Late last week The New York Times ran an essay by a Marine infantry officer, Timothy Kudo, based on Mr. Kudo's experience giving orders to kill men in Afghanistan. He didn't pull the trigger, but he gave the orders — often viewing the action on grainy screens. His essay is thoughtful, though it doesn't square with either my own reflections or the reflections of others I know that made similar decisions in similar circumstances.
I salute him for his service, and I'm not here to judge how he processed the kill orders he gave.
There is, however, one segment of his piece that I think demonstrates that anguish and self-doubt are at least a partial product of our military's failure to educate and motivate. We shy from describing the enemy's true moral nature and ascribe responsibility to our own soldiers for innocent deaths that are truly the enemy's fault. Read these two paragraphs: more >>
While the world waits for America to join the fight against ISIS, there is little or no explanation from the Obama Administration as to why they will not move to protect the innocents.
In the early stages of the horror, ISIS militants engaged in the premeditated extermination of Christians in Iraq. Who could forget the images of these fathers, mothers and children fleeing to the tops of the mountains for safety with no food, water or weapons to protect themselves? Who can forget the images of these innocent children being raped and beheaded.
Just recently, hundreds of Christian souls, including women and children, were kidnapped for which diabolical acts will be committed upon them. more >>
An eight-year U.S. Army veteran in Florida has started an initiative calling on experienced military veterans to join him in traveling to Iraq or Syria to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization.
Fed up with the U.S.'s lack of a physical presence in Iraq and Syria in order to help defend the millions of people who've been affected by ISIS' uprising, Army veteran Sean Rowe founded the group Veterans Against ISIS last Wednesday and is asking for donations and other veterans to join his cause and take a stand against ISIS' radical Islamic oppression.
"We are tired of seeing what's going on, and it doesn't look like anything is being done," Rowe told ActionNews Jacksonville. "These guys are slaughtering and beheading people. We're going over there to stop that. It's not about the money." more >>
Just when it seemed the minds of Islamic State militants couldn't get any more twisted and barbaric, ISIS fighters in Mosul allegedly chopped up the body of a Kurdish prisoner and fed his remains to his mother in a rice dish when she arrived at the group's headquarters to demand his release.
Yasir Abdulla, a British security guard who traveled to Iraq to help defeat ISIS when he learned that the militant group was within 6 miles of his home village in Kurdistan, told of the elderly Kurdish woman's horrific experience in an interview with The Sun upon his return to the U.K. last week.
"I hate ISIS because of what happened to an old Kuridsh woman from a nearby tribe," Abdulla asserted. more >>
Reports show that ISIS has now threatened war against Twitter employees for blocking accounts associated to the Islamic State.
Are we all that surprised given that much of our initiatives against ISIS have been a slew of incompetent talking points and hashtag diplomacy? The State Department has been less than clear as to who our enemy is since they refuse to name radical Islam as the root of the problem.
The United States needs to take a firm stand against ISIS and all the evil that it represents. As ISIS beheads, burns, and tortures innocent human beings we continue to just stand idly by with our hands tied. As ISIS grows, American exceptionalism fades. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned in an interview that President Barack Obama is "very sympathetic to Islam" and that America's foreign policy is influenced by Muslims. He added that this influence could lead to Christians and Jewish people being persecuted in the United States.
"There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House. Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now, from Muslims. We see the prime minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats and it's because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe," Graham told Gordon Robertson, host of CBN's "The 700 Club" interactive program.
Graham further pointed out that Obama had a Muslim father, and that as a child the president went to school in Indonesia, which has the largest Islamic population in the world. more >>