Vice President Joe Biden this weekend addressed the American people following terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, Iraq and Nigeria.

The terror attacks, and the subsequent threats to the United States by ISIS, has largely shaken Americans. Biden worked to address those fears saying, “in the wake of these terrible events, I understand the anxiety that many Americans feel. I really do. I don’t dismiss the fear of a terrorist bomb going off. There’s nothing President Obama and I take more seriously though, than keeping the American people safe.”

He warned that ISIS’ goal is to create a “clash between civilizations,” but warned that “this gang of thugs peddling a warped ideology, they will never prevail.”

“The world is united in our resolve to end their evil. And the only thing ISIL can do is spread terror in hopes that we will in turn, turn on ourselves. We will betray our ideals and take actions, actions motivated by fear that will drive more recruits into the arms of ISIL. That’s how they win. We win by prioritizing our security as we’ve been doing. Refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance. That’s who we are. That’s how we win,” Biden said in an address from the White House.

He also urged against focusing the fear and anxiety against Syrian refugees, saying that they go through an extensive vetting process before being considered to come to the United States. “Let’s also remember who the vast majority of these refugees are: women, children, orphans, survivors of torture, people desperately in need medical help,” Biden said.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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