There can be only one appropriate response to public beheadings by fanatics who shame their faith by calling themselves the “Islamic State.”
And that response would be extinction. No lesser result is acceptable.
The Islamic State is not a state. It is a depraved rabble.
The danger it poses isn’t just to the United States, but to civilized people the world over. And the threat is not simply inferred. It has been explicitly stated.
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“We will see you in New York,” these beasts have ranted.
So the challenge has been flung down. Let there be no question about the proper reply.
It will not be enough to merely lessen the group’s capacity to commit the sort of evil of which it has shown itself capable. The objective must be to definitively eliminate the possibility.
A commitment of ground forces to combat in the Middle East is neither desirable nor necessary. The U.S. does not seek another war in that tormented region.
What are pilotless drones for, if not to locate and target concentrations of unprincipled fanatics?
What are the most lethal fighter-bombers in the world for, if not to halt wickedness in its tracks?
What is napalm for, if not to incinerate Islamic State forces and rid the world of that pestilence, just as powerful medication is used to rid a community of a nasty disease?
The situation has called to mind again an episode in May 1904, when a Greek-American businessman, Ion Perdicaris, was kidnapped in Tangier and held for ransom by a Moroccan outlaw named Ahmed Raisuli.
After the demand for payment was received, President Theodore Roosevelt directed his secretary of state to send a no-nonsense five-word reply:
Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.
The ultimatum may not have been particularly statesmanlike, but it produced the desired result.
Perdicaris was released unharmed.
Perhaps a similar notice to the so-called Islamic State would be in order, if there’s anyone in that mob able to read.
Suggested text: One more atrocity and the Islamic State will find itself a smoking ruin.
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