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Schmidt's post about ISIS reveals the solution.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    It was obvious from the post that ISIS is not about coexistence and compromise. ISIS is about ending all life. Can there be any other solution than annihilation of ISIS.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: It was obvious from the post that ISIS is not about coexistence and compromise. ISIS is about ending all life. Can there be any other solution than annihilation of ISIS.

    No Chet, that does not work; it never did; look at our successes in all our wars since WWII; the KKK and Nazi clubs still exist as well; if you read the news they are having an hostage happening in an hotel in Mali. This stupid country dropped bombs all over the place via drones, as well in Mali ; this is the result.

    I said many times fly swatting in the swamp does not work; they will sting twice as hard; we created these fanatics by our foreign policies since WWII; this is the result of thinking we can run the world and dictate, bomb and use drone's all over the place; it will bite us in the butt as I predicted way back. People don't get fanatic if you feed them, having a roof above their head, give them the "right" non religious education and jobs. Just making dictators/leaders millionaires or favoritism (like we do with Israel) does not work.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    We have never anihlated an enemy. We have always had enemies that fought for a life style. This enemy is seeking the end of life on earth. Unless I misinterpretated Schmidt's information. I appreciate all life. I appreciate everybody's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ISIS has found a way to mutate self preservation.
  • Independent
    Idaho Falls, ID
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: It was obvious from the post that ISIS is not about coexistence and compromise. ISIS is about ending all life. Can there be any other solution than annihilation of ISIS.
  • Independent
    Idaho Falls, ID
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    ISIS's ultimate goal has been said to end all human life or to convert everyone to Islam and kill everyone that won't convert. Really? I think their ultimate goal needs more thought. You can't deal with people when you don't understand what drives them. I for one would like to find out where they are really coming from. Sounds like a good job for a top investigative reporter - Charlie Rose where are you?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    ISIS is not about ending all life. Those captured by ISIS are given an ultimatum...convert to Salafism and swear allegiance to the ISIS caliph or die. I found Martin Reardon's Al Jazeera article, ISIL and the management of savagery, particularly revealing of their tactics. It's a short article...read it.

    One cannot defeat the ISIS ideology unless one examines the underlying reasons for their hostility and hatred. Much of it has to do with western imperialism and the military tactics that have served to radicalize an otherwise peaceful segment of the population. The Iraq War, the stupidest foreign policy blunder of this century, is certainly one of the biggest catalysts, but the problems is even more complicated than just that war. In any case it is hard to undo that war now. As Chris Hayes said on his program, maybe it has become an "unsolvable Rubik's Cube". There are no good answers...the choice of strategies are all bad...some are just worse than others. I've thought about this a lot, and I'll write another blog article on it soon.

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    Extermination of ISIS/ISIL is what you are speaking about. This very hard because ISIS hides among other Muslims that are children, women and men who have no desire to fight, but be true to their Islamic belief of peace. I know its hard for many a American to believe this, but it is true. The problem with the war going on with ISIS is that it attaches to all Muslims around the world. While ISIS hides among the innocent Muslim people, our conflicts and attacks endanger the Muslims that are not our enemy. Many Americans become trained by our politicians, such as Trump, and those that are bigoted and racists are blaming all Muslims. This only fuels the ISIS agenda and promotes revenge attacks on all of us that attack Muslims.

    So, who ever wants to exterminate ISIS, better be ready to accept all the innocent Muslims that get caught in the attack. America, France, Britain, Russia and Australia are very capable of exterminating ISIS within the Middle East. A nuclear weapon is very capable of doing extermination. The larger problem is few ISIS are killed and more innocent Muslims are killed. The other spectrum is ISIS plagues other countries and regions around the world. ISIS is like a disease that humanity has not found the cure or vaccine. I often hear in medical reviews that new vaccines using nanotech are released into the human body and can destroy cancer cells. As related to our world issue of ISIS, we need a similar cure to the entire world, where an agent locates ISIS and destroys it wherever it is found. Currently, the world is playing whack-a-mole in trying to destroy ISIS. Since ISIS has no compromise agenda other than convert to their lifestyle of Sharia Law or be killed. That can never be negotiable.

    So, maybe extermination of ISIS is the right agenda for all the world joined to defeat them. However, the response that we have never annihilated anybody before is just false. Ask the Japanese where two nuclear weapons where used on Japan's larger cities. That incident was annihilation even though there were survivors living with decades of pain and death. ISIS would enjoy if their opponents would use a nuclear weapon. ISIS would use that to their advantage and mobilize more around the world. I still believe that the best attack is their funding sources and destroy their hubs of the organization. The fighters the employ are ignorant, but trainable. Take away the money and the organization and ISIS will fall away as a bad dream.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    ISIS is not about ending all life. Those captured by ISIS are given an ultimatum...convert to Salafism and swear allegiance to the ISIS caliph or die. I found Martin Reardon's Al Jazeera article, ISIL and the management of savagery, particularly revealing of their tactics. It's a short article...read it.

    One cannot defeat the ISIS ideology unless one examines the underlying reasons for their hostility and hatred. Much of it has to do with western imperialism and the military tactics that have served to radicalize an otherwise peaceful segment of the population. The Iraq War, the stupidest foreign policy blunder of this century, is certainly one of the biggest catalysts, but the problems is even more complicated than just that war. In any case it is hard to undo that war now. As Chris Hayes said on his program, maybe it has become an "unsolvable Rubik's Cube". There are no good answers...the choice of strategies are all bad...some are just worse than others. I've thought about this a lot, and I'll write another blog article on it soon.

    I guess the point is as I wrote before: If people have food on the table, healthcare, education an satisfying job , then you don't get these situations. In the case of ISIS first of all they had a dictatorship, corruption, poor people as well plenty of different factions; then on top of it "foreign" people came in and bombed the place; it is just like Germany after the first WW.

    Of course then you get these situations; throw in "religion" then the picture is complete.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- I think you have summarized the situation quite accurately. How to get out of the quagmire is the tougher question with Republicans running around fear mongering.