Over the last week social media and traditional media have been replete with reports and opinions, condemnation and in some cases even indifference toward the Paris attacks that took place over the last week. As part of the editorial staff of The Political Scientist (Politikolog), we felt it best to not join in the obvious barrage of articles and op-eds descending upon the reading public but rather to give the event some time to ‘breathe’. Here at The Political Scientist, we not only report but we also comment, and we consider it our prerogative to do so, however it would behove some others to gather more of the facts before making pronouncements. And such is what we have tried to do.
So what are the facts? The facts, as reported by numerous established media houses including TIME Magazine (USA), The Telegraph (UK), and The Guardian (UK) are the following: 1) There were at least seven ‘coordinated’ terror attacks throughout Paris, 2) At least 130 people were killed, 3) One of the remaining terror suspects is still reportedly at large in Belgium causing schools and public places to be ordered closed for fear of another attack.
The events of recent in Paris has left the world in somewhat of an uncertain place. It is now clearer than ever that radical Islamic terrorism is alive and well and surely not confined to the Middle East. Its reach stretches even to the developed and so called ‘civilized’ countries of the world. How does this affect Serbia and the process toward integration into the EU? Simply put, if the EU project fails then it’s all over. With the plethora of financial crises within the EU, the heavy burden of refugees due to the Syrian civil war (the EU has forecast that 3 million migrants could arrive in Europe by the end of 2016) and the obvious terrorist threat; where does the EU go from here? Could the European Union experiment survive?
For the Serbian government there is little that could be done. At best the Serbian government could only attempt to ensure that refugees on their way to the EU border are documented in the most comprehensive manner. But in reality the share number of immigrants that pass through makes this unrealistic. To quote Ian Bremmer, who coincidentally no more than a month ago paid a visit to Belgrade, in a recent TIME magazine article he noted, “ make no mistake: these questions pose a greater threat to the broader European project than anything we’ve seen in decades.”
Mikhail E.D. Byng