So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. [Franklin D. Roosevelt – Inaugural Address 1933]
It would be obvious to say that the cancellation of Brussels’ “March Against Fear” out of fear was irony in action, but it is [see here]. As FDR also said in his inaugural address, “In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.”
Part of the problem is that most European elites do indeed see (or need to see) the Islamic jihadi, orthodox Muslim threat as some “…nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror…” The fact that today’s terrorist threat is very well defined, but extremely well obfuscated is not in doubt. People are afraid, but being afraid of some nameless group will only perpetuate the fear, not just for two weeks as Belgium ‘authorities’ state, but forever.
Europe has no leadership of frankness. It therefore can have no victory over an enemy it will not name.