State of Emergency

Hollande_speech_FGiIn the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, France has declared a state of emergency that will last at least three months and Brussels has remained locked down for days on end, while the now oft-maligned Molenbeek district experiences a steady of diet of police raids. By 23 November, France had conducted over a thousand police searches, around 140 interrogations, and placed over a hundred people in custody. But is all this the answer? Admittedly, some of these activities are a long-overdue response to a festering problem, but it easily risks spilling over into a counterproductive campaign if it has not already done so. So what should be done? The answer to that question requires a clear understanding of what happened and the events that led to the Friday the 13th attacks. Continue reading