Is­lamic State won’t stay in Mid­dle East

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Last sum­mer I wrote sev­eral let­ters urg­ing U.S. forces to take out the Is­lamic State be­fore the ter­ror­ist group strikes Amer­ica. I ar­gued that the Is­lamic State might have its sights set on Capitol Hill or Hol­ly­wood. Given the ter­ror­ists’ twisted logic, they be­lieve th­ese two iconic land­marks are the sym­bols of Amer­i­can he­donism and must be de­stroyed.

One of my friends asked me why I kept writ­ing about them. “You’re push­ing ev­ery­one’s but­tons,” she said. “Why are you de­lib­er­ately scar­ing us?” The an­swer was sim­ple then, as it is now. The Is­lamic State re­cently put out a hit list of 100 U.S. servicemen and -women it wants its fol­low­ers to as­sas­si­nate (“Is­lamic State posts kill list with pur­ported ad­dresses of U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel,” Web, March 21). The ter­ror­ists not only pub­lished pic­tures and names of th­ese mil­i­tary per­son­nel, they iden­ti­fied their lo­ca­tions, too. Just in case you think the Is­lamic State will be on the look­out for th­ese brave troops in the Mid­dle East, guess again. The ter­ror­ists pub­lished th­ese troops’ home ad­dresses on the main­land.

The war on ter­ror is be­ing fought all over the world. The Is­lamic State has proven it can cap­ture ter­ri­tory in Iraq and Syria just as eas­ily as it can in­flu­ence one or two fa­nat­ics to attack in­no­cents vir­tu­ally any­where. My writ­ten warn­ings aside, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore some lone wolf strikes Amer­ica. When that hap­pens, I hope the United States will be will­ing to coun­ter­at­tack on a mas­sive scale.

DENNY FREI­DEN­RICH La­guna Beach, Cal­i­for­nia

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