The events in the Middle East are never far from us. As another horrific act of ISIS is presented to the world we are hearing again those same strident voices of ignorance that got us into the quagmire that became Iraq because of Dubya and Darth Vader his grouchy Vice-President decided to take out Saddam Hussein and lied about the reasons to gain acceptance from America and the world. That war is over and we are still feeling the effects upon our economy and our people, especially our forgotten veterans who they pushed into the fray because we all know politicians love to start wars they just have the guts to go fight them. They would much rather send our youth to their deaths.
The act by ISIS the second one in a matter of weeks is a horribly horrific travesty but sending American troops back to Iraq won’t solve the problem and destroying ISIS, although an event devoutly to be wished, isn’t going to happen by sending thousands of our military veterans back into harm’s way. We have to go to the root cause of why ISIS is gaining ground in the Middle East and there is enough blame to go around and we as a people and a nation aren’t blameless in all of this.
We are not and we should never be the deciders for the world. We certainly can’t stand by and condone these kinds of acts but we also can’t solve the problems that have caused them on our own either. Blindly sending more troops to strike out at ISIS isn’t going to change things, in fact it would likely make things worse for those who are in the clutches of ISIS, not better.
We have to have a coherent, coordinated and intelligent response to their horrific acts and it is going to take the will of a collection of nations not some John Wayne ride the man down kind of response that will only enflame and acerbate the problem not solve it. These people have no consciences nor any feelings for the life of anyone, probably not even themselves. They are a product of the ongoing chaos that is the Middle East. They can’t be dealt with in the traditional sense because they have nothing to lose and have absolutely no concern for human life.
You can’t eradicate those kinds of people in the traditional way. They are quite prepared to die for what they purport to believe in. As horrific as the images they have broadcast to the world are, getting more people killed by acting in rash rush to respond will not solve the problem nor will it likely prevent them murdering more people. As a veteran who has served my country in time of crisis making dumb statements and pronouncements makes no sense. As much as I would gladly take out the person who is committing these horrific acts I know that solving the problem will take more than a sound bite of stupid.