The U.S. President, Barack Obama, in a conference on violent extremism at White House, has said that airstrikes cannot change the terrorists’ twisted concept of the religion Islam.  He called upon the world at large to encounter the efforts of terrorists to justify violence in the name of Islam. He also urged to dispel the misplaced concept that the west is at loggerheads or war with Islam, the religion.

With Islamic State and other terrorist outfits spreading their tentacles all over the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa, Obama used the summit at White House to urge the world to diversify its responses beyond military intervention. He added that every effort should be made to contest the distraught concept of Islam that terrorist groups like ISIS, Boko Haram, and al-Shabab are using to justify violence. He admitted a complicated history between the West and the Middle East, and added that none is averse to criticism of one another’s policies and programmes. However, the notion that the West is at war with Islam, he added, was an ugly lie. He further added addressing the delegates present that it was the responsibility of them all to reject that notion.

Addressing the closing session, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the U.N., said that the U.N will focus on a multi-pronged approach to the problem of violent extremism, and would present a report at the next U.N General Assembly to be convened later this year. He added that as a first step he would invite leaders of all faiths in the world for a meaningful dialogue on the use of a distraught interpretation of religion by terrorists.

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