The notion that other countries can implode without consequences for us has been exposed as a fantasyby Bronwen Maddox / December 10, 2015 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
The terrorist attacks in Paris on 13th November marked the end of what we might call the peace dividend: the 25 years that have followed the end of the Cold War, and the happy reckoning, sliding into complacency, that western governments could afford to spend less on defence and to think a little less about threats to their societies.
It wasn’t just Paris that’s smashed it, of course. The millions of refugees streaming towards the European Union’s borders (3m are expected to try to enter the EU in 2016), and the 700,000 who have made it through in 2015, have made clear that it is a fantasy to think that countries can implode, as Syria has done and Iraq threatens to do, without consequences for the countries north of the Mediterranean who are now deeply disconcerted about how to respond.