Radical Islam a formidable foe [Letter]

September 13, 2014

While ISIS is not invincible, even if temporarily defeated, it will morph into a new terror group similar to the off-shoots of al-Qaida ("ISIS is not invincible," Sept. 9). Unfortunately, radical Islam is not a one-time or one-nation occurrence, as evidenced by recent developments in the Middle East and Africa. Many nations are experiencing its terrorist actions, such as Nigeria, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, all of the Middle East, India and eastern Asia.

With the worldwide presence of radical Islam, we can only expect to contain it and not to defeat it entirely. However, since this will be a continuing phenomenon, the U.S. should refrain from calling on our enemies to join in the fight, namely Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and even our new found foes in Turkey and Qatar. It will be better in the long run to depend on our real friends in the region in our efforts to remove the ISIS threat.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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