Well, that’s not exactly what they call it, but that’s what it is. From the White House this morning:
On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris.
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts rely heavily on well-informed and resilient local communities. Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken the lead in building pilot frameworks integrating a range of social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders, with law enforcement agencies to address violent extremism as part of the broader mandate of community safety and crime prevention . . . The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations.
So, this is a good idea. President Obama is correctly noting the increasing danger of home-grown radicals. Of course, the announcement nowhere mentions Islamist radicalism, which is in fact the threat. I mean, if there’s going to be a discussion panel of rooting out potential terrorists attending Reform Jewish Hebrew day schools, then they’re wasting their time.
In Europe, it’s not clear how this works, with Muslim states and Sharia law already established within these nations. In the video below, terrorism expert Steve Emerson says that Europe may be finished. And no doubt, Sharia law will be coming here, unless the problem has a name.
Still, Obama is to be applauded for focusing on the threat from within in this country and among our allies.