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‘We Will Prevail’

Posted December 6th, 2015 at 8:52 pm (UTC-4)
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President Barack Obama gave a rare address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night on the mass shootings in San Bernardino, which killed 14 people who were attending a work holiday party.  While acknowledging that America is confronting a terror threat at home, he sought to reassure the country, saying  “we will overcome” such acts of terror.

Excerpts from the president’s address:

The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here’s what we know. The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their co-workers and his wife. So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West….

So this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people. 

Video of President Obama’s speech:

The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless….

…Here at home, we have to work together to address the challenge. There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with,Congress should act to make sure no one on a no- fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.

We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino….

What we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill….

Here’s what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want.

ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology….

That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. It’s a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse.



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