From the beginning of 2017, the Kingdom was under attack by terrorists. During this period the country has suffered three attacks. 22 March on Westminster bridge near the houses of Parliament a suicide car ran over a pedestrian. Then, five people died, including the attacker, and more than 40 were injured. Two months later – may 22 – during a concert by American singer Ariana Grande for “Manchester-Arena” the suicide bomber detonated the bomb. The attack killed 22 people, more than 120 were wounded.
Another series of attacks occurred in Central London on 3 June. The terrorists van crashed into pedestrians on London bridge, and then attacked people with knives at the borough market. Seven people were killed and 48 were injured. According to experts, the attack was carried out to destabilize the situation in Britain on the eve of parliamentary elections, which take place in the country today. Another version of events is that ISIS thus caused an indirect attack on the United States, because Britain is one of the major European allies of America.
A series of attacks on June 3 aimed at destabilizing the situation before the parliamentary elections in Britain – the expert
The latest terrorist attack in the UK is a specific tactic of ISIS, aims to increase support for a different kind of radical political forces, including anti-Islamist, told the “Today” political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko.
In the case of the UK, we see that the purpose of these attacks is to destabilize the situation in the UK during the election campaign, provoking tension and weakening of the classical parties, political moderates
“In the case of the UK, we see that the purpose of these attacks is to destabilize the situation in the UK during the election campaign, provoking tension and weakening of the classical parties, the moderate political forces,” he says.
The expert stressed that such paradoxical results they need as part of a strategy of escalation of the conflict and tension between the West and the Islamic world. The purpose of such actions is to ensure that as many followers of Islam felt strange compared to the Western world that between them was growing hostility. According to Fesenko, in this case, organizations like ISIS are easier to recruit new supporters and to expand its influence.
They thus want to increase conflict, aggression in the relationship between the Christian and Islamic world and to destabilise the situation during the election, to undermine the position of the ruling party, and labour, and moderate politicians, to strengthen the radicalisation of British politics
“If there are in power moderate political forces, if there is tolerance, peace in these countries, if Muslims will integrate into Western countries, not conflicting with them, this will lead to the extinction of this kind of extremist movements like ISIS, and others – said Fesenko, They thus want to increase conflict, aggression in the relationship between the Christian and Islamic world and to destabilise the situation during the election, to undermine the position of the ruling party, and labour, and moderate politicians, to strengthen the radicalization of British politics.”
In addition, through acts of terrorism during the election campaign of ISIS attracts more attention because during the election, the resonance of such incidents is much stronger, they have more effect on public opinion, said Fesenko.
However, as the expert believes, the consequences of terrorist attacks during the parliamentary elections in Britain will be limited – at the moment in the UK there is a surge of nationalist sentiment. However, such actions of the terrorists to some extent blow to the Conservative party – its members were hoping for a landslide victory, but now this may not happen, says the analyst.
According to the Professor of Institute of international relations of KNU. Taras Shevchenko Andrey NGOs, such events for political parties to convince voters that their political views are correct. The terrorist attacks on the eve of the election can influence voters in favor of Euro-optimists, he said.
Expert: terrorist Attack in the UK is an indirect attack on the United States
Alternative version of what happened is that a terrorist attack in the UK is an indirect attack on the United States, because Britain is one of the greatest allies of America in Europe.
A blow to the UK, it is, in fact, an indirect attack on the United States because the largest European ally America has traditionally been the UK
“A blow to great Britain, is, in fact, an indirect attack on the United States because the largest European ally America has traditionally been the UK”, – says Andrey Nagios.
Moreover, this is a signal Trump is that the terrorists have already dobralis to its European partners and can repeatedly in Central London to carry out attacks that lead to death, he said. According to him, this is still attached and strong anti-immigration rhetoric of the American leader.
“This is a result of the actions that the current us President made during the election campaign and after it. So, this is a message to Washington: your allies in danger, and you can not protect them”, – the expert believes.
Under attack the whole of Europe
The terrorist threat in recent years has affected not only the UK – such attacks was in France, in Germany and in Belgium. As noted by Andrey Nagios, those are the countries that accept large number of refugees.
“On the one hand, it is very hard, perhaps hard-line rhetoric associated with the fact that it is necessary to close all the borders in the middle East that all Muslims are terrorists, etc, has led to the fact that they are intensified. Because they came to Europe,” he says.
As the expert says, it so happened that in European countries, a large number of refugees from Eastern countries in which conflicts occur and which are very hard to adapt to the new environment. This leads to the fact that young people, already living in Europe, still falls under the influence of radicals, he said.
However, as the political scientist Vladimir Fesenko, serious terrorist attacks happen in Europe long ago, so the events of recent years do not represent something new, except that now for such actions is the organization ISIL, which is trying to intensify its terrorist activities in Europe.
Not to say that this is something new for the EU. No, it’s a problem that exists for several decades. We are seeing not something new, and new wave
“We cannot say that this is something new for the EU. No, it’s a problem that exists for several decades, – said Fesenko, – We are witnessing is not something new, and new wave. Was the previous wave, now a new wave of Islamic terrorism in Europe.”
The global aim of such terrorist attacks is to spread panic and to destroy those institutions that were built after the Second World War. While doing this the natives of those countries which have not shown great development, said NGOs.
“The main goal is to settle the chaos, to make chaos in well-functioning mechanisms and to try somehow to derange. And nobody says what happens after that, “he says,” But the initial goal is just chaos and panic”.
This problem is serious for Europe, says Fesenko. Thus, destruction of the European Union that will not provoke, but will lead to the strengthening of security measures, active against ISIS, undermining sources of funding, etc., he said. However, to fully insure against such threats is impossible, so every call to the secret service will react depending on the situation, he said.
It’s a big threat because people are dying, going negative resonance in the society regarding these or other ethnic groups or residents of different countries or of different religions. Accordingly, the society is radicalized. These are the party of the populist movement
“Even having the best special service, police very hard to predict, for example, where will I stop the truck, will it move on the road or stopping on the sidewalk. That is, they come up with seems to be simple, on the one hand, but very effective forms of terrorist acts, which are almost impossible to prevent, – says Andrey Nagios, And is a big threat because people are dying, going negative resonance in the society regarding these or other ethnic groups or residents of different countries or of different religions. Accordingly, the society is radicalized. These are the party of the populist movement who go to the polls and say: all your inefficient, we’re under attack, before there was such terrorist threats, and now people are dying, let’s close, let’s ruin a project like the EU.”
According to the expert, in such a situation the EU should strengthen cooperation on the level of intelligence, exchange of operational information, to attract neighboring countries and to create structures at the level of the Union, which would deal with the problems of terrorism, similar to those which were created in the United States after the September 11 attack.
Perhaps if you look at what grows a terrorist wave, for Europeans it’s time to think about the creation of different treatment of businesses, the internal security of the European Union
“Perhaps, if you look at what grows a terrorist wave, for Europeans it’s time to think about the creation of different treatment of businesses, the internal security of the European Union”, – said Nagos.
In addition, as part of overall security measures in the EU will increase coordination of intelligence and special services of the countries-members of the Union, and relatively safe, the country will strengthen these services, including drawing on the experience of those who have already faced the need to confront terrorist threats, said Fesenko.
Recall that the responsibility for a series of attacks in Central London June 3, took the terrorist organization “Islamic state”.