The internal terrorist threat in France is so urgent that the commander of the French security services has twice warned the French Parliament about the possibility of new terrorist attacks could trigger a civil war.
The chief of security, Patrick Calvar, is considered one of those in France with the best insight into the inner threat situation in the country, writes Le Figaro.
In connection with the violent terrorist attack on Friday 13 November last year, which led to the French government appointed a commission of inquiry, he stated behind closed doors in parliament this year that France "stands on the brink of civil war." He has also warned the Parliament's defense committee that if there are more terrorist attacks from Islamic ranks, the far right could exploit the situation to trigger a civil war.
After the terrorist attack on November 13 last year, France introduced a state of emergency. The state of emergency persists to this day, and could earliest cease after the European Football Championships and Tour de France. However, it will probably persist longer than this summer, as long as there are no signs of the terrorist threat increasing. On the contrary.
Calvar also points out that mass assaults against women like the one we saw in Cologne on New Year's Eve, could likely trigger civil war like conditions.
Just the female perspective may be crucial in the development of Western Europe. There are limits to how long the native population silently and without action allows mothers, wives and daughters to be victims of sexual abuse in public, in what was once the world's best continent for women.
Calvar also points to a growing Islamic extremism in the suburbs of large cities, so-called banlieus.
I am sceptical of Mr Calvar's assessment of the "far right" threat, it concerns me that there seems to be a tone of blame on those who may have had enough of their mothers, daugthers and wives being assaulted and react out of frustration at the authorities lack of action, rather than holding responsible those who carried out the attacks. Kind of like a Ref penalising a punch and missing the repeated boots to the face leading to the punch.
But like Rugby, life isn't fair.
(Afterthought:~ to clarify, this is not to promote or excuse anarchy, my statements should be understood in the light of Lars Hedegaard's comments in this previous post.)
Regardless, should we choose not to discuss the obvious problems of importing millions of unassimilable young men into the West we really can't complain if things get messy. We had our chance.