During a speech at the United States Defense Department's National Defense University, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. is not at war with Islam even though extremists use that claim to justify their violence against the West.
"Most, though not all, of the terrorism we faced is fueled by a common ideology -- a belief by some extremists that Islam is in conflict with the United States and the West, and that violence against Western targets, including civilians, is justified in pursuit of a larger cause," the president said.
"Of course, this ideology is based on a lie, for the United States is not at war with Islam. And this ideology is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims, who are the most frequent victims of terrorist attacks."
Obama said the U.S. response to terrorism cannot depend just on the military or law enforcement, Upi.com reported.
"[The best way] to prevent violent extremism inspired by violent jihadists is to work with the Muslim-American community -- which has consistently rejected terrorism -- to identify signs of radicalization and partner with law enforcement when an individual is drifting towards violence."
The president noted that Muslims are a fundamental part America.
"In fact, the success of American Muslims and our determination to guard against any encroachments on their civil liberties is the ultimate rebuke to those who say that we're at war with Islam," Obama said.
“Neither I, nor any president, can promise the total defeat of terror.What we can do — what we must do — is dismantle networks that pose a direct danger, and make it less likely for new groups to gain a foothold, all while maintaining the freedoms and ideals that we defend.”