In the last 30 days, there have been 147 terrorist attacks chronicled by the Religion of Peace website. ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates have spread to Western and Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and now Europe.
Many parts of Europe are not only a safe haven for terrorists, but Europe is facing an immediate and existential threat. Brussels isn’t a real country and was made into a buffer between Germany and France during World War II. It has no real sovereignty and no real culture. It’s a Potemkin country that is ripe for terrorists needing a base of operations.
The EU members are not serious about dealing with the threat. Their open borders have permitted easy transport from country to country for these terrorists. The Europeans equate open borders with freedom and democracy.
Anyone with a European passport can come to the US without a visa which means their threat is our threat.
Belgium on Monday released the sole suspect prosecutors had arrested directly in relation to the Brussels terror attacks. They said there was a lack of evidence. Belgians are laying flowers and marching for peace while terrorists plot.
Dozens of attack cells and hundreds of jihadis are probably at large in Europe, as intelligence from the Brussels attack point to a sprawling terror network ISIS has developed for years.
Intelligence and counter-terrorism officials in Europe and the mid-East talk of a dynamic, multi-faceted threat since ISIS moved to funnel resources to exporting violence and terror to its enemies abroad.
Not having an effective strategy to destroy ISIS has led them to metastasize and become more of an imminent threat to the West.
One intelligence advisor to Iraqi intelligence said it is his assessment that there are four levels of operation in Europe: “field level, middle level, Europe level and a general co-ordinator between Europe and Isis territory.”
He believes that security forces have only gone after field level and directors.
Jean-Charles Brisard, who chairs the Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism, said that for ISIS “territorial expansion and terrorism abroad go together.” Financial Times has the details.
Michael Leiter, the former Director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center under Bush and Obama until 2011, issued this startling fact.
“… there’s a second, more strategical piece here, which is really striking. This is the first time since 9/11 that we have had a cell or a network in the West conducting an attack, and then it survives to fight another day and launch another attack. And this is after four months of intense investigation.”
When Todd asked him if it ever happened before, Leiter said “it never happened.”
“Well, in Brussels is a worse safe haven than some other places, but regrettably, lots of western Europe is a safe haven. Because what the European Union’s created is wonderful for the free movement of people and goods and commerce. But it’s terrible from a security perspective. So the borderless society still has very much bordered, isolated intelligence services. And those countries have to come up with multilateral sharing arrangements amongst law enforcement intelligence that don’t exist today.”
Devin Nunes told Shannon Bream on Fox News Sunday that the ISIS threat is not only from returning fighters, it’s also the threat from the radicalization and training of refugees in camps. Thousands have gone to Syrian training camps and returned.
Nunes said, “The longer this refugee program goes unchecked, the longer that we don’t take care of ISIS and al Qaeda, the more that this threat will grow day by day.”
We can’t forget al Qaeda. Al Qaeda carried out a similar attack in Paris.