More than 350 people were injured, 99 critically, after co-ordinated attacks targeting a number of different locations – including a concert venue, cafes and restaurants and the country’s national football stadium. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that ISIS and radical Islam are waging war – not only with France or the United States, but with the Western world.
Poland can not accept migrants relocated under a European Union quota system after the attacks in Paris without security guarantees, its incoming European affairs minister said on Saturday, in a sign that the attacks may seriously undermine EU refugee policy.
In Croatia, which has become the main Balkan country of transit for migrants, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic reminded that “closing (borders) and barbed wire does not prevent these kind of tragedies”.
France’s firm belief that Islamic State militants planned the attacks-and the possibility that at least one assailant may have posed as a Syrian refugee-are fueling arguments over whether Europe is doing enough to protect itself from terrorists who might infiltrate the thousands of migrants arriving daily from the Middle East and elsewhere. And in August, three Americans thwarted a potential terrorist attack when they disarmed a Moroccan gunman who tried to open fire on a packed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. He must see that those who organized these attacks and those who perpetrated them are exactly those refugees flee and not the reverse.
ISIS had previously pledged to hide operatives among the legitimate refugees entering Europe. The attacks come as Europe is divided and vulnerable to social and economic shocks. As well as more security measures, we need tighter control of the European borders, but also of the national borders.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker firmly defended on Sunday the EU’s hotly-contested plan to redistribute refugees across Europe despite calls by Poland to scrap the scheme after the deadly attacks in Paris.
Poland, a country of 38 million, has to date taken in a few 200 Syrian Christian migrants under the auspices of a private foundation.
Even if this turns out not be so, the fear that terrorists are hiding amongst refugees will increase and will be used by anti-immigrant politicians.
At an global summit meeting in Turkey Sunday, Ms. Merkel characterized the need to secure the EU’s external borders as “decisive” and said illegal immigration by refugees needed to be replaced as quickly as possible by a legal mechanism. Ted Cruz said in an interview on Fox News.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas running well behind front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, also took aim at Obama’s resettlement plans.
Germany’s president is striking a defiant tone against terrorism during an annual event honoring those killed by war and violent oppression in the country.
Ahead of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton, the front-runner, tweeted her condolences to the victims.