Europe’s silent war with terrorism

The attacks on Europe dating from the beginning of 2015 to date are evident of a silent war going on within the continent. The war might not involve missiles and armored tanks, but that makes it even more dangerous.


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Remember the Charlie Hebdo attack of January 2015 where two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way with assault rifles into the offices of the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. They killed 12 people that day.

In Nov 2015 (same year), Paris was attacked again by extremists in a series of coordinated attacks. Three suicide bombers struck outside the French national stadium (Stade de France) followed by shootings at cafes and restaurants. 130 people died that day.

In March 2016, the Belgium Brussels bombing claimed 35 lives.

In July 2016, the Nice truck attack claimed 86 lives. A certain Mohammed Bouhlel, Tunisian resident in France, was the driver of the truck.

May 2017, a British Muslim, Salma Ramadan Abedi, detonated a bomb at the exit of the Manchester arena after a musical concert. 23 people died that day, adults and children.

The Barcelona van attack of August 2017 killed 14 people.

Europe is at war, but the war is not the one we see in movies, it’s war against terrorism. It’s a silent war, silent because the suspects are like needles in a haystack that covers even more needles.

Over the past two years, Europe has taken in millions of displaced Muslims. This is also a factor because you don’t know which Muslim is an extremist. And you can’t say Europe shouldn’t take in Muslims because besides religion we are all human beings and we must help each other in time of need.

So what can Europe do since Muslims can’t possibly be sent away? What Europe can do is come up with more ingenious ways to fish out these terrorists and potential terrorists.

Potential terrorists pose an even bigger problem than known terrorists, because fighting potentiality leads to paranoia. Europe wants to maintain a healthy level of sanity while fighting terrorism.

This is the worst war ever, worst because it’s killing Europe from within, just like cancer.




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