Spirit of all Europeans will never be broken by purveyors of barbarism
A little more than a year ago a truck mowed through crowds marking Bastille Day - more than 80 people were killed. This time it was Barcelona's colourful Las Ramblas that turned into a killing zone when a driver used a delivery van as a tool of terrorism. This was just Isil's latest declaration of war on all we cherish. But fun and freedom do not have a nationality, they belong to us all, and they will not be taken away by deluded fundamentalists, blinded with hate and zealotry.
Hearts across Europe will break for the 14 victims and the more than 130 injured. There is a consolation in the fact that swift reaction from the Spanish police has undoubtedly prevented the suspects in both the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils perpetrating more horrors.
The threat posed by the jihadis is all too clear and present but it will be defeated. Their goal to make us more fearful, suspicious and hateful will fail. Even if we can no longer be surprised by the barbarism and calculated cruelty: for we saw it in Manchester, and we saw it in the carnage in the Bataclan theatre where 89 concert goers were massacred. It was one of the survivors of that atrocity, Kelly Le Guen, who after enduring the suffocating terror emerged with dignity to ask: "Imagine if every café and restaurant where someone was killed in Paris had to close. There would be no more cafés left to go to..."