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August 26, 2014

Aynslie Frederickson: Alarms should be sounded over ISIS

“He for whom this bell tolls ” John Donne’s Meditation XVII in the 1600s has been pondered for centuries, but we have not internalized his message: the necessity to respect the interconnected web of existence of which we are all a part. ISIS has emerged as a very real worldwide threat to the existence of those who do not embrace its radical philosophy. We need only reflect upon the years 1933 to 1945 to realize that we now face a situation similar to that of the Hitler era. ISIS is poised to take over Middle East countries as Hitler took over European countries: by force. It was not until Hitler invaded Poland, activating the Anglo-Polish military alliance, that he encountered opposition to his vision of Nazi dominance in Europe and Aryan supremacy. By then, the Third Reich had become so powerful that it took a war involving most of the world’s nations to bring an end to a regime that embraced genocide. We can learn from the past. ISIS must be neutralized. “... and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Alarms should be sounded over ISIS

“He for whom this bell tolls ” John Donne’s Meditation XVII in the 1600s has been pondered for centuries, but we have not internalized his message: the necessity to respect the interconnected web of existence of which we are all a part. ISIS has emerged as a very real worldwide threat to the existence of those who do not embrace its radical philosophy. We need only reflect upon the years 1933 to 1945 to realize that we now face a situation similar to that of the Hitler era. ISIS is poised to take over Middle East countries as Hitler took over European countries: by force. It was not until Hitler invaded Poland, activating the Anglo-Polish military alliance, that he encountered opposition to his vision of Nazi dominance in Europe and Aryan supremacy. By then, the Third Reich had become so powerful that it took a war involving most of the world’s nations to bring an end to a regime that embraced genocide. We can learn from the past. ISIS must be neutralized. “... and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Aynslie Frederickson, Modesto

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