Hillary Clinton calls for war on Islamic State, not Muslims

"We are not at war with Islam," said Hillary Clinton, choosing her words with care as she warned ordinary Muslims should not be viewed as a threat. "We are at war with violent extremism."

By: AFP | Des Moines | Published: November 15, 2015 10:55 am
Hillary clinton, Democrate debate, islamic state Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, makes a point as Bernie Sanders listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Source: AP)

White House hopeful Hillary Clinton called for global unity to crush the Islamic State group, as the carnage in Paris took center stage at Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate.

The three candidates began their debate with a moment of silence for the victims in France, bringing Friday’s horrific attacks an ocean away to the forefront of the White House race as they dominated the first half hour of the political showdown.

Clinton, liberal US Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley united in calling for the destruction of the jihadists accused of massacring at least 129 people in the French capital.

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“We are not at war with Islam,” said the former secretary of state, choosing her words with care as she warned ordinary Muslims should not be viewed as a threat. “We are at war with violent extremism.”

“Our prayers are with the people of France tonight, but that is not enough,” she said. “We need to have a resolve that will bring the world together to root out the kind of radical jihadist ideology that motivates organizations like ISIS, a barbaric, ruthless, violent jihadist terrorist group.”

The Islamic State group (ISIS or IS) claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks on a Paris concert hall, restaurants and bars, and outside France’s national stadium — calling it retribution for French air strikes in Syria.

“It cannot be contained, it must be defeated,” Clinton said of the group which has overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq. While they displayed equal determination to eradicate jihadism, fissures appeared between the candidates on whether the United States should lead the struggle. Clinton said American leadership was critical in the effort, with all the diplomatic tools at Washington’s disposal beyond just military might, “but this cannot be an American fight.”

That drew a sharp disagreement from O’Malley. “This actually is America’s fight,” he insisted. “America is best when we are actually standing up to evil in this world.”

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    Congreess The
    Nov 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm
    Why this fig leaf. Islam and Extremism are the two sides of the same coin.
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      Nov 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm
      EVERY MUSLIM is a supporter of ISIS....The children of this Kaum are born w/o brains...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD MUSLIM....I don't give a S#HITT what Clinton said....Hindu India will always be a TARGET. The Local Muslims here are no better than Owaisi....BEWARE OF A MUSLIM EVEN IF HE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND....BECASUE HE WILL CHOOSE ISLAM RATHER THAN YOU IN CASE OF AN ATTACK...
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        Nov 17, 2015 at 5:36 am
        Beech Hillary, islamic slave, democrats are same as CONGRESS party of india, they are pro jihadists, non muslims will b genocided by democrats. Never vote democrats in US and Congress in India
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          Nilesh Baban
          Nov 15, 2015 at 11:33 am
          Not all Muslim's... But the some other Muslim people like ISIS make other Muslim over the world...brainwashed others and they become victims of ISIS
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            George thakur
            Nov 16, 2015 at 4:37 am
            An old Indian adage: you test only a few grains in a pan with a million grains of rice if the rice is cooked.
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