“Timid measures against Islamic State won’t work” was the headline of The Bee Editorial Board’s opinion piece on Nov. 17.
“Timid” being opposed I suppose to “bold” measures, which are so pointless. What is needed are “effective” measures.
In the Middle Ages, the powers that be took bold steps against the Jews, whom they believed were the cause of bubonic plague. I guess it was bold, they drove the Jews out or killed them. Too bad the bubonic bacteria wasn’t affected.
In World War II, we declared war against definable countries – Germany, Italy, Japan – effectively we built ships, guns and tanks to wage war. Bold and timid had nothing to do with it. Reconfiguring auto factories was what it was all about.
ISIS is not a country; it is, as Kerry observed, psychopathic Middle-Ages multi-country source clusters of appalling evil. Let us discuss how one wages effective battle against such a cancerous plague, not quibbling over whether we are bravely or timidly doing stupid things.
Sylvia Woodburne, Fresno