The Islamic State Of Iraq And The Levant

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In the horror novel, Supernatural Horror in Literature, the author, H.P. Lovecraft starts off by stating the following: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Choosing the topic of ISIS/ISIL, which are the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria / the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant, was an easy choice because in truth, I know very little about the terrorist groups within these Islamic States. I, along with seventy percent of Americans, fear the rise of the IS and would consider them the number one threat to American interests (Telhami). Through further studying this topic, I have been able to better understand how ISIS/ISIL was created, along with understanding International Law’s ambiguous confrontation of the issue regarding the use of force. The fact of the matter is that ISIS/ISIL is a real threat, but the debate lies within how to deal with said threat since it is on an international playing field. This threat has been at our doorsteps for years now and the United Nations Security Council has made several resolutions under different articles, leaving a somewhat ambiguous message to the international state actors on how to react to ISIS/ISIL. It is under my interpretation, however, that the United Nations Security Council finds legitimacy within the United States- lead coalition and that the use of force towards this terrorist organization is necessary for making the international community a
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