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September 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Response to Islamic State: Rely on humanitarian solutions instead

President Obama spoke this week of what he believes to be a viable strategy to eliminate the Islamic State, but for me his speech raised more questions than solutions. I remain skeptical and concerned about our rush back to war in Iraq [“President Obama is the man with a plan for Islamic State,” Opinion, Sept. 11].

We have seen how the unintended consequences of military action can spiral out of control, causing more suffering in the region and hurting U.S. security. U.S. bombs, and the civilian deaths they cause, all too often serve as recruitment tools for groups like the Islamic State and too many American-made weapons have already fallen into the hands of extremists.

Fortunately, there are alternative ways to combat the threat of the Islamic State. Non-military solutions are ultimately far more effective in keeping America safe, protecting innocent lives and crippling violent extremists.

Instead of relying on airstrikes, the U.S. should invest in humanitarian assistance, work to keep weapons from flowing into Iraq and Syria, and engage diplomatically with all parties to the regional conflict.

William Davison, Everett

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