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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, November 19, 2015 REPRINTED FROM THE DETROIT NEWS, NOV. 17, 2015 The Islamic State made it quite clear in Pads on Friday (Nov. 13) that it is not contained, and that containment is not an effective strategy to combat this particularly bloodthirsty strain of terror. This latest attack on western soft should ignite a pas- sionate commitment to destroy ISIS at its roots. An angry and distraught French President Francoise Hol- lande threw down the gauntlet immediately after the killings ended, vowing a "pitiless war" against the Islamic State and saying France wiUescalate its military efforts against Islamists in the Middle East and Africa. The European Union issued a statement pledging to support the fight against terror with "ruthless determination." That's the right rhetoric. It must be matched with the right action. The United States and its Eu- ropean allies have moved cau- tiously against the Islamic State, which now controls a large swath across Iraq and Syria. They have been content to pro- vide intermittent air cover and targeted missile strikes while counting on Sunni forces to do the ground fighting. That is not a winning strat- egy. Nor should much comfort be taken from the fact that the Islamic State has not been able to expand its footprint recently, and may even be losing territory. Just hours before the Pads strikes, President Barack Obama assured a television interviewer that ISIS was con- tained, if not yet decapitated. Aside from the unfortunate timing, it continued a pattern of premature presidential procla- mations of success in the terror war that extend back to George W. Bush's declaration of "Mis- sion Accomplished." It also reflects a limited view of the Islamic State threat. As Paris demonstrates, the terrorists' reach is not restricted by the geographic space it occu- pies. It has the ability to do hor- rific harm by dispatching to the West a relatively small number of jihadists - or cultivating them inside the target country. Obama continued his prac- tice of speaking of terrorist strikes as if they were criminal acts, rather than acts of war. He promised those responsible would be "brought to justice." But the remedy to terror is not to arrest bad individuals; it is to annihilate an evil ideology. That requires a commit- ment to an expansive military campaign that so far neither the president, Congress nor the American people have shown any appetite for prosecuting. Again, Pads reminds us that this is not someone else's fight. The murderous ambitions of the Islamic State extend well beyond the borders of the Middle East. And it is undeniably expand- ing the pace and success rate of its killing. Just two weeks ago, ISIS brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt, killing 224. The death toll in Pads will likely reach above 150, with more than 300 wounded. If the escalation continues, and crosses the ocean, the United States may not have the luxury of a patient strategic response to the Islamic State. Admittedly, expanding the military engagement is not a simple enterprise. For one thing, in Syria ISIS is battling the re- gime of Bashar Assad, who has used chemical weapons against his own people, is an enemy of the United States and is aligned with Russia and Iran. Finding the good guys to back continues to be challenging. But the West's stepped down presence in the Middle East and lack of a cohesive strategy to destroy the Islamic State has en- abled genocide to go unchecked in that region, and terror to be exported outside of it. What's needed is the pitiless response of which Hollande spoke. Distributed by Creators.Corn Disclaimer: This guest edito- rial does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cheney Free Press. Write to the Point To defeat ISIS, we need to put aside differences and adopt new thinkin By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Freedom fries. Remember those? Chang- ing the name of French fries to freedom fries was just one of the ways we derided France for not joining us in our 2003 invasion of Iraq. Back then their reason for not hitching their horse to former President George W. Bush's cru- sade to rid the world of Iraqi dicta- tor Saddam John McCallum Hussein was that doing so would destabilize an already unstable region. It could also lead to an escalation of terrorist attacks aroundand we went after them in ISIL. Or Daesh, which is the with carefully considered the world. Afghanistan. That was the French version of the Arabic beliefs, among them that it Ironic, isn't it? Perhaps course of action, acronym Da'ish, that accord- is a key agent of the coming the French ability to predictNot to say that Saddam ing to a piece on th.e Rawapocalypse/" the future resides in more Hussein should have been Story website stands for al-Wood's piece is a must than just their famed astrolo- allowed to remain in powerDawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq read to at least begin to get ger Nostradamus. either. He was an evil manal-Sham, a glimpse of what the world All kidding aside, we owe who deserved no leniency. All this is water under faces in this latest edition to the French an apology along But the unfortunate truth, the bridge, however unfor-the Middle East's legacy of with our support and prayers especially in the Middle East, tunate. We have to move violence and upheaval. The for the dead and wounded inis that sometimes to keep one forward, because the threat problem is most people will last Friday's attacks in Paris. evil in check you have to posed to us and the world never read it. And the January attack on endure another. It sucks, but by ISIS is very real. Who they The reason is it's long the offices of the magazinethat's the way it is. are and what they believe - 44 pages. That's a year's Charlie Hebdo. The French were right, is described in a chillingworth of USA Today articles, In fact, the list of terror- and now they - and we and thorough piece in The and in this world of "just ist acts since our own day of -- are paying the price for Atlantic entitled "What ISIS giye me the quick overview, reckoning Sept. 11, 2001, is our arrogance and hubris Really Wants." I've got to get to the gym" long, spanning many court- in Iraq with the emergence "The Islamic State is noapproach to news, it's virtu- tries. And that includes our of a true evil in the form of mere collection of psycho-ally "War and Peace." own, in Boston. the Islamic State of Iraq and paths," author GraemeWood That's unfortunate be- We knew where the en- Syria, ISIS. Or the Islamicwrites in the story's opening emy was that attacked us inState of Iraq and the Levant, lines. 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