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Letter: Don’t clear a path for war

The brutal murders, child recruitment, sexual enslavement of women and girls and other violence perpetrated by the Islamic State are sickening, and I believe the U.S. must respond. However, we must not act in ways that fuel more violence.

President Barack Obama recently sent a proposal to Congress that would authorize his expanding war against the Islamic State. Another broad authorization for war without geographical boundaries that leaves the door open for waging war against nearly anyone is a bad idea.

War is not the answer. When will we choose to have the courage to approach this ongoing conflict in a different manner? I encourage Rep. Scott Tipton to reject this authorization and focus on peaceful solutions to address the root causes of extremism.

Kallie Carpenter


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