Something you will not - anyway should not - have missed in Obama's Cairo speech on Thursday were passages like these:
In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as president to protect the American people.
[W]e do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there. It is agonising for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case.
That's why we're partnering with a coalition of 46 countries. And despite the costs involved, America's commitment will not weaken. Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists. They have killed in many countries. They have killed people of different faiths – more than any other, they have killed Muslims. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.
Some commentators have been muttering that Obama did not use the word 'terrorists'. That's right; he said 'violent extremists'. Who could he have meant? Last week he said to the New York Times that '[p]art of America's "battle against terrorist extremists involves changing the hearts and minds of the people they recruit from"'. All in all, a FKATWOT - number 22.