|Who was not at the "Countering Violent Extremism" conference|
is almost as interesting as who was [Image Source]
Bearing in mind the media gave (and got) very little information about who participated (and who didn't), the article offers up some startling profiles, leading to this conclusion:
President Obama rightly stated that these threats emanate from destructive themes and worldviews, but the answer isn’t to deny that that there is an extremist interpretation of Islam that is the source of these destructive worldviews. And the answer isn’t to give a platform to gradualist Islamists whose final goal is the establishment of a global caliphate and forceful implementation of sharia law, just like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The answer is to exalt those who offer an alternative narrative altogether.