Veterans react to murder of U.S. journalist by ISIS

By Kris Schuller |

Published 08/20 2014 09:08PM

Updated 08/20 2014 10:32PM

HOWARD, Wis. (WFRV) The chilling execution of U.S. journalist James Foley, was being discussed by many Wednesday, including veterans of Desert Storm.  To them the brutality of this crime is all too familiar. They say the U.S. needs to respond in a powerful manner.

When Gulf War veteran Dave Behrend heard of the beheading of James Foley by the Islamic militant group ISIS - it brought back memories of enemy tactics used long ago.

"They are saying if you come after us, and we have proven we can without putting boots on the ground with air strikes - so now they are going to go after the Westerner," said Behrend.

Fourteen years ago the commander of VFW Post 7534 in Howard, served in Iraq during Desert Storm, where militants also viciously killed, to try to stop U.S. intervention.

"They used the same tactic at the start of shock and awe and learned it didn't intimidate us," Behrend said.

This time the enemy is ISIS - the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria.

The group claimed responsibility for Foley's death for continued U.S. air strikes in Iraq - releasing a video of his execution as proof. 

 "The dirty rotten guys facing us aren't nothing but a bunch of rabid dogs," said retired Army Colonel Tim Lawrie.

 Lawrie created the framework for Operation Desert Storm. He calls ISIS the biggest threat to world peace in 30 years, and that this barbaric attack - will not be ignored by Washington.

 "I think we need to expand our response considerably," said Col. Lawrie. "The only thing these creatures believe is in force and they only understand when force is used against them."

 Force that this veteran says will again - send a clear message.

 "Fourteen years ago they tried to install that fear in us and we kept marching forward," Behrend said.

 Both vets say the U.S. should not - and will not - send in ground troops.  Rather expand airstrikes - to damage ISIS and its operations.

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