The horrific attacks earlier this week in Belgium are yet another stark reminder of the terror threat facing Europe. More than 30 civilians were murdered in Brussels and it was only by luck (the fortuitous jamming of a gun) that the death toll was not very much higher.
But these attacks are also a wake-up call to a paralysed political class that has failed to get a grip on jihadism. Every day brings fresh revelations about the criminal incompetence of Belgium’s security services. Those failures represent a major political and intelligence blunder which has only encouraged the murderous extremism of Islamic State (IS).