Europe in war against terrorism: another battle lost

 Europe in war against terrorism: another battle lost

Today, Europe must radically reconsider its views on its own safety and the list of threats which seek to destroy the European life – as clearly shown by the terrorist attack in Nice, Russian experts said, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza.

The president of the International Association of Veterans of the Alpha Anti-Terrorism Unit, Sergey Goncharov, said that it is time for the West to consider international terrorism as his main enemy instead of Russia. "Everyone understands that Russia had never thought about threatening Europe, and those attacks which have been carried out during the year show that we are still losing to Daesh and other extremist organizations, and it goes beyond all limits. If leaders of European countries and the US do not realize that the number one enemy is not Russia, but terrorism, we will not won. If we are not united, very difficult times await us in the near future," the expert warned.

According to him, the West found itself in a very difficult situation due to the influx of migrants. "When a great number of migrants arrive in a particular country (for example, their number in Germany is 1.1 million), the security services have no physical ability to cope with such an influx of people. I assure you that a significant percentage of migrants arrived in Europe will most likely be recruited by Daesh or will be Daesh recruiters themselves," Sergey Goncharov suggested, adding that Russia is ready to help and share its experience in the fight against terrorist groups.

"We have an experience, divisions and heads who are engaged in these issues. The thing is that we must find a political moment which will unite us, " the expert noted with regret. 

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper 'Journalistic Truth', Vladislav Shurigin, pointed out that the attack in Nice has proved the inefficiency of the security system, which was introduced in France after the terrorist attack in Paris. "Terrorists are still winning their war declared to Europeans. A complete overhaul of the system is needed, which in many ways will require changes in the EU itself, including the transparency of borders and the possibility to move between countries without any control – Europe cannot live like this anymore, it have to change itself," he said.

The expert expressed doubt that Europe will ask Russia for help in establishing a more effective security system. "We have completely different security systems, they simply do not apply to each other. To some extent, we could help them, but in terms of sanctions and the current almost Cold War it is not likely that anyone in Europe will seriously start talking about the exchange of experience," Vladislav Shurigin believes.

A military observer of the TASS news agency, retired Colonel Viktor Litovkin, agreed that all the power of NATO, which is now wasted on containing Russia, should be aimed at combating terrorism. "This is the most serious danger existing in the world. All the intelligence agencies and counter-intelligence activities in the West should be directed to the fight against terrorism. France, Spain or the UK cannot cope with terrorism on their own: they need to combine forces, technical and human intelligence capabilities to combat this scourge," he called on.
 
Litovkin also stressed that the West should stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. "Attempts to impose its understanding of democracy and human rights to other states give rise to such explosions of terrorism. It is necessary to help poor and illiterate people. Europe, as well as the US, has to share with these people. Many things have been exported to Europe and in the US during the colonial era, and now they have to try to recover their debt to these people," the expert noted.
 
Cooperation with Russia would help the West in this war. "It should not reject Russia for some trumped-up issues such as the crisis in Ukraine, on the contrary, it should try to learn from the Russian experience. We will not obtrude ourselves, but we can offer our experience in dealing with this problem," Victor Litovkin concluded.

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