Last week, we saw the horrendous execution by beheading of the freelance journalist, James Foley. Being in the custody of these ruthless terrorists is certain death. Many, even Muslims, suffer under the reign of the Islamic State. To make matters worse, they follow a hard-line interpretation of the Koran and strict form of Shari law. Ethnic and religious minorities suffer immensely under the 'IS,' so much so; they've abandoned their homes and fled their countries in Iraq and Syria, to avoid the Islamic State's fighters. Alternatively, if ethnic, religious minorities do not leave their homes, they must pay a large tax, convert or die. Recently, the choice consists of beheading, becoming a sex slave if you're a woman, or converting to Islam agreeing to live under Sharia law. My advice to westerners, do not travel to Iraq or Syria because these people love to capture westerners for propaganda purposes, if their demands fail to meet expectation eventually, the captors will kill you.
The Islamic State beheads, shoots, and crucifies people, fanatical religious ideology is at the center of this inhumane behavior, but it's also, for terror purposes. The goal, terrorize and instill fear in the minds of their enemies.When ISIS crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, effortlessly taking cities in Iraq, the Iraqi military deserted their posts, leaving their uniforms along the roadside. That's how much these folks, ISIS, are feared.
Now, ISIS not only holds westerner civilians captive, but because the Iraqi military cowardly left their post, ISIS has American military equipment, free of charge. So, the debate now, do we return to fight ISIS in Iraq and along the Syrian border, or do we continue airstrikes to push ISIS back and assist Kurdish soldiers who joined the remaining Iraqi soldiers to regain ground in Iraq? So far, the airstrikes have aided Kurdish forces. However, there's much more ground to retake.
Because of their illegal invasion of Iraq, the Bush Administration, violated Iraq's sovereignty, disbanded the Iraqi army and drew Islamist fighters from around the world to kill American military personnel. And now, the 'war criminal' [Bush] sits back at his ranch in Texas while the middle east he destabilized is in flames. In all seriousness, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice should be jailed.
"Sotloff's mother Shirley made a personal appeal to the Islamic State's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi today. In a video passed to the New York Times, she says: "I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who protected people of the book. I want what every mother wants; to live to see her children's children. I plead for you to grant me this."(1)."
1).John Beck. (27 August 2014). Details of American Woman Being Held by the Islamic State Emerge. Vice News.https://news.vice.com/article/details-of-american-woman-being-held-by-the-islamic-state-emerge?utm_source=vicenewstwitter