During the first week after shocking Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 dead and scores of others wounded, police and other forces targeted hundreds of terrorism suspects. Police engaged in a raid and hourlong gunfight at a suburban Paris apartment that left three dead, including the Nov. 13 mastermind.
French jets bombed the ISIS stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, and the United Nations Security Council called on all nations to destroy all ISIS safe havens.
Do you believe the fight against terrorism has entered a new phase? If so, what role should the U.S. take?
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We must change our strategy and rebuild the military by requiring men and women ages 18-42 to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
The majority of countries in the world already require their citizens to serve in the military.
Congress should pass required military service, and the minimum period of service should be nine years.
Those who don’t serve in the military should have a civilian option, paid or unpaid.
Those who refuse either service would be prosecuted.
John Davis, Arlington
Why should we send our sons and daughters to Syria if the men are not willing to stand and fight for their country?
Let’s help them establish a safe zone and fight to take their country back.
And who should be let into our country? Only those wishing to become U.S. citizens, take the oath of allegiance to the United States, learn English and become taxpaying citizens of the best country in world history.
William E. Stonaker, Southlake
We are doing the right thing to treat terrorists who kill and injure people as murderers and criminals.
Terrorists who survive should be brought before a court of law and prosecuted for their crimes. We don’t need to start a war to deal with the Islamic State.
According to a statistic I read, there were more than 13,000 murders in the United States in 2010. How alarmed are we about that?
Roy H. Roberts, Irving
Here’s a thought.
What would happen if the Syrian refugees fought for their homeland?
In World War II, American men and boys — because many teens became soldiers — volunteered and fought for their country. Shouldn’t Syrians do the same?
Carol Graves, Fort Worth
It’s novel and refreshing to see other countries lead the charge and a concept we should promote.
As history will show, and starting with Vietnam, most of our military involvement over the past 50 years has ended in either failure or, at best, minimal benefit.
We carry the big stick but we don’t always have to use it, as sometimes a fire will eventually just burn itself out. It’s a long ballgame and we have a great bullpen. Just don’t overuse it.
Patrick Jenkins, Arlington
Yes, the fight has entered a new phase. The U.S. need not do much more than what we are doing now.
We’ve lost many American lives and many wounded trying to help, as well as spending billions of dollars. We’re even spending millions now to help while being trillions of dollars in debt.
We need help not just from NATO and European countries, but from Middle Eastern countries.
Since the beginning of history, the three main causes of war have been religion, ethnicity and territory. And all three of these factors exist in many Middle Eastern countries, along with ISIS.
How do we help these countries, let alone solve their ancient problems? Extremely difficult!
If these countries can’t solve or ease their own internal problems, there’s not much light at the end of the tunnel. We need to extremely scrutinize our future involvement!
George J. Anthony, Fort Worth
Apologies for being angry at the French when they didn’t jump on the Iraq War bandwagon, the war that likely spawned the terror group now giving them hell.
They were right. We were wrong.
Apologies also for my failure to speak up loudly against the war at the outset.
I didn’t want to offend the majority surrounding me, some glorifying the war as patriotic, some even saying it was a great chance to evangelize Iraq.
And what could possibly go wrong when our president then said it was not another Vietnam?
So true. Much worse, including the Islamic State’s birth in one of our Iraq prison camps.
What now? Nations, forget your differences long enough to wipe out the Islamic State.
Then, let’s get the U.S. out of the nation-building business by not electing anyone who wants more wars.
Jack Bowen, Fort Worth
How should the U.S. respond to ISIS? We are not the world’s policeman and do not have a dog in Syria’s civil war.
The ISIS conflict is better fought by Muslim nations (i.e., the Arab League). Our Christian crusaders don’t have a place in it. The U.S. should provide air support only. No “boots on the ground.”
President Obama is correct in being slow to send our patriots into that meat grinder.
Conservatives are frustrated that we are not rushing to be in that Syrian war. Like George W. Bush’s unjustified (no al Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction) Iraq invasion, we don’t need to sacrifice our patriots and borrow another trillion dollars to be there.
Steve Hadley, Benbrook
It’s past time to uphold President Obama’s red line that he can’t bring himself to defend.
The U.S. should be instrumental in creating multiple safe zones in Syria and Iraq around ISIS’s main source of funding, the oil fields.
We should do this, not just for the refugees, but also for those who actually want to take their countries back.
It might take the full force of our military, and that of our allies, to sustain the first one but it would get slowly easier.
And, if we can resist our own oil greed, it would also send a message to ISIS, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab world that we have had enough and we’re not going to take it anymore.
We need to be back in the business of being the shining city on the hill.
Ralph M. Gill, New Braunfels
Irony appears to be in no short supply.
After 9-11, the Republican neocons constructed an undeserved war on Iraq. France wisely doesn’t participate.
America is outraged at France. (Remember “freedom fries”?)
The evil (but secular) dictator of Iraq is deposed. The power vacuum left by the Saddam Hussein ouster produced the chaos that spawned ISIS.
ISIS attacks France in lieu of the United States.
It looks to me like France took one on the chin meant for us.
Viva la France. Let’s go get them together.
David M. Sanderford, Granbury
ISIS and al Qaeda must be eradicated, not just contained.
Muslims who appear to be mainly young, healthy men, not widows and orphans, as President Obama says, are infiltrating countries, including America.
We must join a multinational coalition to eradicate this evil. We also need to stop importing these peopleinto America.
Walter H. Delashmit, Justin