Freedom is more powerful than fear, President Obama at a rare Oval Office speech on terror threats


In a rare Oval Office speech address on the threats of terror, US President Barack Obama has said that the killings in San Bernardino were “an act of terrorism” designed to kill innocent people.

The FBI is investigating the mass shooting by a married couple that left 14 dead. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, were killed in a shootout with police.

IS on Sunday had said in a radio broadcast that the couple that carried out the attack were IS supporters, but gave no indication that IS was involved in its planning.

Also Read:  Eid And Meethi Sewai: A message of India's unity in diversity

The FBI is also looking into reports Malik posted a message on Facebook pledging allegiance to IS around the time of the attacks.

The president said, “It is our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslims must be treated differently. That plays into the ideas of ISIL. We cannot turn against each other. It is not a war against America and Islam.ISIL does not speak for Islam, they are thugs.”

Also Read:  Police complaint filed against Sonu Nigam for calling Azaan 'gundagardi'

Describing the danger of terror real, he urged Congress to decide if the prolonged fight against terrorism could be continued.

He said, “I have authorised U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is. If Congress believes,as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should vote to authorise the continued use of military force.”

Also Read:  Manmohan Singh can't be disqualified as a Rajya Sabha member for teaching assignment at Panjab University

This was only the third Oval Office address of his presidency – they are reserved for events of national importance.

Obama concluded on a profound note saying that “Freedom is more powerful than fear.”

He said, “Let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here