Kerry acknowledges some terrorists ‘radicalized for reasons having to do with religion’

Kerry acknowledges some terrorists ‘radicalized for reasons having to do with religion’

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday cited “reasons having to do with religion or politics” in a list of “root causes” of terrorism in which he also included factors ranging from tribalism to frustration and the desire for a sense of identity and purpose.

Addressing the Oslo Forum in the Norwegian capital, Kerry disputed the notion that a “clash of civilizations” is underway, arguing that “there is nothing remotely civilized about the terrorists that we confront in the world today” such as those in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab.

“So no, this is not a clash of civilizations, this is a struggle between civilization itself and barbarism, between fundamental raw political exploitation and a mix of medieval and modern fascism, together at the same time,” he said.

Calling for a need to have a comprehensive approach to counter the “root causes of violent extremism,” Kerry advanced some factors contributing to radicalization.

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