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Page 4 Free Press Thursday, February 26, 2015 Somebody is going to have to cut the cancer out. When it comes down to defining a strategy on how to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or of Iraq and the Levant, depending on your preference, that statement is pretty much it in a nutshell. The question then becomes, who is going to do it? Who will take the lead in removing from the world a terrorist organization that revels in beheadings and burning people alive to enact its vengeance and to enforce its form of ultraconservative, theocratic form of govern- ment? It's not an easy question to ask, and even less of an easy question to answer. Because whoever decides to undertake this mission needs to come to grips with the fact that it's likely a suicide mission for any forces involved on the ground and in the air. As always, the United States is being pushed to ac- tion in helping defeat ISIS, with many of those voices coming from our Congress, who criticize President Barack Obama for not having a clearer plan of action in de- feating the terrorist organiza- tion. In going to war against ISIS, and that really is what's required, it is important to clearly define the mission this time. We don't want to go through the same "strategy" for committing our resources and blood treasure, if needed, that we did in Iraq when the original presumption of rid- ding Saddam Hussein of his weapons of mass destructive proved to be a lie, and our involvement turned into one of nation building. That was a decade-long exercise that cost a lot of money, lives and in truth, destabilized an already pre- carious region that led to the rise of ISIS. We didn't do much better in Libya when Arab Spring revolutionary forces eventually overthrew another dictator in Muammar Gaddafi. And now, ISIS forces are growing in that destabilized and lawless coun- try. The reasons for violence in the Middle East are many, varied and stretch back centu- ries. A 236-year-old upstart like ourselves isn't going to go in and bring immediate peace, no matter how confident we feel in our abilities. Besides, U.S. and European involvement in the region is part of the problem, often propping up dictators to pre- serve our financial and natural resource interests. It's helped contribute to the philosophy and worldview of groups such as ISIS, as well as given a bad name to a good religion, mean- ing Islam. The U.S. can't be seen as the leader in solving this problem. Rather, we need to be the silent and willing partner. The major players in the Middle East who oppose ISIS need to be the ones fighting on the ground. They understand the region, geographically, culturally and politically. The Western powers need to pro- vide the financial and technical assistance when needed. But while a military option is the only one for removing ISIS, there are other factors that need addressing to ultimately prevent something similar from reoccurring. Two of those are the lack of good economic and educational opportunities. Again, this needs to be done so that those doingthe work and leading the initiative are those who live in the region. We can't be there to "Western- ize" and certainly not to exploit for corporate benefit. Rather, the U.S. and Euro- pean powers need to be ready to offer financial assistance and our expertise, but only if we're asked. And, we need to ensure that any resources we provide are used for the purposes in- tended. Solving violence in the Middle East needs to be about them, not about us. Otherwise, the cancer will continue to spread. Write to the Point Inslee's folly Id halt tra ion bill By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter You had to like that nice Christmas present, and may- be some of the extra cash with gas costing under $1.75 a gal, lon provided, right? I know my wife and I en- joyed saving about $300 a month from the fuel bills t h a t w e r e Paul Delaney nothing short of overwhelm- ing eight years ago when I first started working at the Cheney Free Press in the latter half of 2007. That's when gas hit the mid-S4 range and the mini- mum 50-mile daily round intolaw -andmostcertainly has already been a leader in trip was quite a shock to the lawsuits, reduction of carbon emis- wallet and budget. Especially If the governor's wishful signs. But according to a for a guy who, for 25 years, fantasy comes true and we washingtonstatewire.com rarely had to drive more than start adding ethanol to ourblog, the state produces a five miles each way per day fuels in his Don Quixote quest miniscule three-tenth's of to work. to have Washington single- one percent of greenhouse Got my first overpriced handedly combat climate gasses. Seattle Sea_hawks T-shirt with change, what is accomplished With cost estimates from some of the savings so as to and what is compromised? consultants to Inslee's own be properly attired at playoff From the standpoint of Climate Legislative and Ex- bandwagon parties, what canbe done about push-ecutive Workgroup saying But as a strike at some re- ing back at Mother Nature, the price per gallon of gas will fineries and other factors have realize the math that recently rise anywhere from 93 cents helped gas prices slowly edge appeared in an Associated to $1.17 per gallon, one of the upward into the $2 range, it Press story. It said the Earth first casualties of low carbon still takes less than $30 to fill has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahr- legislation could be our roads my tank. enheit since 1880. and bridges, Unless that is if Washing- That's a whole .0107 de- Because if the low carbon ton state Gov. Jay Inslee gets grees a year. Warming, yes,fuels initiative comes to frui- his wish and end-runs his but worthy of the panic that tion, those from both sides of low carbon fuels initiative seems everywhere? the aisle say it's unlikely the Interestingly enough, the Senate's recently unveiled $15 state of Washington is, andbillion transportation pack- FREE SS Vol. 118-No. 45 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Venus Bratsveen Dawn Chernak Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, Al Stover, Brittani Montecucco, Bill lift, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is T h e F r e e P r e s s r e- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. 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House Transportation Chairwoman, Democrat,Judy Clibborn, said of all the things that could stop the roads bill in its tracks, "The possibility of a low-carbon fuel standard executive order is the biggest hazard of all." The specter of Inslee trying to take a back-road to deliver one of his pet green initiatives surfaced last October when he joined California Gov. Jerry Brown and recently deposed Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, plus representatives of the government of British Colum- bia to promote low carbon fuel standards, vowing he'd see it See Write to the Point page 5 answer Bill Johns has argued that his plan would add class- the evening or busing to renovations toCheney High rooms and a small alterna-elementary schools, which Schoolcan be accomplished tive school, many needs displaces elementary activi- for $11.65 million. He pre-would be left unmet and ties. sented this option to the CHSwould still fall short in Drama and choir stu- citizens' committee, schoolkey areas, dents would still be left board and in newspapers. Sports teams would stillwithout a theater. Accord- The truth is that his plan be short gym space, leav- is simply inadequate. Whileing them practicing late in See Letters page 5 John McCallum Editor Main contact for editorial coverage. Cov- ers all Cheney government, community,, school district news and events, as well as Cheney High School sports. jmac @ cheneyfreepres~ com A1 Stover Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake government, community and school district news, as well as Airway Heights news and Cheney High School sports. al @ cheneCreepmss.com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington University sports and news. Contact for miscellaneous sports. pdelaney@ cheneyfreepress.com li[I II II I I ti[l i I iili!!! 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