Europe is in a state of de facto war, it has been for some time, we have seen Islamic terrorism spread right across the continent.
We saw the horror of Paris, we saw the slaughter in Nice, the multiple attacks in Germany, and now we have the slaughter of a Catholic Priest who had his throat slit in his own Church in the quiet Normandy village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
Civil war is coming to Europe, President Hollande says France now at war with so-called Islamic State terrorists. Unlike conventional warfare, there are no front lines; the enemy has been allowed to live in our society. They have formed no go areas in places they have made ghettos to breed distrust, recruit for terrorism and then act.
Politicians have said they are ignorant, how could they know this situation could have developed, well the people knew, that is why they are angry, not just in France but right across Europe.
My post of Dec 2015 makes it clear detention camps needs to be built in Europe.
If anything is going to bring to power the rise of the far right, this situation is tailor made to do so, keep an eye on Austria, the far right may take the Government since the election is being re-run.
Father Jacques Hamel, an 84-year-old priest in the quiet Normandy village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen didn’t deserve to die; he was a good man who devoted his life to the service of God and others.
His throat was slit in his own church.
Father Jacques Hamel was saying morning mass when two Islamic killers stormed in and took him and other people hostage, the terrorist pleased with their efforts decided to film the event, perhaps they wanted their handiwork to be posted on social media sites to encourage others to join their cause.
In what must be an embarrassing security lapse which will come back to haunt the Hollande Government, one of the terrorists, a 19-year-old trying unsuccessfully to travel to Syria to fight with IS.
Why was he allowed to walk the streets when the French knew he planned to be a terrorist?
Why did they think that having been in prison that an electronic tag would act as a deterrent?
Are these people who made the decision to let him out, plainly stupid?
The two Islamic terrorists had a rather short jihad, the police shot them dead as they attempted to leave the building.
The French it appears now have hardened their attitude to terrorism; it is shot to kill and taking no prisoners.
A nun named as Sister Danielle held captive said afterwards:
"They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself and that's when the tragedy happened. They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar in Arabic. It's a horror."
Europe will never be the same again, and it is only a matter of time before the backlash begins, what is needed in Europe is new leadership; the failure of the present political class is painfully obvious.
Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest will be a huge loss not just to the quiet Normandy village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray but to France.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University