Breaking News Brussels: Wednesday 19 October- Association of European Press for the Arab World (APEMA) association under the patronage of the former minister , Member of the European Parliament and President for the relations with the Arab Peninsula Honorable Michele Alliot-Marie held the first public debate on “How to fight today’s Terrorism” last Wednesday at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The former Minister discussed the action plans on combating terrorism of the European Parliament that mostly focused on prevention and responses. This was largely debated whilst it lacks the question of how to strengthening forces to combat terrorism within the European Union. Mr. John Gatt-Rutter head of the counterterrorism division at the European action Service EEAS raised the surety that he thinks are mostly under control however there was very little said about what action plans are in place to prevent further terrorist attacks in the European Union.
Mr. Koen Metsu head from the Belgian temporary parliamentary committee for fight against terrorism said that according to studies the young people finds its adventures and a glorious mission to join terrorists organizations such as the Islamic state.
One of the honorary guests of the APEMA foundation and guest of former minister, Member of the European Parliament and President for the relations with the Arab Peninsula Honorable Michele Alliot¬-Marie to the debate, President of European Centre for Information Policy and Security ECIPS Mr. Ricardo Baretzky, countered the questionable debate bringing attention to the real situation and threat the EU faces today. He brought attention to the fact that terrorist organizations identify themselves with an identity which has all one thing in common.
He said that: ”Terrorist all have one thing in common. They all feel the same way about people in authority, they confine themselves in their glorious missions, they reach a state of one identity and they share common goals as demonstrated by the formation of the illegal Islamic state as recently witnessed.”
Baretzky: “The question I have for the panel is , Do you think that our youth feels the same way about our governments of today in the European Union, Do you think they confine trust in the authorities, Do you think they see their citizenship as a glorious mission and do you think they see all one nation with an Identity working towards the same goals within the European Union ? ”.
The chair handed the question to Mr. Koen Metsu head from the Belgian temporary parliamentary committee for fight against terrorism who answered and said that: “In a way you have answered the question yourself.” It became apparent that the problem of the crisis lay in the identity of the youth of the future Europe and that much more needs to be done than just speaking.
President Baretzky went on and warned that the EU has to realize it’s in a big mess and there are only two ways forward: One is to strengthen the European identity via a state of militarization or two strengthen the values with creating and recognizing the values, the basic values of human rights by building blocks such as fraternity, equality and liberty. He went on and said, “There is an emerging crisis of human identity within the young people of Europe today that leads to a loss of purpose in life today and that the lack of bond between the EU nations gives rise to a cultural division. This creates the opportunity for terrorist organizations to exploit the identity crisis of people in the EU that ultimately leads to radicalization which gives birth to terrorism within and finally ends in terror plots.
The majority on the panel concurred with these statements of the President of ECIPS. This session was followed by a dinner in honor of Dr. Jamal Sana Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Centre for strategic studies and research, new publication of his book “LE MIRAGE”. Dr. Al-Suwaidi, received the Award of European Press for the Arab World 2015, which is awarded by the Association of European Press for the Arab World (APEMA) in collaboration with the Institute of Prospects and Security in Europe (IPSE).
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