Washington: In the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack in France that killed 80 people, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today said the international community is at war against radical jihadists who use Islam to recruit and radicalise others.
“I think it’s clear we are at war with these terrorist groups and what they represent. It’s a different kind of war.
We need to be smart about how we wage it and win it. So, I think we have to look at all possible approaches to doing just that,” Clinton told CNN in an interview.
Clinton’s remarks on this came soon after her Republican presidential rival Donald Trump said that the US is at war against these terrorist groups.
“We are at war against radical jihadists who use Islam to recruit and radicalise others in order to pursue their evil agenda. It’s not so important what we call these people as to what we do about them,” Clinton said.
“I think back to our success in getting bin Laden. It was important that we built the case, we got the information and that the President ordered the raid. Well, here, we have an ideology, it’s not a nation state, and when people draw comparisons with World War, and even call this World War III, it’s a very different kind of war. And we could be easily misled,” she observed.
In a statement issued by her campaign, Clinton said the France terrorist attack shows that terrorists have struck at one of the closest allies in Europe, attacking families celebrating the history and culture of their country on Bastille Day.
“Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France, and we say with one voice: we will not be intimidated. We will never allow terrorists to undermine the egalitarian and democratic values that underpin our very way of life,” she said.
“This cowardly attack only strengthens our commitment to our alliance and to defeating terrorism around the world,” Clinton said.