Wednesday night (Sept. 10) President Obama addressed the nation informing the public that the United States in tandem with allies will take military action in Iraq and Syria to eradicate the terrorist group ISIL, formerly known as ISIS.
The speech came one day before the 13th anniversary of September 11.
In the near 15 minute speech, Obama laid out the strategic plan to deal with the crisis:
“Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. And that’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”
ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, is the fastest growing and most funded terrorist group to date. ISIL formed a little over a year ago and has been gaining control of territories in Iraq and Syria since. Last month Obama ordered airstrikes in Iraq against the ISIL members that were a threat to embassies and American civilians in the country. Now the U.S. will carry out airstrikes in not only Iraq, but Syria as well.
Over 70% of the American public are for airstrikes on ISIL. Public favor may be due to the group’s barbaric beheading of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, that were captured by the terrorists group and held for ransom.
While public opinion seems to be in favor for the airstrikes, there are many who oppose it. Filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted:
Obama, who has ended the Iraq War and plans to bring servicemen and women back from Afghanistan by 2016, has stated over and over “…that there will be no boots on the ground.” There may not be a surge in the Middle East like the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, but Obama is sending 475 additional troops to Iraq.
The UN defines terrorism as:
Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.
When dealing with groups whose mission is to incite fear through violence, diplomacy may not be the most effective solution.
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President Obama addresses the US with plans to take action against ISIL a day before 9/11. Take a look at his plan.