3 months ago
European security policy discourses over the past year have been dominated by one commonly agreed upon phenomenon: the admission - or realization - that our continent is facing security challenges that have a fundamental, unprecedented and so far seemingly unstoppable effect on our safety.
This was a result of several complex phenomena adding up to negative tendencies which - at least experience shows us so - are much more difficult to revert than would have been to prevent. The problem is also compounded by the fact that the various branches of politics, military, intelligence and law enforcement have diverging answers - or are at least attempting to formulate them.
With this in mind, it is very alarming to see that the ever so powerful moguls of the military-industrial complex, in concert with the all too eager NATO supreme command have embarked on a major arms race.
The main issue here is that while we are amassing armament against a potential Russian invasion, the continent is being assaulted by quite different forces coming from another direction altogether, typically in mass and on foot.
The real enemy - we may call it ISIS, Islam fundamentalism or Jihadism - is a terminal threat to Europe amounting to a real pestilence. And the heads of the multi-layered European security architecture are quite spectacularly ignorant of this great threat.
Even worse, some countries are now planning to recruit foreign nationals into their armed forces. So not only are we amassing rockets and cannons inside our borders, but we are quite intent on surrendering the launch button to the foreigners intent on our destruction.