It is time to declare war

It is time to declare war on radical jihadi Muslims. Every race color and religious group around the world has been exposed to radical Muslim atrocities.

There is a lot of reporting anytime Muslims around the world are attacked, but not as much reporting for other religions due to political correctness. The Qur’an contains 109 verses with graphic instructions that reference war with nonbelievers and how to eliminate or convert nonbelievers. Muslims who do not join the fight are called hypocrites and are warned that Allah will punish them. Radical Muslim jihadis intimidate and kill these Muslims.

Sri Lankan Christians were attacked on Easter Sunday by a radical Muslim group. This radical Muslim-coordinated attack has similarities to international terrorists like the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Women and young girls suffer most, especially in many third world cultures. Remember, radical jihadi Muslims attack all non-believers, not just Christians.

Article I of the Constitution invests Congress with the authority to declare war and to raise and maintain military forces. Congress decides and the president manages. Congress passed the War Powers Resolution in the aftermath of the Vietnam War to set up procedures for the president and Congress to follow in situations that could lead to armed conflict.

The most recent Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) was signed into law by President George Bush on Sept. 18, 2001. This AUMF focused on those who planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Is the September 2001 AUMF still valid? I think this AUMF needs to be rescinded immediately, followed by an updated AUMF relevant to the war being waged on America and the world today.

The target for a new AUMF would be radical jihadi Muslims. The mindset of many world leaders is in terms of land and countries, but radical Muslim jihadis would be an asymmetric war with no boundaries.

During a 2006 radio interview, I was asked what would happen after we defeated al-Qaida. I said defeating radical Muslims in a geographic location was like placing a square of Jell-O on a bench and hitting it with a maul. The Jell-O is no longer on the bench but has dangerously spread everywhere.

Today, there are more than 30 very militant and dangerous radical jihadi Muslims groups around the world. A few of these are: al-Shabab, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), El-Mourabitoun, and Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), etc. Let’s not forget al-Qaida, Hezbollah and, of course, ISIS.

Why target radical Islam? Radical Islam is dangerous to everyone but is more dangerous to other Muslims (Hypocrites). Frequently, the radical Muslims begin their jihads within their own Muslim community. They threaten and kill in order to intimidate and persuade that Muslim community to support radical jihad.

A jihad is not just a holy war. Jihad is described as a struggle or effort. It can be a believer’s internal struggle to live as well as possible. Jihad can also be the struggle to build a good Muslim society.

Rescind the current AUMF and create a new one that authorizes military force anywhere in the world to defeat and kill radical Muslim jihadis. Radical Muslims do not recognize borders, but they recognize they are authorized to wage war and kill non-believers, including other Muslims because of a declared fat-wa by a Muslim religious leader.

The new AUMF would not identify a specific country because radical Islam does not recognize borders. The new AUMF would specify radical jihadis, authorizing kinetic military action, seizing financial assets and interdictive internet action. These groups have plenty of money gained by drug trafficking, slave trade and kidnapping for ransom.

FBI director Christopher A. Wray appeared in front of Congress in December 2017 and stated that there are about 1,000 terrorism cases in America in every state.

America has seen plenty of attacks within our borders by radical jihadi Muslims.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were in London to meet with the ambassador for the Barbary pirates. These pirates were hijacking American ships, enslaving sailors and demanding ransoms to free them. Adams and Jefferson asked him by what right he extorted money and took slaves.

The ambassador answered: “(The right) was founded on the Laws of the Prophet Muhammad. It is written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to paradise.”

I am not saying Muslims are bad, but I am saying Muslims who support radical jihad are part of a large army and are a danger to the world. These enemy combatants may have been born in any country, including America. When America takes the lead, other countries will partner either by sharing intelligence or through active military participation.

Richard W. Kucksdorf is a retired U.S. Army colonel residing in Bonduel. Kucksdorf has other writings on his website, “Observations From Flyover Country,” at rwkucksdorf.com.