To the Editor:
President Obama’s recent decision to launch airstrikes against ISIS militants was welcome, albeit, too late, according to military experts.
By the time it happened, ISIS fighters had taken control of several towns in northern Iraq, terrorized the Yasidis, ordered them to convert to Islam or die. Hundreds were slaughtered, many buried alive and even some children were beheaded. The airstrikes succeeded because Yasidis trapped in the Sinjar Mountains were able to escape.
Recently, a video surfaced on YouTube showing a member of the ISIS terrorists, with a British accent, decapitating an American journalist, James Foley. I believe he is the fifth American to be killed in this manner. The president addressed the media and the nation and reiterated his promise to prevent genocide and protect Americans’ lives.
After such horrible disregard for life, I would have liked our president to display some emotion, perhaps a little anger, and hear these words coming out of his mouth: “Starting tomorrow, the USA will start massive, unrelenting, devastating airstrikes that will not end until ISIS ceases to exist.”
I believe that restarting the Iraq War will not be necessary. There is, however, an unmistakable truth: ISIS must be stopped and destroyed. If we don’t, we will face the consequences later.
Retired Master Sgt. P. C. Santiago