- - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The latest in a string of attacks against Christians and innocent civilians, two self-proclaimed ISIS soldiers slit the throat of Rev. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year old French priest.

Rev. Hamel devoted his life to God and the town of Normandy, leading mass, baptizing infants and tending to the needs of his parishioners for decades.

His senseless and tragic death sent a wave of shock throughout Christian communities worldwide and served as a dreadful reminder for all that ISIS is far from on the run.

Orlando, Istanbul, Baghdad, Nice, Normandy. Hundreds of innocent men, women and children have been murdered in attacks carried out in the name of ISIS this summer alone.

Yet, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama continue to claim ISIS is “on the run.”

Really?

ISIS may be losing land, but it is now clearer than ever before that they are not losing strength and are certainly not “on the run.”

In fact, senior intelligence officials have confirmed that focusing attacks in Western countries has been a part of ISIS’s plan all along.

When CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Mr. Kerry earlier this month with questions about recent ISIS attacks, Mr. Kerry responded visibly annoyed.

“We have seen a series of ISIS-inspired attacks; 49 killed in Orlando; 45 killed in Istanbul; more than 200 killed in Baghdad; 83 killed in Nice. This is just the last five weeks, I don’t think ISIS is on the run,” Mr. Tapper stated.

Mr. Kerry replied, “Well, Jake – look, Jake. Well, Jake, it depends on where you mean ISIS. I don’t know if this guy was actually ISIS and nor do you.”

What does being “actually ISIS” even mean?

Does it matter to the families of those lost, Mr. Kerry, if the guy was “actually ISIS” or inspired by and acting in the name of ISIS?

We cannot listen to this nonsense any longer.

Wake up, America.

ISIS is not on the run and each and every one of us is in danger.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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