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Stand up to IS or be ruled by terrorists

Phlip Rodrigues  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT When war is declared, the battle lines become clear: the combatants can clearly be seen facing each other with belligerence and murderous rage. The side with overwhelming military preponderance can claim victory, while the vanquished can only lick their wounds and mourn their defeat.

But those were wars of the past. Today, the enemies do not mass on the battlefields. Neither do they possess superior military hardware. Their firepower comes from their religion and from their missionary zeal. Their single-minded goal is to convert the world to their faith. They call themselves the Islamic State.

The rise of the Islamic State represents a grave danger to world peace because these supposedly soldiers of God are hell-bent on destroying everything in their path: democracy, liberty, equality, fraternity, brotherhood, tolerance. Every thing Western and Christian is fair game for annihilation...

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