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“Here they defended themselves to the last, those who still had swords using them, and the others resisting with their hands and teeth,” wrote Greek Historian Herodotus of the Spartan defeat at Thermopylae.

It’s hard not to draw a comparison between the Battle of Thermopylae where Xerxes I of Persia led an army of 70,000 soldiers into Europe to defeat Greece, fulfilling the idea of “one world ruled by one master,” to ISIS/ISIL’s plans to sweep into Europe with the same idea. However, Xerxes was held off for three days by 300 Spartans, who blocked their passage through ‘The Hot Gates,’ allowing Greek troops begin fortifying the Isthmus of Corinth.

Nearly 2,500 years later, history could be on the edge of repeating itself.

“With 300 Marines, you could probably take over Iraq if you wanted to get rid of ISIS completely,” Former Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell said. “Make no mistake about it, Marines are war fighters. I mean they are really good at what they do.”

“The only time they are not good at what they do is when someone puts the shackles on them,” he added.

He was on ‘Fox News’ Fox & Friends’ where he talked about ISIS/ISIL’s growing control of the Middle East and the imminent terrorist attack on al Asad Air Base. His remarks follow news that the terror group may soon take control of the entire Anbar Province in Iraq, where al Asad’s located.

ISIS/ISIL fighters recently attacked the base with suicide-bombers but Iraqi soldiers killed the attackers before they reached the American stronghold. The base is about five miles from terrorist-controlled al-Baghdadi and home to 300 Marines.

They also beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on the shores of Tripoli, pledging to bring the fight to Europe, citing that their presence in Libya will allow them to cross the Mediterranean Sea to places like Italy. The threat has led Italy to call for NATO intervention.

Luttrell’s plan: “Jerk the chains off those guys (the Marines) and let them go to work.”

Given that Obama and his administration refuse to call ISIS/ISIL ‘Radical Islam’ or ‘Islamic extremism,’ it is a sure bet they won’t listen to his advice. Meanwhile, Obama’s State Department says we need to “find jobs” for ISIS/ISIL members.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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