Divided we fall: Terrorism and Europe

July 9, 2016


Paris. Bruxelles. Dhaka. Nice. Europe is under attack.                                                                          

Our countries, our homes, seem to be falling in front of the furious attacks of the terrorists. What they want is to create an environment made of scare, terror, madness. Their purpose is to make people feel unsafe in their own towns, in their own houses, spreading fear and panic. They are threatening the most important value of our democracies: freedom. Freedom to travel the world, to enjoy a night out or a meal with some friends, to practice our own religion and most of all, to express thoughts and ideas freely.


Newspapers and journalists talk about terrorism, but, in these cases, it must be said that the right world to use is war. We are at war; these are not just isolated assaults or the madness of one person. This is a battle, and the field is not Syria or Iraq anymore, but Europe. If they can’t defeat us abroad, they have decided to do so here, in our territory. According to the terrorists, we are the enemy and our fault is to believe in values like equality, freedom, independence. We are guilty to think that women have the same rights of men, that religions can live peacefully one along the other, that diversity makes us stronger, not weaker.


During this awful time, what can our representatives do? Firstly, they need to stay united against the common enemy. The fall of European institutions would only give to the world the image of a suffering community that can be attacked and destroyed easily. People all around Europe must be aware that our principles, the ones who inspired European Union’s founders, have been attacked. For this reason, the best weapon is to prove these killers that people are not afraid, that they will always fight to protect the ideals they believe in.


Therefore, despite all the economic and financial problems that European Union is currently dealing with, politicians have an important job: share in people minds the idea that the victims were not just French, Belgian or Italian people, but they were, most of all, Europeans. Terrorists are not enemies of France or Belgium, but of Europe and of the values that its institutions represent.


But, while white towels are covering the bodies of the victims, and politicians discuss the next move to be made, a single question flies between European citizens: who will be next?



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