The barbaric murder of a captured Jordanian air force pilot by ISIS has shocked a global public that is otherwise becoming numb to such atrocities. And sadly, the horrific burning alive of Muath al-Kasasbeh is just one more grim piece of evidence that our world is getting vastly more dangerous every day.
The head of America‘s military intelligence organization alluded to as much in testimony to Congress this week. He warned that ISIS is spreading beyond Iraq and Syria, and is becoming increasingly influential in Libya; that Russia is adding new missiles to its nuclear forces; and that America’s technological edge is threatened by Chinese cybertheft, among other dangers.
Meanwhile, as a new Russian-backed offensive in eastern Ukraine gains territory, the U.S. general in charge of NATO is pushing for Washington to give arms to Kiev, in the hopes of stopping the Moscow-backed insurgents. This comes mere weeks after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket massacres in Paris, proving yet again that we all face a deadly threat at home.