Social media. Con- tributions from other countries.

Ash Carter’s plan to solve the militant crisis in Iraq and Syria may sound refreshing for those weary of war, but only time will tell if the strategy will work.

Calling the fight against the Islamic State a “politico-military problem” certainly classifies the conflict, and identifying the problem can help military leaders find solutions, even against an adaptive group.

Yet what happens when others take up the militant cause in their home countries? Therein should be the Pentagon’s foremost concern. I can’t image how spread thin the world’s armies would be trying to fight pockets of insurgents.

One thing we can do to combat militarism is to care for others. Reach out to others who seem disenfranchised before they become radicalized. Take an interest in those around you. Live by example.

Kindness really can make a difference.

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