It is the sacred month of Ramadan, and the perfect time for the Islamic war on infidels: seven were killed Saturday night in multiple attacks in London. That makes three jihad attacks on their British soil in two months. But the British will “carry on”.
The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the terrorists “cowards” striking “innocent” people. But here the only cowards were not three Islamic warriors who were ready to die for their own ideology, but Mr. Khan running away from his responsibilities and mocking his own public.
Europe has not yet understood the lesson. It seems that Islamic terrorism is not “real” in the old continent, but a disturbing disruption in the sweet routine of the British pubs. Going to Ariana Grande’s concerts is our “best response to terrorism.” Going to a Christmas Market in Berlin is our “best response to terrorism.” Going to the mall in Stockholm is our “best response to terrorism.” Going to the beach in Nice is our “best response to terrorism.” Going around with a pencil after the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre is our “best response to terrorism.” Going to the Cambodian restaurant in Paris is our “best response to terrorism” …. There are no limits to the liberal fantasies about how to defeat Jihad. Is letting the Jihadists kill us our final “best response to terrorism”?
It seems that after every attack, the European public already has some candles left over from the previous carnage. But Europe could do more than trying to defeat Islamic terrorism with pencils and holograms. Europe could learn from the State of Israel to live “with” terror, not “in” terror. For 70 years, the Jewish State has been living with these carnages.
What does Israel do when a terrorist kills twenty-two civilians? It razes his house to the ground. And with Islamic preachers of hate? It bans them. In Egypt, General Al Sisi closed hundreds of Salafite mosques. Why can’t Europe do the same? Israel uses “administrative detention” in special cases, which allows the state to hold and interrogate a suspect for fourteen days without a lawyer. Is this so unthinkable in Europe? In Israel, every school, sports center and supermarket is protected by armed guards. Is Europe waiting for a new Beslan? In Israel, after a terror attack, the affected places do not become sites for secular pilgrimages. Israel rebuilds and moves on
Israel and Europe are on the same side. Both are fighting both Islamic terrorism and Islamic radicalism, both are at the center of a religious conflict. And this conflict has chosen Europe as the main front. But while Israel has learned to defend itself, Europe is continuing with hippie peace clichés. Can you imagine Winston Churchill proclaiming “Pray for Poland” after the Nazi invasion? That would be possible today.
If Europe continues to embrace docile submission, the Jews there are advised to go to magnificent Israel. And the last European free men and women should move to Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
These days, Europe looks like a poem by T. S Eliot: “Hurry up, please, it’s time.”
Giulio Meotti, cultural editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author. He is the author of three books: A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism (Encounter Books); J’Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel (Mantua Books), and La fine dell’Europa, about the Christian and demographic decline in Europe. He is a columnist at Arutz Sheva and his writings have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, FrontPage, Commentary, and The Geller Report.
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