The hard lesson from Strasbourg

The hard lesson from Strasbourg

Souad Sbai: The hard lesson from Strasbourg

By Souad Sbai

Terrorism: Europe still does not learn the lesson and if it has learned it, it still does not act accordingly. Tragically, once again Christmas reminds us that the strategies to combat terrorism applied so far are inadequate.

The media focuses on reconstructing the profile and story of Cherif, the man who on December 11 fired at people who were in the Strasbourg Christmas markets causing the death of three people and more than a dozen wounded. But there is a fact of crucial importance: the terrorist was ready to kill at any moment and had been released despite the fact that the competent authorities were already aware of his condition of “radicalized”. This is the usual pattern followed by the terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent years in France, Belgium and Germany (Have we forgotten the Christmas markets in Berlin?).

Therefore, the security policies carry out by European governments continue to fail, both in preventing the terrorist threat from being formed and in preventing the threat, once it is formed, from materializing. In the first case, if we now speak of “radicalization”, it means that in Europe the ideological indoctrination, which subsequently leads to terrorism, enjoys extended freedom talking about recruiting new followers and candidates for “martyrs” in favor of jihad. Of course, the finger points at the Muslim Brotherhood, that thanks to the Qatari funding continue to advance their extremist agenda in European territory through a vast network of mosques, associations and preachers and also using the most sophisticated and effective online grooming system.

To associate the Strasbourg attack with the positions recently taken by Paris supporting the moderate Arab world is not a rumor. Therefore, the information revealed by the press institutions of the Middle East about the presence of agitators belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood among the “yellow vests” in order to destabilize the French government following the model of the Arab Spring, is not a rumor.

If the “structure” of the Muslim Brotherhood’s proselytizing will not be demolished, its terrorist “superstructure” will not cease to reap victims, thanks to the freedom of movement and action granted to people whose radicalization was verified by the competent authorities. Why do not laws grant preventive custody to those people? Policy must intervene and establish more adequate laws that can guarantee the safety of citizens. However, from this point of view there are no steps forward and once again, the approach of Christmas proves.

What about Italy? Perhaps Italy thinks that by bowing the head in front of the Qatari emirs, Italy gains security in his Christmas markets. the succession of arrests, expulsions and thwarted terrorist attacks is the result of the expansion of the “structure” of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the peninsula. But the ruling class – from Quirinale downwards – continues to turn a blind eye to this expansion. The truth is that in Italy the threat was formed long ago. How long will the security forces continue to succeed in stopping terrorist attacks?


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