Terrorism in Europe and the clash of civilizations

A French soldier patrols the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Europeans are already coming to the realization that fighting terrorism will require an increase in security measures at the expense of some freedoms (source: dpa)
  • Terrorism has become prevalent in Europe due to globalization and the internet
  • Terrorist groups’ ideological and strategic asymmetries in relation to European states gives them an advantage
  • To survive, Europe will need to engage more strongly in the fight against terror

Europe is under attack from global terrorism. Europeans are in shock, and no solution is in sight. The problem is globalized and asymmetrical to the strengths of the West; victory requires a close examination of global terrorist networks’ origins, and the asymmetries from which they derive their power. Of course, terrorism is not a new phenomenon. But what is new today is its global dimension. For about a decade, such terrorism has laid siege to European society. Just as in the United States after September 11, 2001, so today in Europe, the debate over this danger has begun. The Europeans do not shoot from the hip like those American cowboys did, but their response is no less regrettable.

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