A forceful President Obama challenged members of the United Nations on Wednesday to join the US to destroy ISIS and “dismantle this network of death.”
“No God condones this terror,” Obama told UN General Assembly. “No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning — no negotiation — with this brand of evil.
“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”
As the US-led coalition mounted another day of airstrikes against the ISIS terrorists in Syria, Obama asked countries to do their part to “reject the cancer” of extremism.
He specifically called on Muslim countries to root out the ideological extremists who have fueled the rise of terrorist groups.
“No children are born hating and no children anywhere should be educated to hate other people,” Obama said.
Saying the world is at a “crossroads between war and peace,” Obama began his speech to UN delegates outlining the most pressing challenges: Ebola, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ISIS terrorism.
“Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms of a broader problem — the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world,” he said.
With Russian delegates staring at him from the audience, Obama didn’t mince words about Russia annexing Crimea, pouring arms into Ukraine for separatists and delaying an investigation of the Malaysia Airlines crash.
“Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition,” he said, calling on Russia to return to cooperation to get relief from international sanctions.
Obama said Russia’s vision of the world is “might makes right.”
“America stands for something different,” he declared. “We believe that right makes might — that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones; that people should be able to choose their own future.”
The speech kicked off a long Day 2 for Obama in New York. He was to meet with diplomatic leaders and chair a UN Security Council session on curbing foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.