A libertarian pundit welcomes the resolute stance taken by President Obama against Islamist terror and calls upon Europeans to stop tolerating intolerance, because Jihadism is on our heels.
In Heti Világgazdaság, László Seres warns that the disintegration of Middle Eastern states creates an extremely dangerous environment for the West, for instance Libyan terror militias are now in possession of eleven passenger airplanes, which is seriously bad news on the anniversary of 9/11. The horror movement of the ’Islamic State’ is actually present in Europe, and a leaflet has even been found in Hungary (it may be a hoax, but in Western Europe Muslim clerics have vowed allegiance to IS and many thousand West Europeans are fighting in the ranks of the IS in Syria.) Seres welcomes President Obama’s latest speech in which he finally broke with what Seres calls his ‘compromising and almost apologetic’ attitude towards Islamism. The author doubts, nonetheless, if the issue can be settled without a direct military presence in Iraq. Co-operation with the Syrian government and Iran, as well as with the Sunni régimes that have subsidised and armed IS in the past seems to be extremely problematic, he believes. His main message is directed to Europe. Islamist terrorism is only backed by small fringe groups on our continent, he admits, but many countries have tolerated „Sharia zones” and religious courts and their justice systems consider religious and cultural backgrounds as attenuating circumstances in violent crimes, including “honour murders”. Europe should stand up for its democratic values. We cannot expect others to respect us if we do not respect our own heritage, Seres concludes.