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Can the U.S. Destroy ISIS with Military Actions?

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Started: 9/18/2014 Category: Politics
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The U.S. cannot simply wipe out ISIS extremists by airstrikes. By killing them we can make them fear us. But it does not mean we can pull out the root to solve the problem. Because ISIS are just random people putting on a scarf and carrying weapons. What happening is that we are trying to install a government with the "assistant from locals." Does that sound democracy or tyranny? The military actions have consequences-- killing civilians and terrorists. We have no rights and no duty over that foreign land, and we should leave it as it is. Enough damages have done in our own economy , and enough chaos have created in a foreign land.


To understand the conflict, one must understand the variables to the equation.

I shall start off first with a generalization of the current Islamic faith in the Middle East:
*Side note Shia=noun Shiite= adjective*

The Islamic faith is comprised mainly of the Sunnis and the Shia. The Sunnis make up about %10-20 roughly, and the Shia %90-80 IN IRAQ.
The ENTIRE Islamic faith is comprised of 80% Sunni and %20 Shia
The good guys, or at least the better guys, are the Sunnis. We are trying to help them. ISIS is an extremist Shiite group whose only goal is to create a Caliphate which is basically a medieval, gruesome, corrupt religious state.
Caliphate- "the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 ce) of the Prophet Muhammad." -Encyclopedia Britannica

The problem with the Middle East is that many countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran for example, which are the two main contributors, are corrupt and dysfunctional. Saudi Arabia being Sunni and Iran Shiite. There is no separation between state and religion, heaps of domestic problems, both have large amounts of money from oil, and they fund anyone who opposes the the other side.


Now a brief summary of the history of the last decade of the Middle East:

In 2003, the US invaded Iraq who's current leader was Saddam Hussein, a dictator who had shown relations to terrorism and had a bad history in Iraq's past. But that's a separate topic.

After the US conquered Iraq, the Shia switched over in to power and began oppressing the Sunnis. Terrorist groups like Al Qaeda began forming to fight Shiite and US troops and started a civil war in 2006 which only resulted in much more chaos and much more violence.

In 2010, the Arab Spring occurred which were anti-government protests and rebellions both violent and non-violent and lasted until 2012 which changed the rules of the game.
Syrian dictator, Basheer Al Assad, started a gruesome civil war against the protesters (his own people) to prevent the ending of his family's 40-year reign. His tactics comprised of bombings, tanks, and even gases.

More terrorist groups began uprising and fighting back against the ruthless dictator and aimed to create their own Islamic state. One of these groups was ISIS. Following it's years of experience fighting in Iraq and Syria, the well-trained and highly fanatic group began invading Syria and more parts of Iraq to gain more territory, spread its influence, and increase its chances of establishing its own Islamic state.

With a corrupt Iraqi government that is dysfunctional and has a weak and disloyal army, ISIS has been able to conquer city after city including Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. ISIS rapidly grows stronger and more developed each day. In addition to territory gains, the group is also acquiring large amounts of funding and is now the richest terrorist group in the world.

To summarize ISIS, they are crazy. They are killing anyone who opposes their views in sick medieval ways that are beyond gruesome including kidnapping women and children, suicide bombings, rape, torture, massacres, beheadings, etc. They will stop at nothing to spread their influence, dominate a large territory in the Middle East (who knows where and when they'll stop), and to establish as I said before a medieval, religious state.

ISIS is basically a terrorist organization that is conquering itself a country and becoming rich and powerful. This was all in the last 2-4 years. Think about it. If ISIS can get to where it is today starting from simply a small terrorist group, where will it be in a year from now? 2 years from now? What if North Korea joins in the fight or any other threatening groups??
As I said before, ISIS is crazy. If they get their hands on WMD, who knows what could happen.

There is no diplomatic solution. You've all seen the news. You've seen ISIS' true colors. These sick people can not be reasoned with. If they are not suppressed, they will become a threat to not only the US but the rest of the world.

If this still has not convinced the opposing side then please tell me what any other logical and/or possible alternative there is?

**Side note: By crazy I mean they are highly agressive, listen to no reasoning, and are highly dangerous.
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
We could send the hippies of the 60's over there and put flowers in the barrels of their guns.And if that does not work, kill them by whatever means are necessary.
Posted by KudiyaShudiya 2 years ago
u wot m8???
Posted by UtherPenguin 2 years ago
History repeating itself
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