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Don’t overreact to ISIS
Several recent letters have slammed President Obama’s approach in dealing with ISIS. These editorials parrot the hawkish U.S. politicians calling Obama’s strategy weak and ineffectual.
First, these critics offer no other plan other than sending in brave U.S. men and women to risk their lives, and spending billions of taxpayer dollars to solve a problem that can only be solved by those living in the region. ISIS is the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam on the planet. Its philosophy is so extreme that anyone who does not conform should die. This philosophy is so extreme that it has alienated almost every other Muslim in the region and has threatened the ruling Islamic leaderships of those countries.
Obama’s strategy of putting together a coalition of regional Muslim countries when their survival is at stake is the best way to defeat ISIS. Local Muslims have the most to lose. The king of Jordan summed it up best when he said, “This is our war.”
The ISIS philosophy is too extreme to survive. The best way to contribute to this war is to continue to bomb identifiable targets and work with indigenous forces to route out these cowardly thugs until they are totally destroyed. Putting a large number of American troops on the ground will give ISIS another recruiting tool.
We must be careful not to overreact to this threat and keep terrorism in perspective. For instance, there are more Americans killed during any summer on the south side of Chicago than Americans killed by terrorists since 9/11.