- - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The United States and the rest of Western civilization are living in the 21st century, while barbarians such as members of the Islamic State live and act as if in the 10th century, but with 21st-century weapons.

Make no mistake; the Islamic State is prosecuting a holy war in an attempt to accomplish what Islam started in that early century. After the Mideast falls, Europe, the Americas and the world will be the target. The targeted response of the United States will accomplish little. The Islamic State has declared war. Europe and the United States should take that declaration to heart and respond seriously.

It is time to throw aside the rules of engagement of the 21st century and wipe out the Islamic State.

CHARLES KLEIN

Yorktown, Va.