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Middle Eastern Unrest Threatens The World

by Caleb Burkhart

The crisis going on in the Middle East has already begun to spill over into our own country. Growing tensions never seem to go away; from the Gulf War, Palestine, and the feared ISIS, turmoil seems to be a way of life. Innocent lives are taken either for power or because of their religion.

America has thought about getting involved more recently, but the last thing we want to happen is another invasion of the Middle East. To help the innocent but also not get caught up with other world problems is nearly impossible. President Obama stated, “I think, the goal of any good foreign policy is having a vision and aspirations and ideals, but also recognizing the world as it is, where it is, and figuring out how do you tack to the point where things are better than they were before.”   

But with recent news of Syria, Palestine, and Iraq, nothing seems to be getting better, in fact it is starting to get worse. Keeping out could possibly bear costs on our homeland.

Growing amounts of people in America have been secretly flying overseas to join radical groups such as ISIS. National Intelligence Director James Clapper stated that “180 Americans have tried to go to fight in Syria. It’s unclear how many of those were attempting to join ISIS.” ISIS’s main tactic of getting people to join their horrific cause is the use of social media. Countless Twitter and Facebook accounts have been linked to people either in radical groups or working with them. According to CNN Money, hacking group Anonymous has targeted 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages, and over 50 email addresses.

The question of  “what should we do,” is always thrown out into the open. Some people have taken their own action and have gone over to the Middle East to fight people within these radical groups. According to, a 52 year old Boston native, given the name Grim to protect his real identity, left his wife and kids after hearing about the atrocities done by ISIS. “I have two kids and a beautiful woman at home,” he said. “She knows I’m here and she’s not happy about it, but she understands,” says Grim.

In the near future, we might see these groups rising to power in the Middle East and growing far more powerful than what we are hoping. This is the biggest threat to our national security, and that has already been shown, most recently during the tragic terror attacks in Paris and California. With our own American citizens joining these terrorist groups, we may not know what else is lying in our country. The time to act to help slow down the radical groups needs to be sooner than later.

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1 Comment on Middle Eastern Unrest Threatens The World

  1. Robert A. Stoner // December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm // Reply

    Well done Caleb! Great organization of thought…Proud of ya!


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