ISIS tests America’s wellbeing


Tyler White

Jihadi John is at it again.

Alyssa Slattery, news editor

Acts of terrorism recently have caused worldwide anger and fear of the radical Islamic group known as ISIS.  Located in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is a self-proclaimed state and has committed beheadings, abductions and mass killings of ethnic and religious minorities.

According to BBC News, ISIS wants to create a state controlled by one religious or political leader. Up to 31,000 fighters are thought to be involved, from 81 different countries around the world. These recent threats have caused President Obama to build up military power against the state.

“I admire the president for basically going against congress because they are not going to get anything done,” sophomore Dylan Curtis said. “If they had different opinions on what should be done I would agree with them because that’s what is legal. But it’s really a choice between doing something or not, so we should listen to the president.”

Even though some think that we should defend our country against this terrifying threat, others have an alternate view that includes the effects of the war.

“The call for Obama to actually gain military power seems redundant mostly because we had the same problem with Al Qaeda,” sophomore Quintin Johnston said. “I don’t think that it’s going to do anything and turn out to be a stalemate.”

American troops are being sent to the Middle East to fight against ISIS, hoping to protect the U.S. citizens and the 8 million people living under partial or full ISIS control.

“This affects the U.S. because we have to send troops overseas and that’s not something that we want,” Johnston said. “But a positive benefit is we could lessen the impact that ISIS has on the Middle East currently in Iraq and Syria.”

Through Instagram and Twitter, they have created domestic terrorism outside of ISIS in countries such as the U.S., France and Africa.

“The best thing that high school students have is the ability to access knowledge and their own opinions about it,” Johnston said. “I don’t think we will be directly affected except that we may be pushed into another war, but it does enhance our realm of vision around the globe so that we can look at different perspectives.”

Education on this topic remains important to Americans so that unnecessary prejudices against a certain race don’t arise.

“A lot of their crimes are committed out of racism against Christians, for example, and that leads to Christians in America often hating people from the middle east,” Curtis said.

ISIS has created fear and discomfort worldwide, and even students at CHS have been indirectly affected by them.

“My biggest worry is the terror that comes from them,” Johnston said. “If everyone gets scared and doesn’t act then there is going to be like a global take over.”