In Attempting To Stop Terrorism, We Must Punish Those Funding It

06/05/2017 04:51 pm ET

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The bombing in London over the weekend was just the latest in a long line of reprehensible acts by international terror groups like ISIS.

I know I’ve said this many times before, but these people need to be wiped off the face of the earth. And to be clear, I do not mean Muslims, or anything even remotely close to that. I’m talking strictly about terrorists who believe blowing up innocent people is a morally justified act.

I’ve never liked the phrase “war on terror” because it is too open ended and could mean literally anything. I also don’t want the United States unilaterally invading the sovereignty of countries to chase down these violent extremists.

But what I do want – and what we should all demand, quite frankly – is that the major heads of state finally do what should have been done years ago: put their heads together and agree for the sake of all humanity to align against these monsters.

The Saudis have suggested that all countries should be punished for sponsoring state terror. The Saudis should probably listen to their own advice, and stop doing that themselves, but I’ve come to the sad conclusion at this point that would be too much to hope for.

That said, it is a good idea to cut diplomatic ties with any country supporting terror activities. Qatar has supported numerous extremist groups in the Middle East such as Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Qatar government is a bad actor in the region and it may be time to consider moving the U.S.’s base out of that country, either abolishing it outright, or transferring it elsewhere in the Middle East.

Fighting these groups, while necessary, can sometimes feel like whack-a-mole, where each terrorist killed produces even more in his place. This is why while we continue to fight this battle against extremists, we must also deprive them of their main sources of funding that makes their activities possible. Cutting ties with those who fund our deadliest enemies is a must, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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