Is lone-wolf terrorism the new normal in Europe?

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In the London Bridge attack, the terrorists ran over people on a truck and if that was not enough, started slitting peoples’ throat and other body parts with knives. This is the new form of terrorism that has taken birth in Europe of late.

Within 3 recent months, there have been 3 terror attacks in the UK. The common thread binding all three attacks is, no not just ISIS, but the modus operandi of the attack i.e. they have been carried out by individuals “inspired” by the philosophy of Islamic Caliphate.

In the London Bridge attack, the terrorists ran over people on a truck and if that was not enough, started slitting peoples’ throat and other body parts with knives. This is the new form of terrorism that has taken birth in Europe of late. To understand this fully, imagine for a minute that you were there at the London Bridge that Saturday evening with your wife and kids or a friend, strolling lazily and enjoying the mystic breeze off Thames. And then bang!! You see a truck running over people, girls and boys, young and old killing or injuring them as it did so. At first, you think it’s an accident and lo before you confirm your thoughts, 3 crazy men come running towards you shouting ‘allah hu akhbar’ or something similar.. What would you do, how would you feel, what will your family feel, how would you save your kids? Would you run, would you fight them back, or would you help others?

My gut feeling says you would just freeze there, motionless and dumbstruck and just wait for the knife to reach your throat. This is the real definition of ‘being terrorized’. In case you happen to be lucky and by work of fate escape death, you will be so damn scared for life that you would never want to ‘cross any bridge’ (literally and not figuratively) ever in your life again.

In the conventional form of terrorism where there is mass bombing you are not terrorised at all because you are dead in an instant but in this new form, you die a million deaths by the time the knife reaches your throat. Kind a scary isn’t ? Also, what makes it even more terrorizing is this – organised planned attacks can be nipped in the bud through intelligence; you know that the CIA or the NIA or some other A is on their job, but there is absolutely no way to control the lone wolves; they can come from anywhere ANYTIME and all they need is a stolen truck or a kitchen knife. And with the support of the respective dhimmi Govts, they are only becoming more and more uncontrollable.

The potential of such lone wolves to create terror has been realized by the likes of ISIS, LeT etc and with time they will use them even more to further their agenda. And as common citizens we can do nothing about it but be more alert and conscious, especially in a crowded place and if allowed by law, carry a gun or a kitchen knife or both….Put out all we have to avoid this becoming the new normal.

And in the meantime, let us keep continuing our mumbo jumbo like ‘we will not be defeated’ ‘the youth was misguided’, ‘it’s part and parcel of big city life’, ‘terror has no religion’ etc etc..

And yes, do go out for those ‘candle light marches’ – very important.

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