I don't think there was a jihadist attack anywhere in Europe yesterday.
I may be mistaken. There will probably be one today or the day after. These are the times we are living in. The most recent attack, in Ansbach in Germany, saw a Syrian Islamic State supporter attempt to bomb a music concert, before detonating his suicide rucksack at a bar.
Once, we were told that such actions were solely related to our foreign policy. But Germany has avoided militarism since 1945. Countries with at times aggressive foreign policies such as France, appear to face the same risk and problems as more benign nations like Belgium. The only common denominator appears to be the nations with significant and increasing minorities of Sunni Muslims see a minority within those communities turn to violence. Nations with much smaller or negligible Islamic minorities - the Baltic States, the Republic of Ireland, the Visegrad nations - appear set to miss the problem of jihadist violence.
All of this has had a peculiar effect on the left. Today the image below popped up on my twitter feed.
Whoever designed, and those who retweet it, deserve to be sued under the trades descriptions act. Germany, which has taken over a million migrants in the past year, has not attacked anyone since the second world war. Although it is sadly now being bombed and treated to axe attacks by some of the very people it has allowed to settle in its midst. Similar points can no doubt be made about other EU nations.
But for many on the left, the point that immigration can bring real problems as well as positives, may never be conceded. The problem has to be 'us' (by which I mean the West in general, or sometimes specific countries within it) and cannot be the 'other' in whom the last century left sees a sort of noble savage, the harbinger of a new society they have been unable to build themselves.
It is not working out very well, is it?