Seven years ago, four guards employed by the American private security company Blackwater (now known as Academi) were accused of shooting over 30 Iraqi civilians at a traffic circle in Baghdad. On October 22, they were found guilty of a majority of the charges.
The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham has beheaded several Western journalist hostages in the past few weeks, but while these deaths are horrible and all lives should be valued, it's vital that we don't pay ISIS in exchange for hostages.
ISIS is indisputably an international threat; its spread would destabilize the region and result in a great deal of death. Victory on their part would make them a prominent global threat. Unfortunately, the international community has not taken a great deal of steps to stop them.
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