How many more people have to die before the Obama administration finds the cujones to actually strike hard against ISIS?
According to the New York Times, American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign.”
“And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers.”
“American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians.”
War is indeed a terrible thing. But how many more innocents will have to be slaughtered before we actually do anything effective?
Let’s just look at the numbers.
As of August last year, it’s estimated close to 200,000 people had been killed in Syria.
Last October, the Daily Beast wrote an article titled “ISIS’s gruesome Muslim death toll” which quoted a UN Report that ISIS “carried out attacks deliberately and systematically targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, with the intention of killing and wounding civilians.”
“The UN concluded that in the first eight months of 2014, at least 9,347 civilians had been killed and at least 17,386 wounded. While all these deaths are not attributable to ISIS alone, ISIS is identified as the primary actor.”
Just last week, in the siege of Ramadi, ISIS slaughtered “hundreds” while perhaps 8,000 had to flee the city.
As far as how many civilians have perished in the U.S-led airstrikes, The Week reports, “There is little agreement over how many civilians have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Coalition officials say they have found zero credible reports of civilian casualties. Independent analysts say the number could be in the hundreds.”
Bear in mind that’s after more than 3,000 airstrikes, with 11,500 munitions dropped across Iraq and Syria.
That’s a lot of firepower, and any civilian death is a tragedy.
But compare that to the tens of thousands who have already died at the hands of ISIS. Don’t those lives matter?
And how many more thousands will die if we continue to sit by and watch ISIS parade in broad daylight?
We’re not talking about Hiroshima or Nagasaki. We’re talking about bombing the crap out of 7 buildings in Raqqa and possibly turning the tide against ISIS.
Of course by now, since this is all over the news, they’ve probably moved their headquarters, and our process will start all over again.
But you just have to wonder if this nation will ever find the courage and the will for victory ever again?