Following the Paris terrorist attack conducted by ISIS affiliates on Friday, celebrities, politicians, and people throughout the world flooded France with words of support and offers of prayer. On Saturday, Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio released a video addressing the horrific attack.
“What we’re involved in now is a civilizational conflict with radical Islam. This is not a geopolitical issue where they want to conquer territory, and it’s two countries fighting against each other,” Rubio said in a video response to the Paris attacks on Saturday. “They literally want to overthrow our society and replace it with their radical Sunni Islamic view of the future.”
“They do not hate us because we have military assets in the Middle East — they hate us because of our values,” Rubio said. “They hate us because young girls here go to school. They hate us because women drive. They hate us because we have freedom of speech, because we have diversity in our religious beliefs. They hate us because we’re a tolerant society. This is a clash of civilizations. And either they win, or we win.”
Senator Rubio has called for a firmer plan to defeat ISIS for many months. One of the main components of his presidential is a stronger plan to destroy the terrorist group by expanding U.S. efforts in the Middle East.
In an email sent to supporters on Saturday, Rubio said, “These horrors should be a reminder of the conflict we’re engaged in. This is not about mere geopolitical grievances — ISIS and al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups want to destroy our civilization, and they won’t be stopped until we deprive them of their safe havens and destroy them.”
“Like you, I’ve been deeply disturbed and saddened by the horrific attacks that ISIS carried out last night in Paris. I hope you’ll join me in praying for the victims and for the people of France. We need to stand with our allies in France during this difficult time,” the Republican presidential candidate concluded.