The appalling death and destruction in Paris on Friday night is the front page story on all of our national newspapers. The bravery of French special forces in willingly taking on the gunmen and killing those who did not have time to explode their bombs cannot be ignored. These men and women intentionally ran into environments from which everyone else was trying to flee. They were then joined by the other emergency services so they could rescue the injured and recover dead bodies whilst everyone else was safely behind barriers of safety. No doubt in future days we will hear about individual acts of bravery from some of those who despite being in attendance at concerts or bystanders, were killed or injured as a result of the risk they took to save others.
As the news begins to lose its relevance for the newspaper editors, the real terror will begin to impact Paris and other European Cities. It is this that has the potential to destabilise our society. In our Universities, Schools, Towns, Cities and Refugee Camps, men and women who are already suspicious of people who look or sound different to them, will have yet another reason for distrust and justification for comments and actions that might otherwise be recognised as racist or religious prejudice. Commentators on broadcasts are beginning to speak about how to better lock down borders or separate the incomers from our wider society. The solution we need is to be more open and accepting of those who mean us no harm so that the small number of men and women meaning to cause us harm are the ones who are isolated from all of us, not just from a privileged minority. If we isolate Millions of People from our ownneighbourhoods, we may unwittingly create environments in which the recruitment of terrorists will be a great deal easier.