This past Tuesday several people were murdered just outside the House of Commons. Killing people outside security barriers makes much better sense for a terrorist than trying to pass them, though the murderer did that too in the end, before being shot dead.
Tim Stanley, the British journalist and historian, spoke for many when he called it “A barbaric attack. Monstrous for shedding blood, but impotent because it will not change us or our way of life.” Lots and lots of other people said the same thing.
They may be right. There’s no way of knowing. I hope, though, that they’re wrong and that it does change us. Change, for example, our ideas about immigration and about the multicultural future of Europe.