The Oxbridgers here at The Economist have missed the most important point of the Paris attacks: The utter failure of the National Security State apparatus to detect and foil this terrorist attack. In the face of the anti-democratic imperatives and the money spent on this network of agencies, and the domestic co-operation with other foreign agencies, the question arises to what end? To save the lives just lost in this terrorist attack?
This ignominious failure is in plain sight, but escapes the notice of the observers/reporters of this publication. The failure of the self-proclaimed experts/technocrats and the failure of the ‘Press’ to call them to account describes the problem! The Clash of Civilizations/The War on Terror are our 30 Years War.To use Mr. Hitchen’s least favorite metaphor the chickens have come home to roost.