Force Alone Will Not Suffice: Undermining ISIL with Religious Freedom
December 9, 2014
Tom Farr, in testimony to Canada's House of Commons, argues that Canadian and US international religious freedom policy should be understood as part of a broader national security strategy—a diplomatic counterterrorism tool. To combat the rise of the Islamic State, policymakers must grasp the root cause of terrorism: a radical, and spreading, interpretation of Islam, nourished and abetted by Middle Eastern tyrants secular and religious, by legal and cultural practices of radical intolerance, and by a dying political order. Any solution to the ongoing crisis must account for the powerful influence of religion, which remains a primary component of the region's political and cultural identity.