Jihad is strengthened by chaos

29 March 2016

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the decision of the Belgian authorities to release Faycal Cheffou, one of the main suspects of the terror attacks of March 22.

Valentina directs her concerns mainly towards the Belgian police and the European security system as a whole. The release of Cheffou demonstrates that neither the Belgian police nor the Belgian authorities have the right tools to proceed with a correct investigation.

Regarding the issue of how to prevent the radicalization of the “second generations”, Valentina thinks that monitoring more closely what is taught in mosques around Europe is a viable solution. More and more individuals are returning from Syria and many find shelter within the Muslim communities; this is a fact that cannot be ignored.

The language barrier in Belgium has also played an important role, explains Valentina: the lack of communication between the French and the Flemish communities was a barrier also for Belgian authorities.

In fact, this is a problem that can also be traced within the European Union; the 28 member States must overcome their differences in order to tackle the problem of radicalisation in Europe, says Valentina. What needs to be done now is create a united European or global intelligence system, whose main goal is to fight terrorism through prevention. Brussels, as well as other cities in Europe, cannot prevent such attacks over night.

This interview is in Spanish and can be read here.