By Robert Mann
Hear that? It’s the sound of beating drums. They’re war drums, to be precise. Our political percussion section loves to play these familiar tunes. It practices its bellicose beats at every opportunity.
It’s remarkable how eager we are to dance to those ancient rhythms. Want to persuade Americans to support another war? Easy. Show videos of brutality against Americans by a violent group nobody knew about six months ago and scream that they’ll soon attack us on American soil. In short order, we will whip ourselves into a mad frenzy and march off to another war.
The latest existential threat is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS. The ruthless group not only killed American journalist James Foley, it controls large swaths of Middle East territory. Now, a growing chorus of hawks believes we must bomb them.
Perhaps we can destroy them from the air. If not, however, we might find ourselves inextricably drawn into another ground war.After more than a decade of hopeless, tragic fighting in that region, are we seriously thinking of rushing back in? Have we lost our collective minds?
Among those using the ISIS threat to goad us into another war is Gov. Bobby Jindal, who questioned President Barack Obama’s mettle in an op-ed on the Fox News website. “The murderous fools who cut the heads off of Americans must be destroyed, and sent to their reward, such as it is, in the next life,” Jindal wrote.
It’s not only Jindal.
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