Thursday 24 August 2017

Forget luxury of protecting privacy - safety is all that matters

A young fan consoled in Manchester Photo: AP Photo/Rui Vieira
A young fan consoled in Manchester Photo: AP Photo/Rui Vieira
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The suicide bombing attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester must be seen for what it is - an act of cold, calculated terrorism. Regardless of whether the bomber acted on behalf of a terrorist cell or was a 'lone wolf', he remains a cold-blooded terrorist.

Exploding a bomb at an event full of teenagers strikes right to the core of any nation's sense of security. Those who perpetrate attacks such as this walk freely among us, yet we do not see them because, for the most part, their faces are familiar. Just what does a terrorist actually look like?

In an age of habitual terrorist attacks, is it time for all nations in Europe to strengthen their domestic security arrangements? People need to be identifiable. EU states should share information relating to known criminals on a pan-European database and people should be obliged to carry an official form of identification at all times. Yes, civil liberties campaigners and anarchists will decry this as an invasion of our privacy, but can we really afford that luxury anymore? Is it that much of an imposition if it means our streets could be safer?

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