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Kerry: ISIS poses ‘threat to the entire world’

Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in an op-ed Friday that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses “a profound and unique threat to the entire world.”

U.S. officials have said that there is no evidence that ISIS is actively plotting against the United States, but Kerry raised the issue of risks further down the road from fighters with Western passports.

{mosads}”These foreigners, including many from the United States, pose an immediate danger on the battlefield and a longer-term threat if they are allowed to return to their home countries,” Kerry wrote in The Boston Globe.

But Kerry said the U.S.-led coalition against the group would prove resilient to its ideology.

“With American leadership, the world is responding with a unity that shows these criminals that we will not allow them to divide us or force their nihilistic vision on helpless people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or nationality,” he wrote.

Kerry acknowledged the war-weariness of the U.S. public. In December, a Pew poll found a record high of 52 percent of the public agreed that the U.S. should “mind its own business internationally.”

Polls have shown support for strikes against ISIS, though: 71 percent in a Washington Post/ABC poll this month. 

“I understand why Americans are weary about US involvement in the volatile Middle East,” Kerry wrote. “People are right to ask tough questions, and we have a responsibility to answer them.”

Kerry also drew a comparison to the Vietnam War. 

“I volunteered to serve and fought in a war I came to believe was a mistake,” he wrote. “I take that lesson seriously. This will not be another one of those interventions.”  

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