ISIS feels like using hostages to communicate is effective especially in the western world. The United States needs to change its strategy before ISIS takes complete control of an entire area and virtually becomes a state.
A lot is unknown, but it was inevitable that a terrorist group, as ruthless as ISIS, would use chemical weapons. The threat is there and it is real.
Islamic radicals have become very sophisticated in their use of online technology and social media to recruit Americans. The US must adopt a more aggressive approach to combating this propaganda.
Given the recent cases of young American women who have been investigated — and in one case of a Colorado youth, arrested — for purportedly trying to aid or join jihadists, it is important that public schools focus on the importance of American citizenship and the American Constitution in order to combat ISIS’ lure.
When dealing with ISIS or offshoots of radical Islamicism, you are dealing with an ideology that appeals to people. ISIS is very effective at communicating its ideology, and has been effective in attracting young adults in both the US and Europe.
If terrorists used a virus like a Ebola to start a terrorist attack, a nightmare scenario could ensue. The ease of catching Ebola, combined with its 21-day incubation period, make it the perfect bioweapon.
The Obama administration is caught in a ‘blizzard of lies’ that has cost the President the trust of many Americans. If US strategy in the Middle East was succeeding, as the White House claims, ISIS would be retreating, not advancing.
The global threat posed by the Islamic State is growing every day. It is, admittedly, a difficult time for the President who has to develop a strong military strategy and decide whether to send ground troops in Syria and Iraq or not. Meanwhile, some scholars suggest to think about lessons learned from war in Afghanistan and Iraq before making decisions in condition of high pressure.
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