In the wake of the devastating attack in Manchester, terrorism and the appropriate response to it are for once being strongly addressed in international discourse.
Although the attacker was a British citizen, he was born into a family of migrants who fled their native Yemen for the security of the United Kingdom. Authorities believe that the family returned to Libya following the overthrow and death of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The attacker, whom President Trump fittingly dubbed an “evil loser,” returned to his childhood home of England just days before carrying out the horrific massacre in Manchester. In doing so, he took advantage of weak European travel laws. He savagely attacked the nation that had benevolently sheltered his family during their time of need.
But this is simply par for the course when it comes to European immigration laws. These sorts of attacks have become so commonplace that, just days after the event, we’re no longer shocked. The news cycle refreshes itself. Now, celebrity gossip and everyday politics eclipse what once would have headlined every major news outlet for weeks.
Americans have become desensitized to the violence in Europe. That is a travesty.
But what’s worse is that Europeans, whose lives are at risk every day, are told that this is their fate. Their leaders tell them that they must learn to accept bloodshed as a consequence of life in the city.
If last year’s Brexit vote is any indication, the United Kingdom is leading a new rising tide of populism. The same people who voted to pull their country from the claws of the European Union’s bureaucracy could now be the best hope to lead the charge against radical Islamic terrorism.
If history is our guide, then it would come as no surprise. The United Kingdom may soon lead the assault against this new form of totalitarianism on the European continent.