“The scale of violent extremism has increased over the last 10 years, and so has the arrests for religiously inspired terrorism. Just in Europe, as the head of Europol noted after attacks at Charlie Hebdo,” Arrests for religiously inspired terrorism in Europe more than doubled from 2009 to 2013.
Though the potential threat may have grown because of the excitement the Islamic State has created among some young Muslims, so too has the response. Indeed, (this week) as U.S. Governments, civil society groups and community leaders from more than 60 nations, by people of many faiths, including Muslim, gather in Washington for a global summit on empowering local communities, the world is taking an important step forward to confront the violent extremists — the propagandists, recruiters and enablers — who may not directly engage in terrorist acts themselves, but who radicalize, recruit and incite others to do so.”
In the face of this challenge, Obama said “we must stand united internationally and here at home. We know that military force alone cannot solve this problem. Nor can we simply take out terrorists who kill innocent civilians. “Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity”.
“Countering violent extremism is a security, a political and cultural mission. We can fulfil our mission only together.”Those were some of the messages EU High Representative Federica Mogherini delivered in a speech at a Washington Summit.
The EU offers to host a regional experts’ meeting in early summer to involve the EU’s Radicalization Awareness Network and together with the United Nations, the European Union will explore options to host a high-level segment in the margins of UNGA next September in New York, to promote the message for enhanced global partnerships in countering violent extremism.
The partnership against violent extremism has room for anyone who is willing to respect the fundamental rights and dignity of other human beings. . …..Read more in this article by U.S. President Barack Obama. …