Terror threat demands a methodical response
The human impulse to recoil from horror is understandable. In the last couple of weeks we have seen families and toddlers deliberately mown down, shoppers shot dead, concert-goers blown up - and now the murder of a frail and elderly priest during Mass. Who would not wish to turn away from such barbarism?
But the spate of lone wolf attacks must be confronted. The more brutal and savage the atrocity, the more resolute and methodical we must be in rooting out the extremists. A security response commensurate to the threat is essential. That means coordination and cooperation across the globe.
It does not mean feeding into paranoia or stoking hatred and resentment, as the terrorists would wish.