Etter et hel dag med europeisk bla-bla om Brussel-terroren, er det amerikanske medier som formulerer det som burde ligge åpent i dagen:
As explosions rocked the airport and the metro in Brussels this morning, fears grew that the threat of terrorism is morphing into the threat of guerrilla war in Europe.
Geriljakrig i Europa, er et spørsmål som burde gi seg selv, gitt den kurven vi har sett siden angrepet på Charlie Hebdo 7. januar i fjor.
Angrepene skjer i aksen Paris-Brussel, men kan meget godt utvides. Fransk og britisk politi har i mange måneder advart om at faren er overhengende. For bare noen få dager siden ble det meldt om at Europa kan forvente mange angrep i flere land, på en gang. Men ingenting av dette husker mediene når det smeller. Det virker ikke som de tar det alvorlig.
Amerikanerne ser Europa bedre enn europeerne gjør selv.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said it was clear Europe was no longer simply the victim of a series of isolated terror attacks. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war,” he said. “We are at war.”
As French scholar Gilles Kepel has pointed out, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, which carried out the Paris attacks and which presumably was involved in today’s bombings, is following a playbook written more than a decade ago: The Call for an International Islamic Resistance by Abu Musab al Suri, a Syrian jihadi.
Det burde være nok av tidligere revolusjonære europeiske ledere som gjenkjenner al Suris tanker:
Suri knew Europe well. He had lived for a while in Britain, in the community of Arab and Muslim exiles there. His core idea was that Muslims in the West, though increasingly numerous, felt themselves isolated and under pressure, and this could be exploited to create a breakdown of society, develop insurgency, and launch a civil war where the forces of Islam eventually would be victorious.
Acts of terror, dubbed “resistance,” would heighten the already existing “Islamophobia,” and “exacerbate the contradictions,” as communist revolutionaries used to say, until hatred and suspicion ran high and integration became impossible.
Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. “Europe is facing a real threat from the thousands who have traveled abroad to Syria and Iraq to train with ISIS, and have returned home. It is enormously difficult to track all of them, or defend soft targets like those attacked in Brussels and previously in Paris,” Schiff said.
Brynjar Lia har skrevet bok om Abu Musab al-Suri: