- The Washington Times - Friday, August 22, 2014

A retired U.S. Marine penned a letter to the Islamic State terrorist group warning them about the consequences of threatening the United States.

“You attack us and there will be no mercy. We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you,” wrote Nick Powers, who was a Marine for four years and served in Iraq.

“You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace?” he wrote in the letter, titled “A Subtle Message to ISIS.”

Mr. Powers posted his letter to a blog connected to the Warfighter Foundation, a nonprofit started by a group of Marines in 2013 to help veterans of combat.

He appeared on Fox News Friday morning to discuss why he wanted to speak up.

“It really tore my heart to pieces,” he said. “There are people just being brutally slaughtered by the thousands and nothing’s being done.”

In his letter, Mr. Powers said he found the Islamic State’s threats to take over America completely laughable.

“In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States,” he wrote. “There are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence.”

He also reminded ISIS fighters about the results of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“What did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice,” Mr. Powers wrote. “The ball is in your court now ISIS.”

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