fbpx

Bernie Sanders: Incumbent on Muslim nations to defeat ISIS

The United States should not lead the fight against ISIS and Islamic extremists, as the sole responsibility of defeating ISIS lies upon Muslim nations in the region, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Thursday.
[additional-authors]
November 19, 2015

The United States should not lead the fight against ISIS and Islamic extremists, as the sole responsibility of defeating ISIS lies upon Muslim nations in the region, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Thursday. 

During a speech at Georgetown University in DC Thursday afternoon, Sanders suggested that the fight against ISIS “is a struggle for the soul of Islam, and countering violent extremism and destroying ISIS must be done primarily by Muslim nations – with the strong support” of the West. 

“Wealthy and powerful Muslim nations in the region can no longer sit on the sidelines and expect the United States to do their work for them,” he stressed while acknowledging that the destruction of ISIS must be the world’s highest priority. “As we develop a strongly coordinated effort, we need a commitment from these countries that the fight against ISIS takes precedence over the religious and ideological differences that hamper the kind of cooperation that we desperately need.”

“It is clear that the United States must pursue policies to destroy the brutal and barbaric ISIS regime, and to create conditions that prevent fanatical extremist ideologies from flourishing. But we cannot – and should not – do it alone,” Sanders added. 

The Democratic presidential hopeful also called for the creation of an organization “like NATO” to confront the security threats of the 21st century – “an organization that emphasizes cooperation and collaboration to defeat the rise of violent extremism and importantly to address the root causes underlying these brutal acts.”

Earlier Thursday, his rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, outline a strategy to defeat ISIS “that starts with a more effective coalition air campaign, with more allied planes, more strikes, and a broader target set.”

Unlike Sanders, Clinton did not relay the sole responsibility on the countries in the region. But she did say that the deployment of ground troops should be done by the Iraqi government and Sunni nations as a small amount of U.S troops serves as trainers and advisors on the ground.

Did you enjoy this article?
You'll love our roundtable.

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Why Antisemites Are So Miserable

Their only joy is in making sure you have no joy. That’s why little by little all these vile anti-Israel protests and marches are backfiring—because they’re making the lives of everyday Americans miserable.

MENA States Respond to Iran’s Missile Strike on Israel

Iran’s attack against Israel is offering a different vision of the Middle East compared to the fragile relations between Israel and Arab countries caused by the Gaza war. Today, they share an interest in curbing Iran’s regional influence.

Oct. 7 and April 13: Old Jew vs. New Jew

The success of Israel since its birth in 1948 is that it inherited the keen sense of danger from the Old Jew and married it to the military prowess of the New Jew.

More news and opinions than at a
Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.