(Nikkei: November 15, 2015 – p. 2)
Paris has been hit by another tragedy. The coordinated terrorist attacks targeting ordinary citizens were cruel and unspeakable. The international community needs to take strong actions aimed at exposing the organizations involved in the crimes and eradicating terrorism.
What stands out is the brutality of the terrorist attacks that simultaneously targeted places where people gather, such as a theater and restaurants in Paris, as well as a stadium in a suburb of Paris. We cannot imagine how terrified and incensed the French citizens must have felt at being attacked by terrorists on an ordinary Friday night when many people were out having fun.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and our solidarity with the families of the deceased and the people of France.
Although the details of the attacks are not yet available, President Francois Hollande declared that the Islamic State militant group perpetrated the attacks and that the group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. If the Islamic State, which has taken control over parts of Iraq and Syria, has begun engaging in terrorist activities in a wider area, the international community will be forced to take new measures.
In Paris, Islamic radical terrorists attacked the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January this year. Following this incident, France, other European nations, and the United States must have stepped up their measures to prevent terrorism.
The fact that a massive terrorist attack occurred despite such measures means that the international community needs to take the severity of the situation seriously. The full details of the attacks should be disclosed swiftly and measures must be taken to prevent further terrorism.
This is not only a problem for France. Controlling terrorists who slip through the nets of security systems is a pressing issue for the international community, including Japan. The international community should carefully reconsider the threat posed by the growing international network of terrorists across national borders.
France is taking part in the airstrike campaign against IS in its territory in Syria. The terrorist attacks in Paris could be retaliation by the Islamic State against France’s airstrikes.
There is a growing view that the incident in which a Russian airplane crashed in Egypt in late October, killing all 224 people on board, was caused by a terrorist bomb. As an terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the plane crash, there are rumors about the Islamic State’s involvement in the incident.
At the G-20 summit, Japan and other major countries should display their unity and solidarity. They also need to discuss antiterrorism measures and how to deal with the Islamic State. The U.S. and Russia, which are at odds over the war in Syria, must cooperate with each other, overcoming the differences between their positions. For Japan as well, coming up with antiterrorism measures is an urgent issue.