By Kate Barton
Obama addressed the nation on Sunday, December 6, on the issue of terrorism. This brief came right after the shootings in San Bernardino earlier in the week, which followed the massacres in Paris.
Obama inspires American nationalism before he details his plan: “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing upon every aspect of American power.”
Obama’s plan abroad begins with continuing what we are currently doing: using our military to hunt for terrorists and provide training and equipment to those combating ISIL. The new courses of action are working with our allies to stop ISIL operations, such as recruiting new people, and to try to bring ceasefire and a resolution to the Syrian war.
In the US, Obama begins by addressing gun control. He urges Congress to pass a bill to make it illegal for persons on the no fly list to obtain a firearm, along with strengthening gun control measures in general. He then addresses immigration, saying we need to establish harsher screening for immigrants without a visa. And finally, he encourages Congress to pass a bill to authorize the use of military force against ISIL.
Obama next makes the important point that these terrorists do not speak for the majority of Islam. This fight is not one against Islam, and we as Americans should not discriminate against our fellow people.
Bellbrook High School senior Rachel Birri says “I’m not worried for my safety in Bellbrook, but these attacks are reoccurring and extreme and they need to be stopped.” Bellbrook High School senior Dalia Alkhawaga says, “Obama hit the nail on the head that ISIS does not represent Islam at all, and the attacks harm Islam and Islamic communities who hold Islam as a religion of peace.”
Obama ends on another patriotic and uniting idea: “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear; that we have always met challenges — whether war or depression, natural disasters or terrorist attacks — by coming together around our common ideals as one nation, as one people. So long as we stay true to that tradition, I have no doubt America will prevail.”