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September 17, 2014

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Letter to the Editor:

Don’t get involved in the ISIS mess

It’s time to address the hysterical overreaction to the ISIS threat. It does not have an air force or a navy, and it is much more of a threat to its fellow Muslims than it is to us.

We need to recognize that we are not engaged in a war against terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a philosophy; rather, we are engaged in an ideological battle against the irrational, mystical advocates of religious fanaticism.

In the short run, of course, we should do everything we can to protect ourselves from terrorist actions that actually threaten us. But as long as the Sunni ISIS forces and the Iraqi and Iranian Shia forces are killing each other, as they have done for hundreds of years, we should not get involved.

If any of the neighboring states believe that ISIS is a threat to them, then it’s up to them to defend themselves, instead of expecting more Americans to fight and die for their sake.

In the long run, no matter how many ISIS soldiers we kill, we must win the ideological battle for reason, freedom and individual rights. Only then will the threat from Islamic fundamentalism subside.

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