Princeton University Professor and world-renowned intellectual Dr. Robert P. George authored a petition calling upon President Obama and Congress to not stop, not contain, but destroy the Islamic State terror group. Dr. George has been called by The New York Times the most influential conservative Christian thinker in the United States.
The petition is available on IraqRescue.org and features the signatures of prominent intellectuals, academics, and subject matter experts – individuals such as Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Liberty Commission, and Benjamin Carson, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. The petition is a bipartisan document that features signatures from individuals with various political affiliations.
Dr. George recently said in the first part of a two-part exclusive interview with Breitbart News:
It is now clear that the Islamic State is serious about its intention to form a caliphate in the Middle East. IS has made clear in the most practical and vivid way that it will use any means necessary to do that. It will murder people; it will rape women; it will torture people; it will bury people alive; it will cut off people’s heads; it will commit genocide against communities standing in its way – Christian, Yazidi, Shia Muslim – even those elements in the Sunni community in Iraq that do not go along with the ideology of IS.
The best thing we can do to dampen the appeal of IS is to defeat them. Just as success enhances the appeal, defeat diminishes the appeal. We have to make it clear that this movement is not one that is ordained by history or God, and it will be defeated. The Islamic State’s ideology is, like Nazism and Communism, a form of totalitarianism that is destined for the dustbin of history. We must defeat them on the battlefield with the force of arms.
The petition concludes that no measure will suffice short of the Islamic State’s destruction:
We call upon the United States and the international community to do everything necessary to empower local forces fighting ISIS/ISIL in Iraq to protect their people. No options that are consistent with the principles of just war doctrine should be off the table. We further believe that the United States’ goal must be more comprehensive than simply clamping a short-term lid on the boiling violence that is threatening so many innocents in ISIS/ISIL’s path. Nothing short of the destruction of ISIS/ISIL as a fighting force will provide long-term protection of victims.