A number of professors, some well known, have signed on to a letter calling for the United States to increase its military and humanitarian assistance in Iraq.

Titled "A Plea on Behalf of Victims of ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq," posted at the website, the letter (in part) states:

Therefore we call upon the United States and the international community to do everything necessary to empower local forces fighting ISIS/ISIL in Iraq to protect their people. No options that are consistent with the principles of just war doctrine should be off the table.  We further believe that the United States’ goal must be more comprehensive than simply clamping a short-term lid on the boiling violence that is threatening so many innocents in ISIS/ISIL’s path.  Nothing short of the destruction of ISIS/ISIL as a fighting force will provide long-term protection of victims.



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