Friday 24 November 2017

Declan Power: Prevention and intervention the key to stopping similar atrocities

A police officer of the Counter Terrorism Centre with sub-machine gun patrols at a Christmas market in downtown Budapest as security has been beefed up at venues visited by large number of people after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing several people. Photo: Janos Marjai/MTI via AP
A police officer of the Counter Terrorism Centre with sub-machine gun patrols at a Christmas market in downtown Budapest as security has been beefed up at venues visited by large number of people after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing several people. Photo: Janos Marjai/MTI via AP

Declan Power

The terror attack in Berlin was no surprise to the security and intelligence community around Europe. For some time now an attack was expected, particularly in Germany.

It has a significant Islamic population, and has demonstrated fault lines in its society that have been taken note of by extremist ideologues.

If an Islamic-Salafist terrorist is looking for a country that is showing hesitancy in how to manage matters such as counter-terrorism, integration and refugee resettlement, then Germany is it.

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