Dear Next President,
Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. These kinds of acts have become more and more frequent. They have endangered the lives of many of our fellow American citizens. Bombings, shootings, and many other ways of inflicting death and harm is what ISIS does, they need to stop. Not only in our country, but in many other countries around the world, terrorism is becoming a growing problem. So I ask you, Mr. or Mrs. President, when you step into your Oval office, make terrorism one of your top priorities.
Acts of terrorism occur all around the world--Belgium, France, Florida. These places are only a taste of who has been affected by these cruel acts. What I find most irritating, is that most of these attacks have been committed by just one group, ISIS. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is what ISIS stands for. Originating out of Syria and Iraq, these Islamic extremists have killed more than 1,200 people. According to an article from Newsela titled , “A gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others. The killer had stated his loyalty to ISIS before the attack.” This lone gunman killed 49 people by himself. Imagine what could happen if a whole army of ISIS followers were to attack a city in our country. The result could be hundreds or thousands dead in one night. ISIS is an organization that needs to be confronted with full force.
In another terrorist attack in France, a ISIS follower was in a truck and drove it down a road that was filled with people. The French people were celebrating a national holiday called Bastille Day. People were in the road celebrating when the truck driver came zooming down the street for about a mile running people over. According to another Newsela article titled 84 killed in French terror attack during national holiday celebrations, “84 people were killed while 202 others were injured.” This too was the act of just one person. This is another example of why we need to confront ISIS with power.
In conclusion, ISIS is a religious extremist group that thinks it is alright to murder innocent people. In just two attacks, they have killed 133 people. They need to be taught that their actions are not okay, and they need to be punished for what they have done. I am a teenager that is not pleased by what our country has been doing to stop these actions. If our country was to state that we were going to take the fight to ISIS, we would be able to get other countries to help us. ISIS is a threat to the whole world, and we need to attack them with a full force strike.
Jonathan T., Pennsylvania