The problem that Barack Obama’s summit to counter violence and extremism is meant to address isn’t one that community activism can resolve. The president’s message about the need for tolerance, understanding, and inclusiveness to prevent and preempt radicalization of American youth is well suited to our historic notion of the “big tent.”
As the only person to have won the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis of sheer hope rather than actual achievement,
The radicals are waging a war of ideas the West refuses to fight.
President Obama opened this week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism with a speech about community-based counter-radicalization efforts, and his Administration is being roundly mocked for its refusal to use terms like “Muslim terrorism” or “Islamism.” The mockery is deserved. Foreign policy is not a Harry Potter tale of good versus He-Wh-Must-Not-Be-Named. And war cannot be won against an enemy we refuse to describe except in meaningless generalities.
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The Libyan branch of ISIS massacred 21 Egyptian Christians last weekend. A knife-wielding executioner frog-marched the bound and blind-folded captives to a beach in front of a camera, said “safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for,” and cut off their heads.
Several members of the Muslims Brotherhood (MB) recently reported on their social media accounts that a delegation of MB members visited the U.S. State Department on January 27, 2015 and met with officials from the State Department and White House, as well as with members of congress and representatives from American research institutes. According to the MB reports, the purpose of the meeting was to recruit support for their opposition to the 'Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi regime in Egypt."
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.