Paris Terror Attacks An Alarm Bell for Liberal, Borderless Europe

Paris Terror Attacks An Alarm Bell for Liberal, Borderless Europe

Paris Terror Attacks An Alarm Bell for Liberal, Borderless Europe

The attack on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket last January proved that Islamic extremists regarded themselves as at war with France. It is now clear to everyone – including some French public figures who have resisted the idea – that, as President Hollande said on Saturday, France is now at war with Islamic extremists.

Because the enemy is already within – and the eight terrorists killed in the attacks in Paris are merely the tip of the iceberg – fighting this war will be unpleasant, difficult and controversial.

The website of Le Figaro, the conservative French newspaper, proclaimed that there was “war in the heart of Paris”. It is a mood widely shared by the French people, whose attitudes have themselves been radicalised by these terrible events.

Above all, we must realise that although this atrocity will change things in France quite profoundly, it is an alarm call to the rest of Europe, to us, and to the whole of Western civilisation.

We are all at war with Islamic extremism. The 128 people murdered in Paris could just as easily have been murdered in London, Berlin, Amsterdam or Rome. French politicians now see clearly that these attacks are a game-changer in terms of how their nation protects itself against this terrorism: so must the rest of Europe’s political class.

 

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