How Do You Handle a Group Such as Isis After the attacks on Paris?
Last Friday I did what I always do when I go home. I go watch a football game and maybe go see some friends and hangout. On my way to the game, however, my phone alerted me with an ESPN news story saying there was an attack at the national soccer stadium in France during a game and President François Hollande was evacuated from the stadium. From there I watched my phone as a terrible force killed and devastated hundreds of innocent lives. So I decided to write my paper on this due to the friends I have who recently went into the military, with my best friend being a semper fi marine.
In the next couple of days ISIS a radical terrorist group took blame for the attacks and said there were more to come. Then the subject was brought up again, do they really have members in the United States? Or how do you stop or handle a group like Isis? And I decided to see if or how we will try and handle this extremely threatening situation, since 2001 it seems that the biggest fear in our great country as shifted from communism and financial despair. Now the fear of terrorism has made it to where many people feel as if they cannot trust their neighbor let alone a complete stranger. And according to Bill Chapel there is good reason people are so fearful with the government making the most arrest in link with terrorism this year since 2001.
It’s easy to say send troops overseas into unstable areas and take control and help the governments…. if you do not know or are close with any troops. But what most war-hungry citizens do not realize that is these soldiers who are propagandized as these great fearless heroes are brothers, friends, and sons. War is not your very best men fighting another groups very best men, its strategy where to put your men, air support, ground support, and even in a very rare situation your weapons of mass destructions. Even though they have not been used since World War II, there is always been a fear of a middle eastern country or a aggressive North Korea are very unstable and are always on the worlds radar for a war to break out. But unlike North Korea all of my sources agree that the radicals might make more money than some countries through the black market selling the artifacts they steal from the historical landmarks they go through.
But for now the biggest threat to our way of life is not nuclear war, it is the threat of another huge terror attack such as the attacks of September 11th. Since the summer of 2014, this small group that was looking to get rid of Western culture ideas has now grown to an organization that is not only challenging governments around the globe but is doing it with the same tactics Al Queda used over a decade ago. Fake passports, recruiting any and all nationalities, and using things such as social media as their sick and twisted stage to prove their point that they will do what they want when they want. So how do you battle a group of people who do not care if their caught, injured, or even killed, people who will even use their own bodies as a carrying device for homemade bombs? Well, according to Ken Ballen we need to go out and show these young men that these beliefs are not only wrong but are completely adjacent to their religious beliefs. And Newsome does not believe us as American’s will be involved unless there is another large scale terror attack on US soil.
Ballen, Ken. “The Only Way to Defeat ISIS.” CNN. Cable News Network, 3 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Nov.
In this editorial in opinion peice by CNN’s Ken Ballen writes about ways to stop the organization by educating these young men who join that their faith does not promote violence it even says killing one innocent man is killing all of humanity. But he does not see that ISIS at that time is not our war. Maybe if we kept out of the problem they would stay out of our way but it’s far too late for that. He also speaks about Ahmad al-Shayea, and his story and how he now is a member of this extremist group and how young men like him are being brainwashed.
Newsome, Bruce. “How to Defeat ISIS (and Why It Probably Won’t Happen).” The Berkeley Blog RSS.
Web. 16 Nov. 2015.
He speaks directly on how ISIS funds itself and how alone they made twenty million in ransoms in 2014 alone let alone all the priceless pieces of art that are being sold on the black market and being ripped from their home and where they rightly belong. He says that it is hard with an ariel attack is too difficult because most of the members drive civilian cars and cannot be distinguished from a civilian’s car. He then explains that we will not be able to really end the threat of Isis because of the lack of stability in the Middle East and how hard it will be eliminating it because it is a state of mind more than a group these people really believe what they do is right and Godly.
Lister, Tim. “ISIS: The First Terror Group to Build an Islamic State? – CNN.com.” CNN. Cable News
Network, 24 June 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
In this piece Tim Lister speaks on how successful this group has influenced the Middle East and even though being called a “Junior Varsity” team by our president, they continue to grow and take more of the land surrounding them. These extremists are being overlooked by the leaders of our country and it can be seen by the attention we have not shown ISIS in foreign affairs. Lister also talks and brings us to the beginnings of the Islamic State and its ties to Al-Queda. He then speaks on what Isis wants, Like Ballen they both make the assumption that they want to get rid of western culture and the ideologies that the west promotes, like equality for women and LGBT rights. It keeps the people around them happy by helping the needy and setting up welfare plans in the places they occupy.
Chapel, Bill. “‘Unprecedented’: What ISIS Looks Like In America.” NPR. NPR, 1 Dec. 2015. Web. 1
Dec. 2015. <http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/01/458003126/unprecedented-
I decided to put a piece on what Isis looks like in America because its startling to think that something as tragic as Paris could happen here, but unfortunately the same people that shocked the world are not only here in America but are growing in numbers with the thousands of refugees coming through our border. He shows us charts on arrest made with Isis members and sympathizers this year is the most since 2001.