Suggested Readings: The Islamist Threat in Europe

March 22, 2016

The tragic attack in Brussels underscores the threat of radical Islam to Europe and beyond.  David Wroe, of the Sidney Morning Herald, describes the terrorist threat as “beyond the control” of European authorities.  Mike Gonzalez, of the Daily Signal, calls Europe a “breeding ground for terror.” And Geopolitical Future’s Lili Bayer points out that the attacks “… highlight  Europe’s new reality.”  This is not a new threat, but an old one that has been ignored or mishandled for some time.  As Tony Blair pointed out in a 2014 speech:

For the last 40 to 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytising, organising and promulgating coming out of the Middle East, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous. Unfortunately we seem blind to the enormous global impact such teaching has had and is having. … The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalisation. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.

Given the growing violence in Paris and Brussels and other places in Europe, it seems he is correct.




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