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GUEST COLUMN: Time for U.S. to make a move

June 9, 2017 Updated: June 9, 2017 at 7:46 am
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By Robert Blaha

Guest opinion

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EDITOR'S NOTE: An original version of this column ran in March 2016. This updated version is published in response to recent terror attacks in England.

It's time to declare war.

I'm tired of hearing that "we're in a war on terror," "we are at war," "we are at war with radical Islamist ideas," etc.

San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and more have proved a simple fact: The Islamic State group will never leave America or its allies alone.

No amount of "standing together in solidarity," "reaffirming our values" or nauseating platitudes from Hillary Clinton will keep us safe. Neither is a silly Twitter hashtag, or changing your Facebook profile picture, proclaiming that somehow you are now Charlie Hebdo and somehow going to stop this barbarism.

There's one thing to be done: Congress should immediately consider a declaration of war and authorization for use of military force under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution on IS. The message should be simple: Wherever IS is, we're going there, and we're going to kill them.

Following approval, a coalition of the willing should be created, targeting IS in every country that believes in protecting its citizenry. I'm not talking about an occupation, I'm talking about surgical strikes. Go there, do the job and get out.

The history of the West is one of ignoring evil until we are forced by some horrific trauma to stand up and stop it. Winston Churchill said that World War II should've been called "The Unnecessary War" because it never would have happened had the Allies taken Adolf Hitler on sooner.

America always waits until something truly horrible happens (like a Pearl Harbor) before we wake up and face evil. Are we really going to wait for a bomb to go off at an athletic venue, a church, or a mall before we act to stop IS? We've already seen attacks at the Boston Marathon and in an office in San Bernardino, Calif. What more is it going to take? Losing a stadium? An entire city?

America destroyed fascism and saved the world in the 1940s. We're the ones who stopped communism from sweeping the planet in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The story of the 20th century is one of America stopping tyranny.

So who better to do so one more time than America, the citadel of freedom for all mankind?

The far left will whine that this is an overreaction. They will attempt to cast any movement to stop IS as a religious war. It is not. This is a war on radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill and enslave us.

If we do not move soon, tens of thousands of American and European sons and daughters will continue to die in senseless acts of butchery by barbarians who understand nothing but force.

The time is now. Let's go kill these people.

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Robert Blaha is a Colorado Springs businessman.

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