Austria, Not France, Is the Model for Europe’s Crackdown on Islamists

Venna. The Muslim Times has the best collection to promote secularism in every country of the world and to free the human mind from organized religion, be it Judaism, Christianity, Islam or Hinduism in India or Buddhism in Myanmar

Source: Foreign Policy

As tragic as it was, the terrorist attack in Vienna on Nov. 2 was not a major surprise for Europe’s counterterrorism experts. The events in Vienna and, a week earlier, in the French city of Nice have only brought back onto the radar of the general public a phenomenon that the European counterterrorism community knows well: The threat has never disappeared.

The terrorist threat is certainly less acute than it was in the years 2014-2017, when, spurred by the sirens of the Islamic State, European jihadis struck the continent regularly and sometimes with devastating attacks. But the European jihadi scene has certainly not evaporated.

The threat is multifaceted: There are lone wolves as well as small cells of self-radicalized sympathizers and jihadis who come from outside Europe to strike. (The Vienna attacker was a mix of the two dynamics, as he came from a transnational milieu of Islamic State sympathizers but acted alone when he carried out the attack.)

In the case of Vienna, an additional frustrating dynamic seen time and again throughout Europe over the years also seems to be at play. The perpetrator had recently been convicted in Austria of trying to join the Islamic State, served only part of a short sentence, and was released early. His early release and obviously loose post-release monitoring will unquestionably be scrutinized in the weeks to come (and have already led to the head of Austrian intelligence stepping down). But they are symptomatic of the difficulties European authorities experience in keeping tabs on radicalized and potentially dangerous individuals due to both the large number of suspects and the many legal and bureaucratic challenges that constrain them.

It is also not overly surprising that Austria has been hit. Beyond the cliché images of a placid Alpine country with a capital that regularly ranks first in the world’s quality of life rankings, in recent years Austria has faced high levels of jihadi radicalization.

Beyond the cliché images of a placid Alpine country with a capital that regularly ranks first in the world’s quality of life rankings, in recent years Austria has faced high levels of jihadi radicalization.

Read further

Dr. Zia H Shah, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Suggested Reading by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times, for the best understanding of personal religion in the 21st century

My main suggestion to the open minded readers is to read on and in the words of Sir Francis Bacon, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”

Islamism — the Political Islam: The Challenge for the 21st Century

Are Religions Pluralistic or Myopic and Parochial?

The Holy Quran and the Seventh Century Arabian Metaphors

I am a Jew, a Catholic, a Christian and a Muslim; I am Zia H Shah

In Defense of the Secular Narrative of the Holy Quran

We Will be Judged by Our Compassion and Deeds and Not Our Dogma

Pope Francis: Satan Is Stalking The Catholic Church

A Message of Compassion and Love from the Holy Bible

Deciding to Leave: The Last Straw that Broke a Catholic’s Back!

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

Abou Ben Adhem, A Compassionate Man

Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture

Videos: Let Joel Osteen Breathe Hope, Optimism and Success in Your Life

What Can a Quarter of Unaffiliated US Population Find in Islam?

How Islam has Influenced Christian understanding of God

World Leading Christian Apologist, William Lane Craig Always Presents God of Islam and Judaism

24 Video lectures: The Great Courses: How Jesus Became God?

Video: The most famous Christian apologist, William Lane Craig, accepts there is no Trinity in the Old Testament

Book Review: The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

The Concept of Justice in Islam by Sir Zafrulla Khan

‘Islamic Law’: A Myopic Reading of the Quran

Proposing Daryl Davis as a Peace Maker for Palestinians and Israel, for he attends KKK rallies, despite being black

Kripkean Dogmatism: The Best Metaphor to Understand Religious and Political Debates

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.