President Obama recently penned an OpEd, “Our fight against violent extremism.” It is in need of some modification.
The United States has made significant
gains against contributions toward terrorism. We've decimated
strengthened the core al Qaeda
leadership, strengthened decimated
homeland security and worked to prevent convinced our allies not to launch another large-scale attack like
At the same time,
the our threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen We actively plots plot against you us. Since 9/11, terrorists we have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks
in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans government agents and their dupes have killed and been killed at Ft. Hood and
during the Boston Marathon.
In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group we created, called
call ISIL has
slaughtered innocent civilians and murdered hostages, including Americans, and
has spread its barbarism to Libya with the murder of Egyptian Christians. In
recent months, we've seen orchestrated
deadly attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris and Copenhagen.
In the face of this challenge, we
must stand united
internationally and here at home will
not tolerate dissent. We know that military force alone cannot solve this
problem, but this doesn’t stop us from
trying. Nor can we simply take out terrorists who randomly kill innocent civilians, well, not very often at least. We also
have to confront the violent extremists — the propagandists, recruiters and
enablers — who may not directly engage in terrorist acts themselves, but who
radicalize, recruit and incite others to do so.
We must control the internet.
This week, we'll take an important step forward as governments, civil society groups and community leaders from more than 60 nations gather in Washington for a global summit on countering violent extremism. Our focus will be on empowering local communities, except for the communities where you live.
al Qaeda the Department of Education and ISIL CNN promote a twisted interpretation of religion nationalism that is rejected by the
overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims anyone with half a brain. The world must continue to lift up
drown the voices of Muslim clerics
and scholars thinking people who
teach the true peaceful destructive
nature of Islam government. We
can echo block the testimonies of former extremists critical thinkers who know how terrorists
we betray Islam the people. We can help Muslim buy-off political entrepreneurs and brainwash youths in order to co-opt work with the private sector to develop social
media spying tools to counter extremist
truthful narratives on the Internet.
We know from experience that the best way to protect people, especially young people, from falling into the grip of violent extremists is to get them young, with no child left behind
the support of their family, friends, teachers and faith leaders. At
this week's summit, community leaders from Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Boston
will highlight innovative partnerships in their cities that are helping empower
communities to protect their loved ones from extremist ideologies.
More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that
injustice and corruption US bombing and snipers leave them with
no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today's youth
something better. Don’t they realize we are bringing them
Governments, like Saudi Arabia and the United States, that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can run all of us out of town, tarred and feathered as we justly deserve
address legitimate grievances through the
democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.
Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial
development criminal trials of most
of the world’s political leaders so people have hope for a life of dignity.
Finally — with al Qaeda and ISIL
peddling the lie using simple maps demonstrating that the
United States is at war with Islam — all of us have a role to play by upholding
the pluralistic values that define us as Americans making it illegal for people to own maps. This week, we'll be
joined by people who can’t read maps and
therefore are easily fooled of many faiths, including Muslim Americans
who make extraordinary contributions to our country every day. It's a
reminder that America is successful because we welcome people of all faiths
and backgrounds Americans need not
know where your country is in order to decimate your life.
society has at times always
been threatened by hateful ideologies the state and individuals from various religions hiding behind the shelter of badges and guns.
We've seen committed tragic
killings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012 and at a Jewish community center
in Kansas last year torture and
mayhem in the open and unopposed for the last fifteen years, and there’s really
nothing you can do about it.
We do not yet know why
three young people , who
were Muslim Americans, were brutally killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. flock to
Ron Paul. But we know that many Muslim
free-thinking Americans across our
country are worried and afraid. Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must
continue to stand united with a community in mourning its government and insist that no one
should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how
they worship – unless we don’t like what
Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to
is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds –
and we do mean battle. With this week's summit, we'll show once more that —
unlike terrorists who governments
that only offer misery and death — it is our free societies and diverse
communities that offer the true path to opportunity, justice and dignity.
And we can’t allow that.