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By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News


It's time for action...

Posted 11/17/15 (Tue)

What happened in Paris on Friday night is something that needs to be dealt with quickly, swiftly and without mercy.

As French President Francois Hollande told the BBC, “France will destroy ISIS.” In fact, he’s going so far as to ask for changes in the French constitution so harsher strikes can be carried out against the radical Islamists.

France was dealt a serious blow and the attacks purposely were carried out during a time when the city of Paris would be most vulnerable to such cheap violence.

This may not be the magnitude of Sept. 11, 2001, but the entire free world must retaliate now and stop this before it gets any bigger.

If anyone had any doubts, ISIS is the new enemy, they certainly have the capability to strike an international city so there obviously has to be some kind of command and control, communications and strategy.

Where is it coming from? Who is financing ISIS, Is Iran responsible for training these barbarians? What motivates these people to carry out commando raids for no apparent reason other than those claiming responsibility that Paris is the “city of adultry.”

It didn’t take 24 hours and Hollande unleased the French Mirage jets to begin dropping bombs. Hollande has also said that France will ramp up the war in Iraq and Syria.

Russia also needs to get involved in a bigger way. Yes, we may not be on the best of terms with Russia, but you’ll recall in World War II Roosevelt made an alliance with Stalin in order to defeat Hitler.

Here in the United States, we can say it happened over there or we can say it’s none of our business.

But it is our business and we’re going to have to do far better than 50 Special Forces personnel.

I don’t think there is an American service member who is not willing to get involved and destroy ISIS and the sooner the better.

On Sunday morning on “Meet the Press,” presidential candidate Jeb Bush said the best thing we can do is step up our campaign and do it without our hands tied behind our backs.

On Monday morning’s “Today Show,” former presidental candidate Mitt Romney said it best and I think we all ought to listen to him.

Romney said this is a generational problem and unless it is confronted right now, it’s going to worsen and grow, just like a cancer and it will eventually become impossible to stop.

He also said that Muslims in the United States are going to have to step up and take the lead in providing information that might lead to detaining some of these radicals.

If they fear retaliation, I guess that fear is better than being dead. If they are trying to protect their own, for the good of the world, they’re going to have to give up that notion.

The biggest question I have in all this is when France carried out their Sunday bombings, how did they know where that munitions depot was located? How did they know where the ISIS recruiting station was located? And if they knew, why haven’t they already been destroyed?

This is why we, the United States, should send in as many as 100,000 troops and continue the airstrikes with proper intelligence rather than just guessing at what might be on the ground below.

We need an army in the Middle East, rather, we need a coalition army in the Middle East with unlimited people, unlimited supplies and unlimited munitions.

Perhaps then, ISIS will get the message.

If we had intelligence units, reconnaissance units, infantry units, more Special forces units, Marines, artillery units and the CIA.

The United States has the best equipment in the world and we need to unleash it now if for no other reason but demoralize those who are recruited into this sick ideology.

And instead of training at Fort Belvoir, intelligence troops need to go undercover in the streets of Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg and wherever we see a potential threat and root out the bad guys.

We also need counter propaganda. ISIS uses social media much to its advantage to recruit young people to the cause and when they get there, find out it’s all a lie.

Somehow, we’re going to have to circumvent that and make sure their messages are intercepted. It’s a form of communications. It can be intercepted, just like radio.

The French called Friday’s attacks an act of war and Pope Francis called it World War III peace meal. Yes, we are at war again and we better use any means possible to destroy this cancerous enemy.