OSHKOSH, WI –
President Obama addressed leaders from over 60 countries at a White House Summit today, urging increased action against ISIS.
His statements challenged the idea that extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are connected to the Islamic faith.
“These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy. And all of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam”
It was a statement supported at Oshkosh’s Masjid Qamar Mosque, a community of roughly 80 Muslims.
“Of course the way ISIS has been acting is not according to Islamic principal,” says Saad Ahmad. “So any action that is taken to stop them, is something that all Muslims should support.”
The president’s call to action included increased dialogue promoting the Muslim community, in an effort discourage would-be recruits from extremist organizations.
“There are two problems here,” says Ahmad. “One is disenfranchised people, that is one thing. The other thing we have to look at very seriously and carefully, is when there able to recruit people successfully from the Western countries.”
Senator Ron Johnson suggested increased dialogue might not be enough, saying quote:
“Barbarians who cut children in half and burn people alive are not about to cease those activities in exchange for an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their neighbors or even with President Obama regarding economic and political grievances.”