Ding dong the “religious scholar” is dead

Written By Logan Dubil, For The Globe

What do the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, the burying alive of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, and the 2015 suicide bombings of Beirut all have in common? These acts of brutality and savagery were all perpetrated by the same group: ISIS. To make things even more concerning, these tragic incidents were three of many to take place under the rule of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Since 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has directed the Islamic State, dragging country after country into negative, damaging situations, including the United States. We as a country have dealt with terrorism for an extensive amount of time. Finally, it was time to put ISIS’ wrongdoings to an end and save the American people. On Oct. 27, President Donald J. Trump announced that an American raid in Syria resulted in the death of this horrible human being – or as the Washington Post referred to him as, a “religious scholar.”

Since the day he became President, Trump has taken a firm stance against this well-known terrorist group. His administration has accomplished task after task to eradicate ISIS, protecting the lives of countless people from multiple countries. Like I said before, ISIS has recorded attacks across the globe; the United States is not the only country to be affected by these acts of violence. Trump’s efforts on removing ISIS from power has not gone unnoticed over these past few years, and the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sets a major milestone on his progress.

Just a few days after the big news was released, the video of the raid was published for the public to see, along with in-depth details. After being chased down a tunnel by American military dogs, the terrorist could not fight it any longer, detonating his suicide vest, taking multiple children with him, according to President Trump. Not only does this make me proud to be an American because his death was due to an American troop, but because it was an American military dog that finished the deed. The President’s Instagram account was soon greeted by a picture of this canine hero, allowing Conan to receive the necessary praise and recognition.

Looking further into this recent account, it has a lot more to show about American politics than one would think. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death not only makes the U.S. military look good, but emphasizes the hypocrisy in the Democratic Party. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi expressed her disapproval of the raid right off the bat. According to her and her party, they were not informed about the planned interaction beforehand. She released a statement online the same day President Trump made his announcement, stressing her objection of being out of the loop. Wait a minute? Out of the loop? This sounds familiar! Oh wait, that’s right! Nancy, you are doing the same thing as we speak. The impeachment inquiry regarding Donald Trump has been conducted in the basement of Capitol Hill, with no access to media and an entire party – the Republican party. That right there is what one would call…being a hypocrite. I am not trying to make Baghdadi’s death about my support of the President, don’t worry, but this connection could not have gone unmentioned.

At the end of the day, Trump and his administration have done an admirable thing, whether Pelosi was notified about it or not. With its leader of ten years deceased, ISIS is slowly but surely coming to an end. It will be interesting to witness Trump’s next move in the fight against worldwide terrorism.

Update: An earlier version of this article stated that the term “religious scholar” appeared in the New York Post. The publication that used those words was the Washington Post.