No commitment to good is today’s biggest problem

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As I read about quacks and beheadings, an arrogant “I am the greatest” 19-year-old tells me that there’s still hope for me as he serves coffee.

The coverage of the California quack fades out to be replaced by coverage of the American beheading by terrorists. It’s proper that the media’s coverage of tragic twists of nature reveals the world’s new greatest treat, ISIS, and their plans to export terrorism to North America and Europe.

CNN’s coverage of the Pentagon’s press conference showed the briefing admiral dismissing the question on ISIS with a “We have been watching developments from the beginning.” Questions about why ISIS’ coming out of nowhere with a blitzkrieg through Syria and Iraq caught everyone, including the administration, off guard are dismissed, like the admiral was a high school quarterback avoiding a loss.

ISIS is a threat to the world and Obama really let the U.S. be caught with its pants down. He dismissed helping the originators of the Syrian revolt as a bunch of professionals — what can they do? Well, the American Revolution was also started by a bunch of professionals.

We were warned from the beginning about the Syrian revolt that without help from the U.S. and world power a void would open that would be filled by radicals. We, with the world, were warned what would happen without western help. And now to see captured American-supplied Iraqi equipment being used by these murderous, crazed radical Islamists is appalling.

God, what would our defenders of the free world say? Those that saved us from wearing swastikas would have acted on Syria as with many incidents we did nothing about. Bodies are still not recovered from the downed Malaysian airliner. If the greatest generation was in charge, they would immediately have sent in troops to squire the crash site.

Our culture has developed this noncommittal attitude that the greatest generation would not have tolerated in us or our children. No commitment is the real problem today.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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