Foreign policy becomes topic of importance after Paris carnage
“We are not at war with Islam,” said 2016 candidate for President of the United States and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the Saturday evening Democratic debate televised after the Friday attacks in Paris which has left 129 people dead and 352 wounded. Estimates are that, of the wounded, about 98 of those persons are critically injured per various media reports.
“We are at war with violent extremism,” Clinton added, according to the story covering the debate from LatinoFoxnews.
Her Democratic opponents made their statements as well. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said that Muslim countries must involve themselves more in fighting the ISIS jihadists. Sanders believes that this is a war for the “soul of Islam.” Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley believes that Muslims living in the United States should join the fight against Islamist extremism.
Sanders did criticize former Senator of New York Clinton for her 2003 vote in favor of the Iraq invasion. Sanders believes that this intervention was “one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States,” and that it has “unraveled the (Middle East) completely.”
All of the candidates onstage denounced the attacks, per an AP article by Lisa Lerer which was carried on the PBS website on. This marks the first time the Democratic field spoke about the incidents, and it seems that “[t]hey gave some fodder to their Republican critics, who coupled condemnation of the Paris attacks earlier in the day with sharp criticism for Obama and his former secretary of state, Clinton,” according to writer Lerer.
“We are at war with violent extremism, we are at war with people who use their religion for purposes of power and oppression,” Clinton is quoted. She gave her opinion that the U.S. is not at war with Islam or all Muslims. “I don’t want us to be painting with too broad a brush.”
Democratic opponents Sanders and O’Malley agreed with Clinton’s statements last night. The term “radical Islam,” which is being used by current Florida Senator Marco Rubio and other Republican presidential candidates, is unnecessarily offensive to American Muslims.