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February 19, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Take the fight against the Islamic State to social media

I’m pleased to see the Obama administration make an effort to revamp and expand the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications as digital propaganda becomes more potent [“Hostage’s parents launch social-media bid to free son held in Syria,” Nation & World, Feb. 5]. However, I’m disappointed at the lack of initiative to do so…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Lindsey Habenicht

December 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Pakistan school massacre: What kind of monsters kill innocent children?

My immediate reaction to the mass murder of young students in Pakistan [“Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage,” Nation & World, Dec. 21] was to ask: What kind of monsters would kill innocent children? Then I recalled that for a decade after the 1991 U.S. attack on Iraq, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, the…


Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: Afghanistan, children, education

December 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Islamic State: Pope Francis’ call wouldn’t protect innocent Christians

Although Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are taking steps to ending the schism between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, these efforts are hard to notice when there is a terrorist group, the Islamic State, persecuting and murdering Christians in Syria and Iraq [“Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks,” Nation &…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: Catholic Church, iraq, Islamic State

October 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Middle East: Nothing to be gained by continued involvement in conflict

A recent editorial stated the need to debate further military action in the Middle East [“Middle East flareup requires diplomacy, humility,” Opinion, Sept. 18]. I agree. The result of the debate should be the refusal by the U.S. House to support such action. The U.S. cannot win a war in the Middle East because war there…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Campbell Kintz, iraq, Islamic State

October 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Islamic State: Sunni Arabs, not Kurds, are the ultimate solution to the problem

If Wednesday’s headline “Embattled Kurds are key in fight against Islamic State” [Nation & World, Oct. 7] is correct then U.S. efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State are doomed to failure. The Kurds are not the key, Sunni Arabs are. The Islamic State exists because Sunnis in Eastern Syria and Western…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Kurds

October 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Fight against Islamic State: Does anyone learn from past mistakes?

We in the U.S. never learn [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. Does no one remember Iran? We withdrew support from the Shah, our ally for decades, and ended up with the terrorist theocracy there. After accusing the Shah of being a ruthless dictator, Ayatollah Khomeini killed…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Egypt, Glen Kaner, iraq

October 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Islamic State: The U.S. has a hypocritical policy on human rights

I find it harder and harder to take the president seriously on matters of foreign policy [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. He wants me to be outraged about something he calls Islamic State, and he doesn’t want me to be outraged about something we all…


Comments | More in Islamic State, Middle East | Topics: Egypt, iraq, Islamic State

September 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Fight against Islamic State: U.S. is caught in balancing act

Our latest war in Iraq and Syria is indeed a strange operation [“Weapons use in Syria airstrikes outpaces raids on Islamic State in Iraq,” Nation & World, Sept. 24]. We bomb, but there seems to be no attempt at stopping other countries in the Middle East from supplying funds or to stop them…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, middle east

September 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Risk of collateral damage too high

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, is to be commended for his wise, albeit lonely, vote against $500 million in funding for training rebels to fight the Islamic State [“The messy campaign against the Islamic State,” Opinion, Sept. 19]. I urge him to also vote against any authorization for war, and ask Sens. Murray…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, jim mcdermott

September 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Islamic State: Isolationism isn’t an option for the U.S.

The letter writer encouraging the U.S. to stay out of the Middle East conflict [“Other countries are smart to not become involved,” Northwest Voices, Sept. 18] claims that other countries such as Japan and China, which are neither militarily nor politically involved in the Middle East conflict, are instead busy “educating their youths.” I beg…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, isolationists

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