Chris Matthews Argues that America Must Get Involved in the Fight Against ISIS

Chris Matthews spoke surprisingly eloquently on his Monday episode of Hardball when he argued that our nation must respond more aggressively against the evil that is ISIS.

It’s not often that I agree with Matthews (in fact I deeply disagreed with several other portions of Monday’s episode of Hardball), but his comments in his Let Me Finish segment have my wholehearted support.

ISIS is “morally humiliating” us, and thus far we have sat by and twiddled our collective thumbs. Can we continue to do so and pretend that we have any authority in this world today? The murder of thousands upon thousands of innocent people should be shaming us into action, yet still our government does nothing but offer lip service to those killed. I’m not saying the answers will be easy to find, but inaction on this issue should not be an option.



Let me finish tonight with the news. Like many of you, I live in conflict over this horror for the Mideast. These 21 beheadings of Coptic Christians is an ancient horror that’s been carried out before our eyes purposely so. Why else is the indecency so well video taped? So well produced to hit every screen in our state of the art possession. They’re using people other there, the death of people, to demonstrate their devotion, their ruthlessness, their power.

They’re killing people in the most disrespectful way so they can be seen doing it by the people they want to recruit. By the people they want to kill.

They want to stir up recruitment by showing their willingness to go all of the way to stir up anger by doing what the hell they decide to do to the people they are committed to destroy: other religions, other countries, other Muslims.

What can we do? Can we do nothing? Can we just look at the pictures, ask what’s for supper? What’s on TV tonight? What’s the weather like tomorrow morning and go on with our lives warding off the knowledge that these people are being killed in demonstration against us. How about this: can we content ourselves by doing something that we know right now will not be enough to stop this horror. I know, we all know we need a plan. We need a root that takes us to destroyed ISIS because the alternative is too sick, too un-American, too un-human. 

We can’t see people killed like this in our face and simply flip to the sports page or the financial news or what’s at the movies or who’s going to win the Oscars and act like America, our country, is not being morally humiliated, because it is, with the lives of at least some of these people, who must, in their last minutes, have to be wondering if there’s any chance the people in the United States could be coming to their rescue because that’s how we were rightly taught that we conduct ourselves. We don’t leave people behind.

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