First it was al Qaeda, which continues to destabilize Africa, and now it’s al Baghdadi’s Islamic State terrorizing Europe. Terrorism is an unconventional weapon and cannot be defeated by even the most sophisticated bombs or drone. When the terrorists next door hit and a watchful taxi driver is able to report a den of radicals that the Belgian security forces had not been able to find, terribly disturbing questions arise. Everybody has said it: Belgian security is a sieve. Too bad that Brussels hosts, among others, the headquarters of the European Commission and NATO, strategic and symbolic objectives.
Security forces are not enough to combat terrorism. Even the most prepared army is not ready to deal with this type of destabilizing weapon. We need a strategy based on a thorough understanding of the ideology that constitutes the ideas, recruitment and financing source of terrorists. This is an ideology that exalts martyrdom as a road to a heavenly life of earthly enjoyments. It is a logic that cannot be not understood by way of materialism, but it also attracts many Westerners in search of non-ephemeral values.
What kind of intelligence service can make up for the lack of internal knowledge of that world? Only one that collects information not to warrant a military intervention or to please a political leader, but to be at the service of security for the citizens and the state.