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Don't give ISIS legitimacy of a state

The Virginia Gazette

Whether it calls itself ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), it is not a State. World political leaders, security experts and the press should not be referring to the entity as either ISIS or ISIL or use the word "State". Referring to them as a "State" legitimizes their own perceived status. They are a criminal organization of murderers, kidnappers, rapists, slave traders and drug traffickers and violators of basic human rights. They have stolen one of the world's great religions to justify their criminal activity (God and religion being used as the ultimate rationalization is a topic for another day). They simply need to be referred to and treated as the criminal activity they are.

James H. Schaeffer

James City County

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