Jeffrey Goldberg: Europe Is Under Siege

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The Charlie Hebdo massacre represents a direct attack on perhaps the most crucial Western ideal.

 writes: The European Parliament complex in Brussels, where I happen to be sitting at the moment, is meant to be a monument to post-World War II continental ideals of peaceable integration, tolerance, free speech, and openness. All of these notions seem to be under attack at once, and what is striking to me, as a relatively frequent visitor to Europe over the past year, is that not many people—until a few hours ago, at least—seem to believe that their union, and their basic freedoms, are under threat.

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The massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo falls into the category of events that are shocking in their intensity and brutality, but not at all surprising. This attack, which killed at least 12 people, including journalists and two police officers, was utterly, completely predictable.prisoners-goldberg

[Check out Jeffrey Goldberg’s book “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror” at Amazon]

The brittle, peevish, and often-violent campaign to defend the honor of Allah and his prophet (both of whom, one might think, are capable of defending themselves with lightning bolts and cataclysmic floods and such, should they choose to be offended by cartoons) has been pursued in earnest since the 1989 Iranian-led crusade (I use the word advisedly) to have Salman Rushdie murdered for writing a book. In 2011, of course, the offices of Charlie Hebdo were firebombed—the equivalent of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, an attack that should have told us more about long-term jihadist intentions than it unfortunately did.

Anti-Israel demonstrators atop a Trafalgar lion (Luke MacGregor/Reuters )

Anti-Israel demonstrators atop a Trafalgar lion (Luke MacGregor/Reuters )

And Europe has had specific, sometimes fatal, warnings about the capabilities and desires of jihadists in recent months—the car attacks in France, conducted by men shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and, most obviously, the assault on the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May, in which four people were murdered, allegedly by Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen of Algerian origin who apparently spent time in the Middle East in the employ of ISIS.

I visited the Brussels Jewish Museum on Tuesday and got a glimpse of Europe’s future: Entering the museum is a bit like breaking into a prison. Barricades and unfriendly police outside; suspicious looks and CCTV surveillance; wanding and bag checks. All necessary, and, to be sure, Europe’s Jews, and its Jewish institutions, have been living in a semi-besieged manner for some time. But these measures will spread, by necessity….(read more)

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JEFFREY GOLDBERG is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror


2 Comments on “Jeffrey Goldberg: Europe Is Under Siege”

  1. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. Unarmed police, open borders, non existent immigration standards, free (at the working man’s expense) or cheap food, housing, welfare and health care. “Can’t we all just get along” attitude. slap on the wrist justice and more concern for the style of clothing one wears or the wine they drink and what the HE double hockey sticks do you expect?


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