Opinion: We Need To Hit ISIS With Everything We Have, Starting With TOW® And Javelin Missiles

The following is an op-ed article written by James Mason, a spokesman for the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security, and civil markets throughout the world.

You have no doubt seen the horrific videos members of ISIS, or so-called “Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria have posted. They are a demon’s resume of crimes against men, women and children. I’ll forego going into detail as much of their litany of horrors has been shared extensively in other venues.

The question we must face is, are we going to sit back and allow these crimes to go unpunished? Are we going to help secure a better future for the people of Iraq and Syria? Are we going to pave a way to a better world by hitting the enemy — and only the enemy — with Raytheon-built, precision munitions? For the obvious benefit of mankind, of course.

Our TVs show a nightly procession of ISIS terrorists utilizing American-made vehicles and weapons to oppress the good people of Syria and Iraq. Given the state of repair on some vehicles, their new, neglectful owners seem determined to park these vehicles in a tow zone. That’s exactly what they’ll get when they meet the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW® weapon system, with the multimission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles. TOW® is the premier long-range, heavy assault, precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today.

The ISIS propagandists, in their magazine, “Dabiq,” make mention of goods acquired “under the shadow of the spear,” a reference to the Koran and a cute euphemism for looted items stolen from enemy soldiers. They won’t think it’s so cute when they find themselves under the shadow of the Javelin, the world's most versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system. Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world. It is currently fielded with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, but it has also been approved for foreign military sales to 12 nations.

The snakes in ISIS should come to fear the retribution that will come from the United States military and her allies. You will recall seeing that they captured an airfield in eastern Syria recently, along with numerous intact aircraft. If they happen to get one of these Russki rust buckets in the air, they’ll find themselves face-to-face with a snake of our own, the AIM-9 Sidewinder. It is the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air missile in the world. Sidewinder is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-4 fighters, A-4, A-6 and AV-8B attack aircraft, and the AH-1 helicopter. Allied aircraft configured for Sidewinders include the Tornado, the JA-37 Viggen and the Sea Harrier.

It is imperative that Congress authorize our president to act in whatever manner he sees fit to execute this war against ISIS, using whatever means and weapons designed, built and tested in the good old US of A by us, the good folks at Raytheon.

Won’t somebody think of the children?