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Learning to Live With Islamic Terrorism, in France and Beyond

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
15th July 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

After the horror at Nice, perhaps the most depressing comment came from France's prime minister. Calling for unity in the face of terror, Manuel Valls observed: "Times have changed, and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm."

If this sounds like resignation, it shouldn't. Valls is no squish. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, he told the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg that accusations of "Islamophobia" were too often used to silence legitimate criticism of political Islam.


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert on radical Islam, told me that all of this highlights that military gains against the Islamic State do not diminish the broader threat of jihad. "The ISIS self-professed caliphate is collapsing," he said. "This is going to really hurt the organization, but jihadism itself continues to gain power. It's a much bigger problem than just ISIS."


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