The complex phenomenon of migration of large masses of people who are looking for life opportunities is characterized – with respect to the past – by religious belief and by their dangerous extremist aspects. It is indisputable that in the years to come, the percentage of people of Muslim religion and culture will increase in our countries. They are increasingly attracted by the juridical and the security systems of our societies. They perceive these characteristics as rights of freedom and protection of the community and of the individuals. Said values are an achievement of our civilization that are the groundings of the member states of the united Europe today. It is our duty to defend these values of common culture that binds the peoples of Europe, also when it comes to those matters, which are of primary importance to public life, preserving also the historical and cultural, social and political paths of secularism. The same is true for the matters that find highest expression in the protection of democracy and of individual freedoms of every person, without differences of any kind.
That being said, the costs arising from the management of public order and safety, as well as those for adjusting remuneration, professionalization and equipment for police forces, must match the complex nature of the times, to the general needs and demand of the citizens for more security. European governments will debate these questions for many years. They will also have to invest if they want to safeguard our civilization and democracy. The task with which police is entrusted is not a superfluous cost, but a necessary investment, otherwise dealing with migratory flows and the prevention of international terrorism of Islamic background – which we have to address – would be impossible. This is to mention only two questions that are now considered an emergency.
In our way of thinking, one’s religious beliefs are certainly a private matter as long as it does not become a danger for the entire society. Hence, rules, regulations, and controls must be observed also in places of worship. Only police has the necessary experience to carry out with ability, tact, and discretion these activities. Objectively, Muslim presence on our continent after the massacre in Paris and the revolt of the suburbs which began in Clichy-sous-Bois ten years earlier, has made the complexity and contradictory nature of the different cultures and civilizations become elastic. Over time, their number will inevitably grow and they will collide if don’t manage to make religious and political radicalisms marginal and irrelevant.
The democratic and political culture of the European populations from Muslim countries, but grew up in our cities, can facilitate social sharing of common spaces, where everyone can express their right to universal citizenship. Integration brings in its riverbed natural participation in public life, if the ultimate goal is the development of a proper and constructive cohabitation, precisely in order to avoid the victory of radicalism, all of us have to help to strengthen the culture of rights and duties of a common citizenship, respecting others’ culture and beliefs. The idea of a religious neocolonialism at the hands of the most extreme components of the Islamic world is still unacceptable. In a nutshell, I do not think that there are people who fail to see the role of the police in this delicate phase of our history is strategic for the future of our society.