24 May '17, 11pm

Normal times must end for terror to be fought

Terrible though it was, the Manchester terror strike will pass into oblivion. That is the key lesson which the West has refused to learn ever since the attacks in the United States on Sept 11, 2001, dragged nations into the uncharted wilds of world history. Life in America is back to normal: It has been so for a long while. So will life similarly return to normal in Britain, which recovered swiftly enough from its worst terror attack, in London, on July 7, 2005. On the other side of the civilisational divide, the terrorists, too, are behaving normally. Organised groups, controlled logistically and financially from abroad, are mounting attacks on every conceivable aspect of civic life in the West and elsewhere. So are lone wolves who receive their infernal inspiration from the Internet. To them, this is normality. From the use of a truck to mow down civilians in Nice on Jul...

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