In tomorrow's Wall Street Journal, Mark Helprin of the Claremont Institute lays out the reasons that Western Europe should invest in its own military defense in a post-Cold War world.
He elegantly paints the reasons for why Germany and the rest of Europe has been soft on Islamic terrorism by affording jihadists the same standards of proof as normal criminals. Do Europeans honestly believe that jihadists can be rehabilitated in their systems or are they just out of fresh ideas? Helprin discusses why Germany in particular and Europe in general fails to really go after those who would end Western civilization.
Germany must fascinate the Jihadists, too -- not for displacing America as the prime target, but as the richest target least defended. Though it will never happen, they believe that Islam will conquer the world, and so they try. Unlike the U.S., Europe is not removed from them by an ocean, and in it are 50 million of their co-religionists among whom they can disappear and find support. Perhaps out of habit, Europe is also kind to mass murderers, who if caught spend a few years in a comfortable prison sharpening their resolve before they are released to fight again. In July the French sentenced eight terrorists connected to the murder of 45 people to terms ranging from one year, suspended, to 10 years. In Spain, with 191 dead and 1,800 wounded, the perpetrators will spend no more than 40 years behind soft bars. Though in 2003 Germany found a September 11th facilitator guilty of 3,066 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced him to seven years (20 hours per person), he was recently reconvicted and sentenced to 43 hours per person, not counting parole.And there's the problem with treating terrorism as a law enforcement option as several Claremont professors implicitly want.