Life is both beautiful and extremely fragile. It can be threatened with bullets, ideology, and the ugliness of mankind. Man’s hideous idea of eradicating his own species in the name of his God is not only dark and twisted but is likely the root of evil. The Islamic state as proposed by leaders of ISIS is envisioned to be one without physical borders. It is meant to exist in the hearts and minds of its fighters. To be everywhere and nowhere. Not occupying an area of land, though if they could take up space in the middle east or America they most certainly would – and wanting to spread their idea of an Islamic state worldwide with the intention of destroying any culture that’s unlike their own. Unable to live in peace or co-exist with those who live and believe different, their cowardice lack of self reflection is perverted and manifest in aggression and attack of innocent men women and children by whom they feel threatened.
The propaganda used by the ISIS fighters prey on the weaken disheveled minds of young men who already feel alienated, displaced and slighted by modern society. ISIS recruits come from all over most of the developed world. Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, and even American men have joined the ideology of their regime and become fighters – with the promise of a utopia where they can start a new, command respect and uphold God’s law through the allure of heroism being left unfulfilled. The recruits are likely to come from families where fathers are abusive or absent. Much like gang culture, the macho hierarchy appears to be a force for stability for members of the isolated immigrant communities. The young are drawn to those that wield violence and power.
America’s response to the global threat of ISIS has been airstrikes and support to our allies. Americans however as opinionated as they may be have only watched the battle from the comfort of their couch. Those enlisted may see the enemy on the front lines of battle but that executive decision is yet to be determined. Americans show their support through social media and hashtag campaigns that do little to effect the actual battle field that’s going on thousands of miles away. The aware-ness that ISIS is a ideological terroristic threat is already known. What’s needed is action and perhaps preparation of the Americans who may not be prepared for a war on our home turf. Should a plot to attack our nations capital or one of our major cities be employed – I think that men and women of our American society should not just fear for their lives and run and hide, but fight back.
It might be difficult to imagine an attempted hijacking of a mall in American city like Atlanta by muslim extremist. Someone in that Chik-Fil-A is packing heat. The reason America could never bee taken over by force is because so many of her citizens are armed to the teeth and typically on edge. No matter how bad we think we have it hear, we’ve still got it better than most. Though the threat of ISIS may loom over us, I would hope each member of this country recognizes that our freedom allows us to defend ourselves against threats foreign and domestic. Attacking Paris in the manner it was dealt was cowardly. Like kicking a puppy. Paris is a place for lovers and for artist. It is a pilgrimage many wish they could take, it’s for the most creative of us all. It’s our Mecca. Such an attack in America would be akin to sneaking up on a junkyard dog. It will not go as planned and It shouldn’t either.
Front line warfare isn’t something to take lightly. Should the threat of ISIS reach our borders, training and focus would be absolutely necessary to save the lives of countless Americans. Consider yourself and the safety of your family members. In the revolutionary war, we brought a fight to the British that they weren’t prepared to handle. They expected us to stand in lines and fire volleys from muskets. Had we fought that way, we might still be ruled by the crown of England. Instead, we fought with a style they would consider savage-like. Hiding in trees and ambushing through the camouflage of shrubbery. ISIS may plan to attack our cities but what they will not expect is for us to fight back. And so we must for our liberty and freedom and for the same ideals which are shared by our allies.