In Wake Of James Foley Murder, A Sense Of Reality About The Threat From ISIS Emerges

Brett Budowsky cautions that unless it is destroyed, ISIS could launch a major terror attack on U.S. soil.

“The odds that ISIS can obtain nuclear, chemical, biological or other forms of mass destruction weapons are impossible to ascertain but in a world of vast illegal arms trafficking, with so many corrupt officials in nations possessing arsenals of destruction, the danger is real,” writes Budowsky.

His concern is echoed by James Bloodworth of London’s Independent, who warns that members of ISIS are “not misunderstood men who have been “radicalised” by Western imperialism, but rather are attempting to use our concern for human suffering against us by proudly brandishing their own disregard for it — all to create a hellish and totalitarian Caliphate that would make death feel like a deliverance.”

Perhaps the starkest commentary about ISIS came during a Pentagon briefing on the failed raid to rescue American journalist James Foley. Speaking to reporters, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS was “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” adding that the US “must prepare for everything.”

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was at the press conference with Hagel, said that ISIS could be managed by airstrikes for a period of time but that they pose a long-term threat that will require going after and defeating its forces in Syria.

For those interested in reading James Foley’s reporting on Syria, the Global Post has selected some of his best.


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