The city of London has been in the news lately and as good reason can tell; it hasn’t been for all the right reasons.
A string of terrorist attacks has plagued the city leaving Londoners to question the ability of the security establishment in doing their job – to protect them.
It is has become evident to the observing eye that something needs to change in the way security matters are dealt with.
A raft of fixes have been thrown around including a review or total rewriting of the civil liberties that the west is has been known for in an attempt to deal with the problem at hand.
These attacks have played out at a time when Britons were in the middle of election campaign process.
The prime minister Theresa May had called a snap election as a way to ‘strenthen her hand’ at the negotiating table as the UK begins the process to exit the European Union (EU).
Her plan didn’t turnout as expected leaving her with anything but a majority in the parliament, a weaker hand is what she got.
She has now had to form a coalition government.
The Grenfell fire incidence only her election loss off the front pages of major newspapers and other media; and stirred public anger at her government handling of fire.
Pressure on her was only compounded.
It is reported that 58 perished in the fire that gutted the 20 floor building. Preliminary findings at the time found an unresponsive fire alarm system and highly flamable materials to blame.
So much in a span of a few weeks.
The threat of terrorism has grown over the years shifting from attacks effected by terrorists from lands afar to attacks effected by people from those very communities; a trend that has been termed as ‘home-grown terrorism.’
The individuals are radicalised by consumption of videos produced by terrorist organisations.
They are literally talked into carryingout these terrorist attacks.
Most of the recent attacks have been carriedout by ‘lone’ attackers who have never gone to jihad training camps in the middle east.
The effective use of the internet as a radicalisation tool by jihadist organisations has led to governments piling pressure on social networking sites and video streaming sites like Youtube to regulate content on their platforms.
Law enforment agencies have had extensive legal battles with social networking companies in an attempt to gain access to what are often secure sites.
In the grand scheme of things, the influx of refugees is viewed as a security risk with head of the EU’s police agency warning of the potential for attacks as EU citizens who have been fighting alongside terrorist movements, such as the Islamic state, return to their countries of origin.
Islamic state continues to loose more ground as opposing forces of the Syrian army backed by it’s alies advance as well as strikes from the US led coalition inflict more losses; forcing some of the fighters of European origin to their return home countries.
This state of affairs is not helped by reports of some terrorists escaping to other countries disguised as refugees.
That said, I want to bring your attention to the more successful attacks carriedout in the UK versus the many foiled attacks on main land Europe.
It doesn’t add-up, many of these attacks happening post Brexit.
It’s as though Britain is not as safe compared to the other countries that are still part of the EU.
One can safely say: that the UK’s decision to leave the protective walls of the European Union castle have left it vulnerable to attacks by a gang of bandits (terroristis in this case).
Given that main land Europe has an ‘open door’ policy of admiting refugees from countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya it’s interesting to see how attacks are foiled in the EU countries but not foiled in the UK.
This might sound like a conspiracy theory but in the world of unexpected happenings that seem to advance a particular agenda, one can not rule out this text as a possible explanation the recent events.
And with no end in sight to the fight against terrorism coupled with the changing forms of terrorism, the debate on the evil of terrorism and how to deal with it can only grow louder.