The leaders of NATO are not taking the threat of radical Islamic extremism seriously and they lack the courage to address the dangers posed by terrorism, Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News on Friday.
"NATO and their leaders are not serious. They're not taking this threat seriously, and there are other leaders in the world like them who lack political and moral courage to see the truth and to tell their people the truth. That's what they're not doing," said Keane, a retired four-star general who chairs the Institute for the Study of War.
The way to defeat terrorist groups was to "crush them" when they develop safe havens, Keane maintained. This has not been done in Syria, where ISIS has been allowed to "plan, train, recruit, inspire and direct attacks outside of Iraq and Syria," he explained.
As ISIS claims responsibility for attacks around the world, Keane said many of the countries in Europe were helping the problem expand by failing to address the issue.
"Most of these European nations are helping the threat of radical Islam to grow inside their nation. They have open borders. That's a failed policy. Multiculturalism is a failed policy," he said.
Friday marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and the day saw violence in Egypt as gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians, killing 28 people and wounding 25. Keane said the attacks would continue throughout Ramadan, which ends June 24.
"We're going to have a wave of attacks worldwide, unfortunately, because attacks always go up during Ramadan," he said. "They're targeting Christians. They're targeting Jews . . . They kill mostly Muslims because this threat is taking place within the religion of Islam."
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