history of left-wing militancy in Europe suggests that police raids,
surveillance techniques, and ‘anti-radicalization’ efforts will not end the
jihadist insurgency. The more important struggle lies elsewhere.
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.
William Binney and Kirk Wiebe worked at the NSA for decades,
before blowing the whistle on mass surveillance. They say they invented a
surveillance system that could have given citizens more freedom and security….
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.
In legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and the world) forgets that it selectively grieves all the time. We must acknowledge our ineptitude at dealing with human suffering and show solidarity with all. عربي