The editorial of the Figaro: "Low-cost terrorism"
By Patrick Saint-Paul
Low-cost terrorism has once again hit Europe in the heart. In Barcelona, Spain, Islamists have once again targeted a symbol of our free and festive societies. In the Catalan city this one will certainly take a particular relief in the crazy minds of the jihadists.
The Ramblas, the most vibrant avenue of the city, lined with restaurants and stormed by tourists, takes its name from the Arabic "raml", the sand ... Until the Reconquista, the Catalan capital has made part of the territory of "al-Andalus", which occupies a singular place in the jihadist propaganda.
In Nice, Berlin or London, the terrorists choose an emblematic place every time to make a better impression ... On the Promenade des Anglais during the festivities of July 14, on the Christmas market of the Church of Remembrance, on the bridge from Westminster the bloody attacks sought to create the most powerful impact possible by loosely bringing jihad into the flesh of our civilization. The trauma is all the stronger as these attacks are almost unstoppable, because unpredictable.
Defeated in Mosul in a fireworks of car bombs, our opponents, Islamist terrorists, are routed in Iraq, cornered in Raqqa and Syria. In the West, they do not fight with the same weapons. But always with the same perverse concern for "efficiency".
By 2014, the Islamic State had called the "soldiers of the caliphate" to kill "infidels" by arming themselves with everyday objects: a stone, a knife, a ram-car or a truck. On Thursday, the Islamic State claimed the Barcelona bombing as a "response to calls to target the anti-Daesh coalition states" in Iraq and Syria.
His perverted ideology will not die in the sands of ancient Mesopotamia. A fear takes hold of our Old Continent. And what if Europe lived only the beginnings of a terrible reflux?