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ISIS crises: Echoes of barbaric invasions

ISIS Terrorist Army
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In many ways, history is repeating itself. Russia invades Ukraine, Hamas attacks Israel, and rabid jihadists conquer parts of Syria and Iraq to form a caliphate--a sovereign state of Muslims ruled by medieval Sharia laws.

The United Nations declares the Iraqi crisis at the highest level of emergency. A total of 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes.

The new world order is in chaos. The common theme is a quest to seize territory and gain power through acts of terror and war. Horrific conquests are reflections of warlords like Mongol leader Genghis Khan, Hitler, Hirohito of Japan and Russia’s Joseph Stalin (the Great Purge).

Such zealots are driven by power, greed and in some cases, mixed with religious fanaticism.

The ISIS terrorists are committing heinous crimes, ethnic and religious genocide, even beheading people and burying them alive. ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is a brazen terrorist army with sinister goals. So much that it aspires to, '. . . raise the flag of Allah over the White House.'

Unfortunately, history is not repeating itself at the White House.

Unlike previous U.S. leadership, the Obama administration is tentative and reactionary—doing too little too late—applying timid responses to serious national security threats. While ISIS rampage, pillage, rape and brutally kill innocent people, we fail to act with resolve. It seems our moral and strategic compasses need calibration.

Once we entered World War II, we crushed our enemies with absolute force. We annihilated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs. Along with allied forces, we defeated Nazi Germany. As a result, some justice prevailed when an international court convicted many Nazis of war crimes, mainly for the horrific killings of some six million Jews.

Likewise, ISIS fanatics are slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians and forcing many female captives into slavery. To the Yazidis and Christians of Qaraqosh, Iraq, they issued the ultimatum: 'Leave, convert or die.' Forced into a mountain region surrounded by hard-core Sunni jihadists, these people, including children, are destitute, without food and water in one hundred degree weather.

What are we doing about it? Very little.

This administration is reluctant to seriously engage ISIS and stop the atrocities. Not only in Syria and Iraq, but also across the globe terrorism and invasions are on the rise. Obviously, the president's laissez-faire foreign policy has no strategic value. Otherwise, he did initiate humanitarian aid to ISIS victims, but a rescue of refugees from the onslaught of ISIS is 'unlikely'. He also authorized 'targeted' airstrikes. This is nothing more than pea shooting at the terrorists, which will do little to deter them and protect victims, including Americans in the region.

Back to history: much like president Obama’s stance, we were reluctant to enter the fight with Nazi Germany, up until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It was only afterwards, in support of Hitler’s Axis agreements with Japan, that Germany officially declared war against us on December 11, 1941. Will it take another Pearl Harbor or another 9/11 to take effective action?

ISIS terrorists have already declared war against us, and they have acted accordingly.

They have bombed us on our own soil. The most devastating incident was the 9/11 attack that killed nearly 3,000 people, causing damages in excess of $10 billion. In fact, since the early 70s, terrorists have carried out some 71 attacks in the U.S., killing at least 3,102 people in America

When will we recognize this is as a clear national threat, one that will not magically go away? When will we respond with real power and stop the madness?