“The 20th century was defined by the civilised struggle to uphold values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” said Kerry speaking at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
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“We will not be derailed by criminal anarchists who illegitimately claim a religious cause,” the WEF website reported Kerry to have remarked.
The first step is to defeat Daesh, referring to the rebel group also known as ISIS.
“They are better armed, better trained and have claimed more ground than any other terrorist group in history. Daesh represents a threat to individual nation states as well as the entire region.”
Kerry also said much had been achieved by the coalition of 60 partners formed to defeat Daesh adding that the speed of progress is not yet fast enough.
“To succeed, Iraq also needs to enhance outreach efforts to its Sunni population and the world needs to see the terrorist group as it is, rather than as it claims to be,” he added.
“To effectively combat violent extremism over the long term, we need to better understand the underlying conditions, he argued. “We can’t change minds without knowing what’s in them.”
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Kerry said there are no grounds of religion, ideology or politics that will ever justify the terrorist atrocities we see around the world.
“Eliminating terrorists we confront today only solves part of the problem. We need to transform the very environment from which terrorism and fundamentalism arises,” he said.
“We need to take the long-term view, identify vulnerabilities early, and do more to counteract and prevent radicalisation.”