Regaining Control in An Unsettled Europe
Saturday, 14 November 2015
In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, explains why extremists must not be allowed to capitalise on Europe's insecurity (Washington Post)
“Objectively speaking, the unprecedented, bloody terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night were not related to the European refugee crisis that has rumbled on for many months. Certainly the attacks could not have been caused by France’s acceptance of refugees because France, unlike Germany and Sweden, has not been accepting large numbers of refugees. Nor is it credible to believe that recently arrived refugees from the Syrian war were primarily responsible for organizing a complex series of attacks. People who climbed mountains or crossed the Mediterranean on rafts did not arrive in France and transform themselves immediately into armed terrorist killers."
"Europe now needs to restore security, stability, and confidence. France and its allies will have to show that it is possible both to maintain a tolerant society and to fight—fiercely, competently—against the institutionalized terrorism of ISIS. In the longer term, Europe needs a consistent military strategy designed not to control ISIS but to destroy it. In the short term, in order to preserve freedom of movement within its borders and to prevent a wave of far-right governments from taking power, Europe as a whole must reassert control over its outer borders, create refugee processing centers at entry points and patrol its coasts.”
“Compassion is vital, and the victims of Syria’s brutal war cannot be forgotten. Eventually it may even be possible to resettle some of them inside the E.U. But they need to be supported, accepted and invited in an orderly manner, as Europe has historically accepted refugees in the past. There isn’t a choice. If Europe itself becomes dysfunctional, then Europe will be incapable of helping anyone else.”
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