Who is the bigger threat to American security: Russia or ISIS? | The Tylt
Who is the bigger threat to American security: Russia or ISIS?
At the Guardian, Mary Dejevsky says that ISIS—while terrifying—is losing both territory and members, and "the power of ISIS has been exaggerated in our Western minds."
"If there was collusion to secure Trump’s election, McCain would be right: rigging an election in the world’s most powerful democracy would indeed be a bigger danger than anything ISIS could pose."
Though ISIS has lost territory, the caliphate still controls around 23,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq. ISIS loudly proclaims its ultimate ambition—a global caliphate secured through a global war. The regime's brutality is legendary, and ISIS militants are infamous for beheadings, crucifixions, and other horrific methods of execution. ISIS is responsible for committing or inspiring deadly terrorist attacks around the world. It's no wonder many people find ISIS a bigger existential threat than Vladimir Putin.
ISIS attacks civilians, and the random and unpredictable nature of the attacks makes the caliphate all the more terrifying.
But Russia is a nuclear power, and is working to destabilize the West by interfering in our elections. It's not as headline-grabbing as beheadings, but it arguably is much more dangerous to more people.
The greatest threat to global security isn't North Korea or Iran or ISIS, it is Russia. And anyone that enables Putin isn't a patriot.