After the worst attacks in their
history, the Spanish and Norwegian governments had the courage to respond
differently from the Anglo-American mimetic knee-jerk response - an example
France should follow.
Ironically, as political distrust and dissatisfaction are at all-time highs in Europe, the vast majority of people are still willing to give unprecedented powers to the leaders they don’t like or trust.
In 2006, a conversation before a large
audience in Rotterdam on the role that Muslims should play in European
societies took place, between Dyab Abou Jahjah, then president of the Arab
European League with its Antwerp headquarters, and Tariq Ramadan. openDemocracy’s
Editor was there. Archive.
"It is a France made up of diversity, plurality, of people coming together and mixing, that the terror wants to shut down, to silence through fear, to make disappear through horror. And it is this open society that we must defend because it is our most secure and lasting protection against terrorism."
After the Paris attacks there is a desperate desire on the part of major news organizations to create and drive the narrative of terror attacks, when what they should be doing is questioning and interrogating narratives.