An American author, and retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson who is the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head has called on the United States of America to come up with proactive measures to halt the global activities of the deadly Islamic sect, ISIS.
Find below his statements reeled out in two parts:
In August of 2014, I wrote an article entitled “The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution”. Within that piece, I refer to those around the world who have been persecuted by a group of religious zealots whose behavior is difficult to comprehend. Their intolerance against Christianity is beyond horrible. People are being beheaded for their faith. Women and young girls are being sexually violated and whole families are being wantonly slaughtered in cold blood. Perhaps just as abhorrent is the profound silence of the American government as represented by the current administration. Even though President Obama has declared that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation, we are still compassionate people who should not ignore humanitarian atrocities, much less ones where the victims are only guilty of maintaining a belief in the principles espoused by Jesus Christ.
The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya this past week is truly devastating, and my heartfelt condolences are expressed to all those involved. The same holds true for the four Jewish victims of the January Paris kosher market attack. Such unprovoked and brutal acts should be condemned by all, and we must recognize that the murdered individuals were targeted due to their religious faith. Regarding the killing of 21 Egyptian Christians, Pope Francis said, “The blood of our Christian brothers is a witness that cries out. If they are Catholic, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it is not important: They are Christians. The blood is the same: It is the blood which confesses Christ.”
Every resource available should be used to eradicate the threat of ISIS while it is still in its adolescent stage. That means using every military apparatus that we have: banking facilities, sanctions, you name it. And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground. We need to be the leader and take serious action. The coalition will form if it has a leader. I would commit everything to eliminating ISIS right now. We have to make sure that our military, which is extremely talented and maintains very good leadership, is not put into a compromised position where we are trying to micro-manage them.
I am extraordinarily concerned about the fact that we are not responding to the barbaric acts that are taking place. There is a tremendous leadership void. It is vital that our nation makes it very clear that we are going to react in a very strenuous way to any kind of atrocities of this nature. Nothing should be off the table. This whole concept of “We can’t put boots on the ground because of what happened in Iraq” is silly. The threat that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda posed at that time was on a completely different level than we are looking at now. It is extremely immature to equate the two in terms of reactions. ISIS wants to destroy us and our way of life. There are two choices: we could sit back and wait for them, or we can use the resources we have to destroy them.
The United States should be willing to listen to our military advisors, as they are very smart people with great strategic planning in terms of the number of troops we need and how we utilize them. There is no such thing as a politically correct war. Our troops have to understand that if they go in and they fight, that they are not going to be prosecuted when they come back here. That is not the way you fight a war. We have to give them esprit de corps—feelings of loyalty and devotion— and they have to know that we have their backs.
Global citizens are dealing with an evil in today’s society that is threatening Christians, Jews and any people who do not believe like ISIS does. And if we allow it to continue to grow, it will be a big tree with lots of branches and roots, rather than a bush as it is now. The lack of an adequate response will endanger not only us in the long run, but the entire world.