Tuesday 23 January 2018

Militant Islamism - the deadly enemy we are too uncomfortable to acknowledge

'They can, we now know, shut down the very beating heart of Europe. This is the future'
'They can, we now know, shut down the very beating heart of Europe. This is the future'
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Of all the arresting images to emerge from Paris and Brussels, one of the most disturbing was the sight of normally bustling Belgian streets completely deserted during the day.

Brussels, effectively, became a ghost city as schools were shut down, the Metro cancelled, businesses closed and the only people on the streets seemed to be heavily armed cops and soldiers - a far cry from the business-as-usual attitude you would expect from a town that is the headquarters of both the EU and NATO.

Not only can a bunch of nuts with AK-47s and some Semtex waistcoats slaughter more than 100 innocent revellers in the Parisian night, they can also, we now know, shut down the very beating heart of Europe itself.

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