Scottish Daily Mail

A fight the civilised world must not lose


IN his heart­felt mes­sage of sol­i­dar­ity and deep con­do­lence to the peo­ple of France af­ter Fri­day’s ter­ror­ist car­nage, David Cameron spoke not just for the Bri­tish na­tion but for the civilised world. ‘Your pain is our pain, your fight is our fight.’

On this oc­ca­sion, the ni­hilis­tic butch­ers of Is­lamic State chose Paris as their killing ground, wip­ing out 129 in­no­cent lives in an ut­terly ter­ri­fy­ing and in­dis­crim­i­nate orgy of gun­fire and bomb­ing.

But any­one who thinks Bri­tish cities are not firmly in their sights is de­lud­ing them­selves.

Dis­turbingly, at least two of the killers ap­pear to have mi­grated from Syria – pos­ing as refugees – to cross the por­ous bor­ders of Tur­key and into Greece.

Once in­side the Schen­gen area of the EU, they trav­elled freely into France and Bel­gium, where at least three more of the terror gang lived. They then loaded up with weapons and wreaked havoc on one of Europe’s great cap­i­tal cities.

Chill­ingly, their tar­gets ap­pear to have been se­lected pre­cisely be­cause they had no mil­i­tary or gov­ern­ment con­nec­tions. They were mainly young peo­ple on a night out; mu­sic and sports fans en­joy­ing the charms of Parisian café so­ci­ety.

If we are se­ri­ous about pre­vent­ing – or at least lim­it­ing – such at­tacks in fu­ture, un­con­trolled mi­gra­tion from the Mid­dle East must be stopped and border con­trols within Europe im­posed im­me­di­ately.

Sev­eral EU coun­tries have al­ready se­cured their fron­tiers and more are likely to fol­low as Schen­gen dis­in­te­grates. Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s reck­less open-door in­vi­ta­tion must be re­versed and proper checks made on who is com­ing in. And cru­cially, Brussels must work harder with Tur­key to re­strict the waves of mi­grants flood­ing into Europe.

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