Roby Comments on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today commented on the growing threat posed by the barbaric terrorist group identifying itself as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Rep. Roby, who has been traveling the 2nd Congressional District visiting with constituents over the last three weeks, said there is a growing concern about this new terrorist threat and the American response.

“I am deeply concerned about the growing threat posed by ISIS, and so are my constituents. I have reviewed footage and photographs of innocent men, women, and children being crucified and beheaded, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

“When the tactics ISIS uses are so brutal that al Qaeda denounces them, we are talking about a next-level terrorist ideology. Even worse, this group is well-funded, well-organized and has demonstrated military-style skills and discipline.

“I agree with General Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said, ‘This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.’

“We must prepare to take decisive military action to combat the threat ISIS poses. I look to our battle-tested military leaders to craft a strategically-wise course of action and to President Obama to command accordingly. Certainly, limited air strikes in Iraq have slowed ISIS's progress. However, it is clear more will be required to end this threat.

“This situation also emphasizes the need to secure our borders. I have long warned of the terrorism risk that exists with a porous border. Reports that these terrorists could have access to Western passports show how real that risk is.

“As always, the United States must learn from the past. Appeasing groups that seek a cultural, religious or ethnic ‘cleansing’ only emboldens them. ISIS is killing anyone who does not conform to its bastardized, barbaric form of Islam, and they will not stop unless they are ended.

“As we address this threat, let us not forget to learn important lessons regarding our foreign policy and military readiness. In the absence of positive leadership, the meanest bully on the block will seize control, and that is what is happening now in the Middle East and beyond. At the same time, the hollowing of our military forces has left us in a depleted state of military readiness. I believe the confluence of our misguided foreign policy and compromised military readiness has contributed to this problem festering and growing to the point that we are now threatened.

“American must lead in the world, ensuring peace through strength.”