To fight extremism, Obama calls on US to embrace its Muslims

President Barack Obama has argued that in the fight against violent extremism, the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.

With the Islamic State group spreading and terrorists gaining strength in the Mideast and Africa, Obama has sought to use this week’s White House summit on violent extremism to urge the world to broaden its response far beyond military interventions.

US airstrikes have managed to blunt some of the militants’ gains in Iraq and Syria, but they don’t address the extreme ideologies that underpin deadly groups such as IS, al-Shabab and Boko Haram.

“If we’re going to prevent people from being susceptible to the false promises of extremism, then the international community has to offer something better – and the United States intends to do its part,” Obama told the summit Wednesday.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4628714,00.html

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