In light of the recent terrorist attacks by ISIS, Hillary Clinton has officially made a stance against the terrorist organization. According to NBC News, the leading Democratic candidate for the presidency said that “the need for action is urgent” and encouraged the United States to take the fight against ISIS online.
“I know that Americans are anxious and fearful, and we have reason to be,” Clinton explained in during a recent talk in Washington, D.C. “The threat is real.”
In particular, Clinton urged tech firms in Silicon Valley to partner with the United States in order to fight ISIS in the virtual world. In her statement, Clinton explained how the United States should work to “bring together governments and high tech experts to figure out how we disrupt them.”
According to the L.A. Times, part of Clinton’s plans involve restricting the ability of ISIS to use the internet as a tool for recruiting. In her eyes, this is the same tactic that U.S. military has used in the past to attempt and stop ISIS from gaining physical territory.
“Resolve means depriving jihadists of virtual territory just as we work to deprive them of actual territory… You are going to hear all the usual complaints, freedom of speech, et cetera… We are going to have to have more support from our friends in the technology world to deny [terrorists] online space. We are going to have to ask our technology companies… to help us on this.”
Although Clinton did not admit that America was currently at war with ISIS, she did state that the U.S. and ISIS are in a conflict and that America’s relationship with Israel should be strengthened. “We are definitely in conflict with ISIS,” she stated. “It’s time to take our alliance [with Israel] to the next level.”
Despite her strong stance against the terrorist organization, the former senator refused to call ISIS a radical Islamic group.
“I don’t want to do that,” she related. “It helps to create this clash of civilizations that is actually a recruiting tool for ISIS and other radical jihadists who use this as a way of saying we’re in a war against the West.”
Meanwhile, Clinton’s comments were a direct response to the attacks recently committed in San Bernardino California. With regard to this and other active shooter situations, Washington Times is reporting that Clinton remained firm in her position for stricter gun control measures.
“What happened in San Bernardino was a terrorist attack, nobody is arguing with that,” Clinton explained in her speech. “But let’s not forget, though, a week before we had an American assault on Planned Parenthood and some weeks before that we had an assault at a community college. So I don’t see these two as in anyway contradictory.”
The shooting in San Bernardino, which has since been linked to ISIS, took the lives of 14 individuals while wounding 21 others. With that in mind, Clinton went on to add that the United States needs to tighten up its gun control laws in order to prevent certain people from purchasing guns.
“We have to up our game against terrorists abroad and at home, and we have to take account of the fact that our gun laws and the easy access to those guns by people who shouldn’t get them,” Clinton stated. “Mentally ill people, fugitives, felons and the Congress continuing to refuse to prohibit people on the no-fly list from getting guns, which include a lot of domestic and international terrorists — these are two parts of the same approach that I’m taking to make us safe.”
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