That being said, it's time to discuss the reasons and implications behind this sadistic video that was presented to the world on Youtube.
This "retaliation" from the ISIS was a direct response after Mr. Obama decided to send in targeted airstrikes to quell the conflicts that were erupting in Iraq. And I stand by what I said in the previous article concerning this situation.
America needs to stay out of that area indefinitely.
Foley's execution is a direct testament to this fact, for if U.S. airstrikes had not been authorized to quell the ISIS, Foley would not have been murdered as a retaliation. While the fate of Foley would have still been uncertain if the U.S. hadn't authorized airstrikes in that region, we didn't need to give the ISIS a reason to execute him as a direct response.
I'm not expert on diplomacy with these kinds of people, but military action is only going to antagonize them to inflict more damage on our nation's sons and daughters. The ISIS have even said that more hostages will be similarly executed if the U.S. continues to send in airstrikes.
And how does Mr. Obama plan to meet these demands? By vamping up the airstrikes to eliminate the ISIS of course.
Did the years between 2003 and 2011 teach us nothing?
There is no way to resolve this, no matter how much military personnel we send in or how many airstrikes we authorize.
Many are starting to speculate that we are on the threshold of reentering the War on Terror, which brings about a new concern to the people of America. Thousands of Americans lost their lives in the eight years our military was stationed in the Middle-East, and now Mr. Obama wishes to start putting boots on the ground in addition to using airstrikes.
I'm not saying that our nation needs to standby and do nothing while violence plagues that part of the world, but our military needs to stay firmly rooted in our part of the world. Foley's death was a tragedy and he deserves justice, but a war is the last thing that needs to happen.
More coverage will follow.
By: Matthew Romeo
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