Victims of terrorism know - in ways that other people sometimes intuit but more often don't notice or ignore - that those who execute acts of terror are remembered, quoted and photographed far more than the innocent victims of their savagery.
So it is with no small amount of quiet satisfaction that we publish here several photographs that arrived by email this morning. They come from the fine people who stand at the helm of the active and effective French terror victims representative organization, the Association française des Victimes du Terrorisme, the AfVT. They record a media conference and memorial event organized by the Association and the French Jewish Liberal Union on October 2, 2013 inside the restored Rue Copernic house of worship, the Union Libérale Israélite de France synagogue. Among its goals, to pay tribute to the lives lost more than three full decades earlier to the bombers.
|Rue Copernic synagogue, October 2013|
|Rue Copernic, October 2013|
|Chart is based on Europol 2013 data. France takes a prominent role [Source]|
It's a reflection of a larger problem; an analysis in the Wall Street Journal last month says
European authorities are ill-prepared to cope with what they themselves have identified as a top security threat: scores of suspected militants who are flocking home from the front lines of Syria’s bloody civil war, replete with battlefield training and European passports... French President François Hollande has warned the French public of “young men who are indoctrinated, brainwashed, and who can come back home with the worst plans in mind.” Islamic State has responded by calling on European nationals to mount terrorist attacks on their native soil... And yet France - a country that has some of the continent’s toughest antiterrorism legislation in place, and has poured financial and military resources into combating Islamist insurgencies abroad - is straining to cope with new threats... Easy, borders-free travel within the European Union makes it possible for suspected militants to hopscotch through the region, undetected.The reality is, though there is a great deal of denial about this, that most authorities in most places are ill-prepared to cope with the threats posed by terrorists, certainly including the determined, ideologically-driven jihadists among them.
We say a fundamental part of preparing our societies for the challenges ahead is in honoring the memory of the victims, and protecting and upholding the core values of justice. Those constitute the most striking difference between the terrorists and those who will repulse and defeat them. That's why we salute those who who remember the victims and who continue to pursue the bombers who brought their barbarism to Paris's Rue Copernic.