Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hartzler: The threat of ICIL
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), who recently returned from a House Armed Services Committee trip to the Middle East, is urging citizens to be aware of the threat to our way of life posed by Islamic State terrorists. Hartzler delivered a presentation titled “ISIL: The Threat of Our Time” to an overflow crowd of citizens at a public forum in Harrisonville.
“During my recent visit to the Middle East, I gained a great amount of insight on how to address the terrorist threats that are jeopardizing security in the region and, ultimately, here in our homeland,” said Hartzler. “The Islamic State’s empasis for the moment is on creating a caliphate in the Middle East, but they also threaten our homeland because these terrorists hate the United States.”
“It is important for the American people to understand just how committed and brutal these individuals can be,” Hartzler told the audience. “These terrorists are going door to door in some areas, torturing and killing their opponents who don’t embrace a radical form of Islam.”
“Meeting this threat will be no easy task,” Hartzler added. “America needs a comprehensive strategy with a broad coalition, focusing on economic, political, and military solutions to this crisis. I voted for the initial plan to train and equip moderate Syrian forces, but have concerns, as do many Americans, about the viability of the plan and will be monitoring closely its implementation as we move forward. President Obama needs to lead this effort and show a commitment of will to see this through in order to be successful. We will see if that happens, but in the meantime, I fully stand behind our brave men and women in uniform who will be risking it all to stop the spread of this evil and to protect our way of life in America.”