Former Congressman on Fighting Radical Islamist Terrorists: ‘We Are in World War lll’

By Penny Starr | April 8, 2016 | 3:40 PM EDT

Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and now senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, spoke at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on Wednesday that the fight against radical Islamist terrorism worldwide represents “World War III” and that if the Obama administration and Congress don’t address it as such, “some very bad things are going to happen.”

“They are coming,” Wolf said at a discussion about threats to religious liberty and the persecution of Christians at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. “They are coming to kill people, and we are in World War III, and so the administration and the Congress has to deal with it or else some very bad things are going to happen in the world,”

 

 

In response to questions about strategies to defeat the terror threats around the globe, Wolf, who is now a senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative,  said, “I agree with the pope” that this fight represents the beginning of World War III.

Wolf, also referred to a quote from President Ronald Reagan that stated that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were a covenant not only made with the American people but with people around the world who seek religious liberty and other freedoms we have in the United States.

“We are violating that covenant,” Wolf said and called on Congress to hold “extensive hearings” on the radical Islamist terrorism threat and to find a strategy to defeat it.

Franks said the recent terror attacks on U.S. soil, in Europe and around the globe are proof that this is a war against radical Islamist terrorism.
 

Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, spoke at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

“We are in World War III, and so the Congress should be dealing with this – forget the administration – holding extensive hearings, bringing people in; bringing the best political minds in … and dealing with this,” Wolf said.

“We will pay the price,” he said. “We will pay it now or we will play it later. They are coming, and they are coming to kill people, and we are in World War III, and so the administration and the Congress has to deal with it or else some very bad things are going to happen in the world,” Wolf said.

Another panelist, Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, said the Obama administration doesn’t acknowledge the global threat posed by ISIS and other terrorist groups and so does not have a strategy.

“In order to have a global strategy, you have to agree there’s a global problem, and there is no agreement,” Farr said.

“Certainly, this administration doesn’t believe there’s a global problem,” he said. “You have to call things by their names.

“There is a global threat of radical Islamist extremism – violent Islamist extremism,” Farr said. “It threatens not only the United States – Christians, Muslims and atheists – but it threatens Islam.

Farr said that Muslims more than any other people of faith have suffered from this terrorist threat and that in order to defeat an enemy you have to clearly understand whom that enemy is.

“You have to talk about that,” Farr said. “You can’t defeat any enemy if you aren’t willing to talk about it,” he said, adding that preserving religious liberty should be part of that strategy.

”There’s a great deal of uncertainty, but the one thing we can’t do is give up,” Farr said.

“We cannot,” he said. “We have to keep fighting.”

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