The President is attempting to double down on his efforts and strategies in counteracting and confronting terrorism. He wants the international community to focus on the economical and political issues that these groups exploit.
“We are not at war with Islam,” exclaims President Obama at his White House Summit on “violent extremism” on Thursday.
According to his meeting at the summit, it appears that the President will be focusing on long-term social solutions to terroristic problems, but acknowledges that the current problem revolves around how to stop ISIS and other radical Islamic groups as soon as possible.
While Obama is pushing to fight these groups, he appears to understand that part of the problem is that these areas are unable to defend themselves properly. At this current time, they are susceptible to terrorism an issue that the President wants to counteract by trying to boost their economy.
While they plan to help the economy, the U.S. is aiding the Islamic state by teaming up with Turkey in order to train Syrian rebels who need to protect themselves and the state from ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups.
Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated in the Wall Street Journal that, “No one country, no one army, no one group is going to be able to respond to this adequately.” The Secretary of State also believes that other means than military options are needed in order to return balance over Islam.
Kerry also stated that a good option, “may be training young people so they can get jobs and envision a future of dignity and self-reliance,” and that job opportunity may be a key in combating terrorism.
Meanwhile terrorism analyst Zuhdi Jasser wished to state his grievances and disbelief about Kerry’s approached when he told Fox News, “Obama is insulting, I think, to many millions of reform-minded Muslims who are trying to reject and push back theocracy. And the leader of the free world in the meantime is saying, ‘Well, these terror groups are sort of coming out of thin air and it’s just sort of a crime, education and a job problem’ which is absurd and oversimplifying.”
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