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EDITORIAL

Brussels: 22 March 2016

International jihad hitting the European capital was a surprise from several points of view.

The explosion of the bombs planted by terrorists based in Brussels’ Molenbeek neighbourhood, oversaturated with Islamic immigrants, at the Zaventemn airport and the Maelbeek subway station located close to European institutions, undoubtedly has a meaning that goes beyond the simple terrorist act. It has to be briefly said, terrorist acts have become a reality, a new “normal” in Europe. The infamous acts carried out on March 22 in Brussels are, in a symbolic way, the global jihad’s declaration of war against Europe. EU has been despicably attacked at its leadership centre, without any provocation, unless its very presence and power at global level represents a threat for international jihad. Is it a surprise?

No, it is not a surprise at all. Because in the logic of international jihad, challenger of the global systemic order and willing to change it with one based on the predominance of its own model, hitting the centre of European power was natural. It represents a step in the path of attaining its own goals, just as other actors of global importance have to expect such aggressions. This step has been taken, and the open declaration of war thus pronounced has to be properly answered.

Just as, immediately after 11 September 2001, the U.S. and Europe alike knew who the enemy that had struck was and consequently acted. Back then, NATO invoked Article 5 of its founding treaty, and Europe showed herself ready to defend America. The global war on terrorism was rapidly and devastatingly unleashed, a war yet to be over today. “Nous sommes tous Americains,” France’s ‘Le Monde’ daily headlined, a formula that remains historic for the solidarity of an attacked civilization aware that it has to respond in order to survive.

The reactions of solidarity to the barbaric act carried out on Tuesday morning in Brussels, thus symbolically a declaration of war against the European Union, appeared immediately. Statements of condemnation from various personalities or international institutions, governments and high officials of the world’s religions were heard, bodies capable of identifying and acting in order to annihilate terrorist cells spread worldwide intensified their cooperation at international level. As a result of this comprehensive action of international solidarity, today we have the confidence that terrorism will be answered and answered appropriately this time.

Not because the recent developments in the Middle East have showed this convincingly, but because there are many other arguments in this sense, ISIL or Daesh, the so-called “Islamic Caliphate,” is playing the role of catalyst of terrorist actions at global level, presents itself as inspirer and veritable leadership centre for global jihad. One of the attackers in Brussels was expelled from Turkey last year, so it is possible he may have returned from Syria and Iraq, where the ISIL-controlled territories are, to the Brussels neighbourhood from which he launched the attack. However, beyond speculations of any kind, one could hardly deny that the centre of jihad, the main aggressive instrument – what Al Qaeda was post-911 – of the Islamist-radical global challenge is ISIL. Its annihilation, as fast as possible, through joint international effort, is self-evident.

But today, when Europe was attacked, despite the reaction of condemnation, expressed urbi et orbi, one is surprised by the absence of solidarity in pronouncing the immediate action. This reality, maybe temporary, was expressed by Anne Applebaum, who wrote, on March 23, an article with a shocking title: “Nous ne sommes pas belges” ( httt://www.slate.fr/story/115803/attentats-belgique-unite-isolationnisme ). Is it a surprise? Not at all.

The author brings arguments in support of her opinion. Because – she tells us – a leader of the British anti-EU UKIP party stated immediately that Europe’s open borders represent “a threat for our [the UK’s] security,” thus trying to speculate the event in order to encourage the British electorate to vote in favour of leaving the EU at the referendum in June. And in the U.S., the media is debating the statements made by Republican candidate Donald Trump, who had just stated that the transatlantic organization “is costing us a fortune.”

The author warns that the U.S. is allowing herself inflamed with a “stupid” sentiment, that of isolationism, and that a manly, unanimous and rapid answer to this infamous attack carried out by international jihad is required. She clearly says: “we don’t have a choice: the only way to fight jihadism is through our existing military, economic, and political alliances,” when an aggression hits a friendly nation. The author pleads that there is the need for solidarity, that it is dangerous for petty political passions or geopolitical calculations of imperial or post-imperial chancelleries to use the terrorist events in Brussels in order to promote their own agenda.

Like she wrote on her own Twitter account, whether we are talking about the partisans of Brexit in United Kingdom, the forces locked in a geopolitical game in Syria, the radical political forces in Europe which, in the face of the jihadist threat, are ready to give up basic principles of the European Union, they can position themselves among those who could use the terrorist attacks in Brussels in order to promote their own agenda. Which would be unforgivable.

What is clear today within the perimeter of Western civilization, from Europe to the U.S., from Russia to Japan and India, is that the main enemy of global order is international jihad, and to remove this danger there is the need for solidarity in determined action against it and its main instrument.

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