Waleed Aly, host of the Australian talk show "The Project," gave an incredibly impassioned, now-viral speech following the Paris attacks.
While politicians in the US are busy spreading hateful messages and denouncing Muslims and refugees, Aly offered a much-needed call for unity as well as important perspective on ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State and Daesh) and its objectives.
People are hurting right now; they are scared, they are angry and they want someone to blame for the attacks. Aly acknowledged all of this, but aptly stated,
Indeed, ISIS wants to spread disunity, which is precisely why our greatest weapon against these terrorists is solidarity.
We can't blame all Muslims for the abhorrent acts of a small group of extremists. We can't ignore the plight of refugees, who are running away from terrorism, because we've allowed cowardly individuals who attack civilians to instill fear in our hearts.
ISIS wants to split the world in two, but we can't let it.
Standing together and embracing diversity is our greatest weapon against these terrorists. Fear is ISIS' greatest weapon; don't give in.
Aly reminded us ISIS wants to us to be afraid and hostile, and it's not as powerful as it wants us to believe.
He noted ISIS wants us to fear Islam, as it wants to be seen as a legitimate representative of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims (but it's not).
He warned ISIS wants the West and other countries to see Muslims as enemies; it's part of its strategy. But the fact is, ISIS has killed more Muslims than any other group.
It's very simple: If you don't want to help ISIS, don't contribute to hateful dialogue. This is precisely why Aly is calling for global unity. It's the opposite of what ISIS wants.
Aly's powerful message and plea for solidarity touched a lot of people and he's received widespread applause on Twitter.
Watch the video of Aly's poignant and potent speech below.