David Cameron: It’s Not ‘War,’ It’s ‘Just a Huge Challenge Our Society Faces’

On CBS’s Face the Nation, British prime minister David Cameron declined to describe the fight against Islamic terrorism as a “war.”

“It has many similar aspects [of war], but my way of expressing this is that this is just a huge challenge our society faces,” Cameron said. “What I don’t want to do is try and posit that there’s some clash of civilizations going on because that is what the terrorists want.”

Cameron continued to explain that the terrorists are not true adherents of Islam, and are best understood as “fanatics who have attached themselves to a death cult.” Cameron said describing the conflict as a war of “us against them” would only help the terrorists’ narrative gain traction.

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