Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday all U.S. citizens who join Islamist militant organizations in the Middle East should be defined as enemy combatants and subject to capture or death.
Graham said he is preparing a letter asking President Obama if he agrees with that categorization of U.S. citizens who join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“All of these American citizens who are going to jihad for ISIS or any other organization should be considered as enemy combatants under the American law of war, subject to being killed or captured,” he said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
At least 140 U.S. fighters have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight, according to intelligence officials cited in an NPR report Wednesday. One U.S. fighter linked with ISIS was confirmed dead over the weekend, with reports of a second.
“I don’t know if it’s 140. One is too many,” Graham said. “But if this war continues and ISIS continues to win and is seen as a conquering jihadist hero in the eyes of these disturbed people throughout the world, there’s going to be 1,400.”
URR and I tend to disagree on the approach to be taken when a US citizen fights for ISIS or other extremist organizations.
He posits that targeting them is an extrajudicial killing by the state.
I argue that they are legitimate military targets not protected by the need for due process.
One way or another, in this age of non-state actors gaining greater and greater influence, we as a nation will have to address this issue.
What are your thoughts?