Terrorists have long threatened America and it's citizens. The Department of Defense, especially since 9/11, has ramped up efforts to quell both domestic and international terror threats. Congressman and high ranking military officials are sounding the alarm in the impending danger ISIS could cause on American soil if the terrorist group is not stopped on its tracks. Sure, statistically speaking (1 in 20 millions) it is very unlikely for an American to be killed by a terrorist. You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane crash and 12 times more likely to die by suffocation in your own bed. Why worry?
ISIS Has Money to Burn: ISIS makes up to $3 million per day from selling oil, according to analysts. Most of these funds come from selling crude oil on the black market in Syria and Iraq. It takes big-time money to plot a large scale terrorist attack and, unfortunately, ISIS has access to such cash and then some. $3 million per day; that is crazy money.
ISIS is Unbelievably Barbaric and Without Any Sense of Conscience: ISIS has terrorized Iraq and Syria as it has taken large swaths of land from both countries. Along its way, it has beheaded, shot, stoned, maimed, bombed, and even crucified "infidels" for refusing to convert to Islam. American photo-journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by an ISIS militant and the gruesome video was shared on social media sites. ISIS has been known for sharing images and videos of the grotesque ways in which it kills people. They have shared images of crucifixions, mass grave-sites, executions, and other beheadings. Many of these images and videos have since been banned by Twitter and Facebook. ISIS has slaughtered thousands of innocent people in the last several months. They are evil, bloodthirsty, and without any sense of human conscience.
ISIS Boasts Radical Beliefs: ISIS believes it is doing the work of "God" while it purges the world of "infidels." These types of belief systems are not only insanely dangerous, they can create a sense of "order" and "camaraderie" amongst it's adherents. The power of belief, for good or for ill, is incredible. These people actually believe they are called by Allah to kill innocent men, women, and children. Militants can be heard in recorded video clips, as they slaughter such innocent people, chant "Allahu Akbar (God is great)."
ISIS is Organized: ISIS is not just some unorganized terrorists group passively spewing threats about, they are very well organized. Organized enough to actually take over large parts of Syria and Iraq and capture several Americans who have been working in areas of Syria and Iraq. What many people don't realize is this is the group that is fighting AGAINST the Assad regime in Syria. Do you remember when Obama wanted to bomb Assad for using chemical weapons against his "own people?" "Those people" are actually ISIS militants. We ALMOST helped ISIS take an even stronger position in Syria by bombing the Syrian government. The Obama administration is now doing a 180 and is purportedly working with the Syrian government to authorize airstrikes in Syria to take out ISIS militants. Yes, the same militants we almost helped about a year ago...
ISIS Recently Threatened Chicago: An ISIS Twitter handle released an ominous message about a supposed attack within the city of Chicago. The message contained a picture of a hand holding up a handwritten note in front of the Old Republic Building in Chicago.
The note, written in Arabic, says, "#AmessagefromISIStoUS We are in your state We are in your cities We are in your streets You are our goals everywhere."
The United States Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, says ISIS must be destroyed because they are an "imminent threat to every interest we have." This same sentiment has been echoed by Congressman and other high ranking DoD officials. We very well could be in another Middle Eastern war in the near future. And it may actually be necessary this time around.