“An app developed on behalf of the Interior Ministry after the attacks of 13 November in Paris, which is available in French and English, can be downloaded from Apple Store and Google Play. It is supposed to send a real time alert to the citizens when a terrorist attack happens nearby: it should be enough to activate the GPS to receive information, updates, instructions and advice.”
Yet, it was not the case in Nice. The attacker came into action on the Promenade des Anglais just after 10.30 p.m. and he managed to slay at least 84 people in a few minutes before being shot down. The government app started to work three hours later. Do we have anything like this in Europe? The tragic events in Munich still remind us how inadequate the system of control, prevention and information are on an international level.
Besides the funerals of the victims, whose number keeps growing day by day because of the high number of seriously injured people, and the agony of the victims’ relatives, there are certainly also the tears of the politicians.
Some of them are authentic, heartfelt. How can one hold back tears before the motionless body of a child, with a teddy bear in its arms full of blood?
“May you be cursed!” Christ would have told those child killers. Why do you sow scandal and fear with your cruelty? How many people will find the courage to take their children for a walk to village festivals in the following months, where joy is seeing and meeting many happy people after a week of hard work?
Outrage, pain, and empathy… but this is not enough.
We should ask ourselves what are the interior ministers of our disunited states of Europe doing in order to protect their citizens. Because the defense of the State is not a duty of the people, but of those responsible for its safety.
We would like to read the reports of the intelligence apparatuses: how can you not foresee an attack during the celebration of a national holiday?
What are we waiting for to raise the security level to red alert, limiting – if necessary – some personal freedoms?
Terrorism is winning its war and we cannot wait for the dark night, as it were, to end, counting the dead and the severely injured, because what Europe is experiencing at present is a real war that requires urgent action and a legislation concerning security policies shared among all of its States. We have to implement it before other people die and other tears are shed.