Obama warns that American Diverseness may play into the hands of extremists
Dec 7, Washington DC: President Barack Obama at his Oval Office address has called the San Berardino shootings an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people, he also stated that freedom is more powerful than fear before warning the American diverseness may play int the hands of extremists.
Also during the address, President Obama warned that Americans "cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam". "If we're to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate," Obama said, before adding that Muslim-Americans are part of the American society."And, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defence of our country. We have to remember that," he said.
He further stated that turning against America's Muslim communities would be exactly what Islamist extremists in the so-called Islamic State group want. Mr Obama said the US would draw upon "every aspect of American power" to combat IS. "Our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary," he said.
According to him, the threat has evolved as terrorists have turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all-too-common in the American society. "For the past seven years, I have confronted the evolution of this threat each morning. Your security is my greatest responsibility. And I know that, after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure," he said, before revealing his strategy in countering terrorism.
So, tonight, this is what I want you to know: The threat of terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Here's how:
First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary, using air strikes to take out ISIL leaders and their infrastructure in Iraq and Syria. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – have ramped up their contributions to our military campaign, which will help us accelerate our effort to destroy ISIL.
Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens. In both countries, we are deploying Special Operations forces who can accelerate that offensive.
Third, we are leading a coalition of 65 countries to stop ISIL’s operations by disrupting plots, cutting off their financing, and preventing them from recruiting more fighters.
Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has established a process and timeline to pursue cease-fires and a political resolution to the Syrian civil war. Doing so will allow the Syrian people and every country to focus on the common goal of destroying ISIL.
That is our strategy -- designed and supported by military commanders, counter-terrorism experts, and countries committed to defeating these terrorists. And we constantly examine further steps needed to get the job done. That is why I have ordered the Departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa program under which the female terrorist in San Bernardino originally came to this country. And that is why I will urge high tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.
Obama's speech came as a response to the mass shooting by the married couple Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, who were both killed in a shootout with police.
The Oslo Times