Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Only Smart Leadership Will Thwart Extremists

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Only Smart Leadership Will Thwart Extremists

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The global community has known for quite some time that the greatest threat to world peace is radical Islam. Its motivation, or pretense at least, is known to be ideological - the firm belief that Islam is the only way, and the rest of humanity must convert or perish.

The natural response to these present-day acts of terror, of course, is to hit back harder. That is certainly my personal impulse.But more than a few cooler heads among the leaders of our nations caution against such reactionary thinking, warning that bombs and angry rhetoric act as gasoline poured on a fire; that tit-for-tat violence, albeit justified, only serves to fuel the ire of other Muslims.

We are reminded that a policy of retaliatory air strikes, with inevitable civilian casualties, lures us into a trap that operates as a recruitment tool for the likes of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. …

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