Posted: 29 Jul 2007 Print Send a link
State Department spokesman Sen McCormick, responding to question about possible U.S. reaction to jihadist websites: "We think that, frankly, just speaking the truth -- not only about our values, our policies, but the policies and values of our friends and allies -- is the most effective weapon, because in essence, these people have no message. It's a message of nihilism. It's a message of violence. It's a message of murder and destruction. Now, that may appeal to some segment of some population, and there may be some that are just totally irreconcilable and that message speaks to them. You have to deal with those people in a certain way. But there may be others who may be tempted by this kind of message; but if you can reach out to them and speak to them about a different, more positive message, maybe that -- those jihadist websites are a little less effective." State Department Press Briefing, 26 July 2007. The question referred to the Middle East Media Research Institute's Islamist Websites Monitor Project.