There’s an old joke that the first rule of Texas Common Law is “He needed killing.”
Meet some people who desperately need it:
ISIS have reportedly executed five mothers and their children after the women refused to allow their children to become child soldiers in the ranks of the jihadi group.
The victims are all believed to be from the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe, well known for their long time resistance in fighting against Al Qaeda and ISIS in the Iraqi province of Anbar.
The claim was described in graphic detail by tribal leader Sheikh Naim al-Kaoud, who said that the women and children were rounded up by ISIS gangs and set on fire in the streets.
According to the London based Saudi newspaper Sharq al-Awsat, the tribal leader told how the women had resisted the militants demands for them to release their children and join ISIS.
The barbaric punishment was carried out in the neighbourhood of Al-Jamiya, inside the ISIS held city of Heet.
I’m a firm believer that, to justify a major US military intervention, there has to be an intersection to American strategic interests and moral values. We’re not French; we don’t do “raison d’Etat” very well. We have to feel good about what we’re doing, too.
ISIS is a case where our national and moral interests intersect. Not only has ISIS made it quite clear they want to attack us (and they will, bet on it) and not only do they threaten to throw the Near East, a region vital to our interests, deeper into chaos. No, they also:
- They destroy priceless ancient relics (aside from those they sell on the black market), robbing civilization of its heritage.
- They behead people
- They burn them alive
- They throw them off buildings for being gay and shoot them if they survive
- They drown people in cages
- They take non-Muslim women as sex slaves and sell them in slave markets
How is it not moral, how is it not right, how is it not just, how is it not obligatory on good people to send an expeditionary force to destroy these demons in human skin? We don’t have to do this alone, though we should if no one else will join us. With sufficient American leadership, an international force could be put together to crush these vermin.
Wait. Did I just say “American leadership?” Sorry, people suffering under ISIS. You’ll have to wait until sometime in 2017.
But ISIS still needs killing.
PS: For those wary of another massive military commitment to that godforsaken region (and understandably so), there is a middle course that might well work — special operations forces combined with heavy, but targeted airstrikes.