necessary. They aren’t asking for anyone’s permission and operate as though they are answerable to no one.

To be perfectly blunt, I am not “Islamophobic”. I don’t believe all those that practice Islam are terrorists, and I certainly don’t hate those that practice the religion. I am a Christian. And while Islam does go against the core beliefs of my own faith, I do not pretend to be a better person than those that choose to practice Islam, Buddhism, Atheism, Scientology and so on. I am human. We are all human. And I am no better than anyone else.

As a Christian, I believe it is my responsibility to help the poor, the widows, the sick and the oppressed. I absolutely do not believe, however, that I have the God-given right to kill, behead, imprison or torture those that don’t share my beliefs. And while there are many other religions that share the same views, radical Islam does not. In fact, leaders of radical Islam (and by extension the leaders of ISIS and the Taliban) teach and openly promote the exact opposite.

So, how do you deal with such a harsh, unbending ideology? Well, it certainly isn’t by passive denial. If history has taught us anything, it is that radical Islam is not going to somehow fade quietly into the background. If not put in check, it will continue to tear our world and our families apart.

Kathleen Troia McFarland, a national security analyst and political columnist who has held national security posts in several presidential administrations, recently wrote an editorial on Obama’s remarks earlier this week, rebuking his so-called “plan” to deal with ISIS and the Syrian refugee crisis, writing the following: “To defeat radical Islam, the United States should bring together all of Western civilization, combining our economic, political, ideological and diplomatic weapons, our intelligence and cyber capabilities, and our armed forces. No one-country acting alone can defeat radical Islam. Everyone has his own role to play. But it won’t happen without America taking the lead.”

As President Obama continues to skirt the world’s questions regarding how the U.S. plans to deal with the legitimate threats of ISIS, I believe it is time for him to face the facts and offer efficient aid to those already doing battle against this foe. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, it is more prudent than ever that America wakes up and acts now that ISIS has declared to the world that our country will be next.

Mr. President, we need to take ISIS at their word. They are not going to negotiate or back down on their own. Their ultimate goal is world domination. They don’t just want to control us– they want to destroy us. Enough with the political correctness and the never-ending dance. It is time to step up to the plate.

ISIS has gone unchecked long enough.

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