While Sweden’s “youth” were continuing to set portions of the country on fire and a British soldier was nearly beheaded in the streets of London amid chants of “Allahu Akbar,” President Obama was delivering an update on the nation’s war on terror. He warned that America and its allies must remain vigilant for signs of terrorism, noting that periodic attacks by local operatives would be the most likely face of extremism now that al Qaeda is on the run.
In a series of tweets, British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t hesitate to call the machete attack that killed Lee Rigby an act of terrorism.
The United States, though, wasn’t as quick to use the “T” word. While the @barackobama and @whitehouse accounts were silent on the killing, the U.S. Embassy did condemn the attack.
The president issued an official statement reaffirming America’s alliance with Great Britain to oppose “violent extremism and terror” without specifically referring to the machete attack as terrorism.