The source of the worldwide terror epidemic has been Islamist extremism - a fact that many governments, including the United States, continues to ignore. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams writes that this refusal to identify the cause of extremism only lets the extremists win:
The Department of State and USAID have just issued a report entitled the “Joint Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism.”
There are some ideas in this “strategy” for what is now called CVE, but at bottom it is hopeless. If this is really the United States’s strategy, we are in even bigger trouble than we thought.
Here’s just one fact that will show you why: The word ‘Islam’ does not once appear in the US government’s CVE document. Neither does ‘Islamism’, ‘Islamist’, ‘radical-Islam’, ‘radical-Islamist’ or any other such formulation...
When we seek to understand why voters in Europe and the United States listen to demagogues and even “form harder views of their own,” we should remember this. When governments put out documents like this one, they are helping feed demagogy and they are harming the effort to formulate effective and sensible efforts against extremism.