The abhorrent atrocities committed by ISIS should be opposed and condemned. They publicize these acts for purposes of generating fear and destabilizing the world conscience. We must do everything possible to fight against the perpetrators, but we must not over-generalize and condemn all people of the Muslim religion. We must resist becoming hateful.
America has had many brave men and women pay the ultimate price for defending our freedom combating such cowardly idealistic extremists. We can be thankful we enjoy freedom because of their sacrifices, and as a society, we must utilize our own hard-won freedom to acknowledge and fight against areas where we accept the normalization and degradation of human life and human dignity such as poverty, abortion, sexual commerce and human trafficking. Combating evil must take place inwardly as well as outwardly.
Yes, war is horrible, but Daniel Warner’s letter (Feb. 21st) recommends dropping “the mother of all bombs” and annihilating ISIS militants without regard to others who, through their coercion, are victims of the terror they impose. If we do, a morally justifiable response will have been exceeded. Let us avoid acquiescing to their tactics and allowing them to win by becoming like them.
Leonard G. Ramirez