Obama: ‘We Must Declare War on War So the Outcome Will Be Peace upon Peace’

‘Next year, we should all be prepared to announce the concrete steps that we have taken to counter extremist ideologies in our own countries’

Speaking today at the United Nations, President Obama seconded Sheikh bin Bayyah, the head of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, who said, “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.”

Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.” Look at the young British Muslims, who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the “notinmyname” campaign, declaring – “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” Look at the Christian and Muslim leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject violence – listen to the Imam who said, “Politics try to divide the religious in our country, but religion shouldn’t be a cause of hate, war, or strife.”

Later today, the Security Council will adopt a resolution that underscores the responsibility of states to counter violent extremism. But resolutions must be followed by tangible commitments, so we’re accountable when we fall short.  Next year, we should all be prepared to announce the concrete steps that we have taken to counter extremist ideologies – by getting intolerance out of schools, stopping radicalization before it spreads, and promoting institutions and programs that build new bridges of understanding. 

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