By: Amanda Avalos, Trever Larson, and Trevor Onstott

Who is ISIS?

The group began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq, before rebranding as ISIS two years later. It was an ally of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, both were radical anti-Western militant groups devoted to establishing an independent Islamic state in the region. ISIS has proven to be more brutal and more effective at controlling territory it has seized. ISIS continues to attack the U.S.

The power vacuum

A power vacuum is when a person or group steps down from power but there is no one present to take their place. This results in a group with no leader and no one in power. Because of this missing leader it makes it easier for anyone to take control of the group which is how ISIS was able to grow as large as they did and gain so much power.

What the people have to say

Martha Avalos:

When speaking to Martha about her opinions on ISIS, she stated that she beleives the U.S. needs t stay involved. According to her, if we have the chance to help people then we need to do so.

Maria Garcia:

Maria believes that the U.S. should back out from the fight with ISIS. She says that the situation has not gotten better and ISIS is continuing to terrorize the U.S.. Maria believes that if we can not stop ISIS then we should not attempt to until we know we can for sure.

Our Opinion

I believe in helping anyone in need. I think that the U.S. is a powerful country and should be helping anyone we can. My concern is that our efforts have not helped anyone. ISIS continues to grow in power. Not only are they threatening people in their own territory but also in the U.S.. People are continuing to die. I think we should be involved but not in the way we have been. We should stay isolated from the matter until we know for sure we can stop ISIS. If we continue to fight them we are just making things worse, we need to devise a plan that we know we will work. Until then we should mind our own business and only take precautions to keep our own people safe. Helping others is important but we can not do so if we do not have the resources to do so successfully.


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