Attacks like that on the The Berlin Christmas Market will get more frequent as radical Muslim groups realise that asymmetrical warfare is cheaper, has a greater propaganda effect, is sparing on personnel, and does not require heavy weapons or costly ground to air defences. The attacks will get worse as the Russians gain physical control of ISIS territory and drive out its ISIS killers, many of them psychopathic or brain damaged addicts, who will vanish into surrounding Arab states to take up the new warfare.
Searching for them at Europe’s borders is a waste of time, a much simpler way of protecting Europe after each attack is to impose a ‘Temporary Safety Ban” on all travel to and from the Middle East. This is not to stop terrorists entering Europe, which is impossible, but to inconvenience the rulers of the countries they are hiding in. Each ban would apply to all forms of travel, and all subjects including diplomats and rulers, as well as ordinary passengers. We need not extend any sympathy to those ‘ordinary’ travellers who might think it unfair they are drawn into somebody else’s quarrel, so were the victims of the Berlin Market attack.
A ban would last thirty days under the guise of a proper ‘assessment’ being carried out of further risks of attack. There would be no need to do any assessments, although we could make things even more difficult by sending out elaborate questionnaires that could be ‘lost’ or need further details.
Our politicians could be employed to offer frequent platitudes offering safety and sympathy for all those inconvenienced.
The ban’s real intention would be to cause the maximum inconvenience, cost and disruption of the travel plans of rulers, influential Arab business men, rich tourists and bureaucrats who have failed to ensure their countries are properly governed. It would also hugely inconvenience banks, the arms dealers who do their business through them, and our own government officials. A couple of such bans would see an extraordinary change in the number of attacks.