According to Associated Press reporter, Ryan Lucas’ article “Islamic State Fighters Capture Syrian Airbase”, posted 8-24-14 on HuffingtonPost.com, ISIS has captured their third military base in northeastern Syria, complete with “several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, and ammunition bunkers”, and now control “a stretch of territory running from Syria’s northern border with Turkey as far as the outskirts of Baghdad in central Iraq”. In addition Lucas states that in the central Syrian province of Homs….the Islamic State group was withdrawing its fighters after handing over its headquarters to the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, according to the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Of course, those unfortunate enough to be captured by them were brutally killed, decapitated, with their heads and bodies put on display.
Lucas further states that according to the official Saudi news agency, “…foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, and Jordan met (Sunday) in the Red Sea city of Jiddah….Egypt’s foreign minister said ahead of the talks that the group would discuss the security threat posed by the Islamic State group and search for a way to bring about a needed political solution to the Syrian crisis.” I am not really clear as to what is meant by a ‘political solution’, in this context, unless the Egyptian minister is referring to an alliance of governments between those countries, to join Iraq and Syria in an effort to fight ISIS.
According to another Huffington Post article “10 More Horrific Numbers That Explain Why ISIS Is Impossible To Ignore” (posted 8-21-14 by Eline Gordts and Carina Kolodny), 12,000 is “the total number of foreigners who have joined the ranks of the Islamic State, according to the Soufan Group, a New York based consultancy. Three thousand of those fighters come from the west…Officials have said they are worried that many of the fighters will eventually return to their countries of origin”, and “…up to 500 is “the number of British born fighters experts estimate are allied with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.”
It becomes more obvious, every day, that ISIS cannot be negotiated with, and they are determined to conquer not only the Middle East, but the entire world, in the name of their caliphate. They have been vocal in their threats to attack the west, specifically the United States, and have demonstrated a brutality, not seen since Nazi Germany’s Final Solution.
I understand America’s desire to avoid entering into another country’s civil war. However, it should be obvious that this is no longer a question of a civil war. ISIS has openly and blatantly declared war on everyone in the world that is not them, and specifically, the United States. They now appear to be teamed with al-Qaida. Even though they have yet to attack us, that is their stated intention and it seems only a matter of time, before they attempt another 911 on American soil. We cannot afford to underestimate them. We must take them at their word, and act accordingly. We should learn from the past, and not repeat it.
In the 1970 film ‘Tora, Tora, Tora’, and in the 2001 film ‘Pearl Harbor’, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is portrayed as saying after his attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Hopefully, this time, the writing on the wall will be all that is needed to fill us with resolve.