Paris Attacks

The Pen and the Sword

Russian Vladimir Putin (C), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker attend a meeting on the sidelines of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Fighting terrorism has changed alliances.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If Europe does not address the causes of terrorism, it will not win the war against terror.

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    • Garry Kasparov is a political activist who attempted to stand against Vladimir Putin in elections in Russia in the 2008 presidential race.
    • In Europe, countries are divided about how best to end the war in Syria and whether or not to support Assad in the fight against IS.
    • IS has killed more than 500 people in attacks around the world in the past two months.
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Evil did not disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Of course, many enemies of the free world were indeed destroyed when the Iron Curtain fell. Others saw their power and reach greatly reduced.

And some, like a cancer in remission but not entirely eradicated, bided their time and waited for better conditions to return.

Now there are once again enemies not only at the gates, but well inside the gates, and, after 25 years of complacency, Europe is culturally, militarily, and rhetorically unprepared to fight them off.

The beloved European soft power tools of economic and political engagement do not deter or weaken an aggressive dictator like Vladimir Putin—they encourage him.

The openness and charity that represent the great European Union experiment at its best also make it all the more vulnerable to terrorist groups like Islamic State and the disruptive impact of immigrant groups that do not return that openness and charity—or in fact resent it.

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