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The terror events of the past year – in the western world – have showcased several points. Among them are these:
1). The fact that while the authorities are very good (for the most part) at thwarting organized, foreign-sponsored groups of terrorists, their ability to prevent a self-motivated jihadist is severely lacking. It is severely lacking and shall continue to be thus while we enjoy a relatively free society. Moreover, I doubt any readers would want to trade freedom for complete safety…or actually, the illusion of safety.
2). The fact that legislation and referendums and executive actions have no effect on those who have decided to become terrorists, since it is endemic of that particular group to flaunt any laws outside their own. Witness that France (and Canada), with some of the most restrictive gun laws on the planet, could not prevent a small marginally skilled group of Islamic Terrorists from killing nearly twenty people with extremely prohibited Kalashnikov Rifles.
3). The fact that as noble, self-less and courageous as the responding units may be, they are by nature a reactive force, and not a preventive force. They always have, and will inevitably always will, arrive too late…and after the fact.
The foregoing points are irrefutable by anyone that has followed the history of these events. The mere fact that the leaders of the free world refuse to actually name the enemy, labeling them as “radicalized”, or “extremists”, is indicative that the slaughter of innocents and non-combatants will continue until, ostensibly, we all submit, or die.