The presence of military weapons in the Nov. 13 attacks confounded observers, but their use has been common for years. The EU must strengthen its firearms policy, streamlining legislation across member states, cracking down on decommissioned weapons and controlling elements used in explosives.
Despite knee-jerk overreactions to the contrary, the Paris attacks are Europe’s problem. To contain and mitigate terrorism most effectively, France and other European countries need more bilateral and multilateral cooperation, not less, from intelligence sharing to cracking down on arms smuggling.
Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber over the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday offered yet another illustration of the extraordinary complexities of the Syrian conflict. It should serve as a corrective to the often fantastical visions of what can and should be done to end the fighting in Syria.