The Journal Opinion: The terrorists can be stopped. We can't give up

The Journal opinion column for Saturday, January 10, in which we reflect on the week's horrific events in Paris

AP Photo/Christophe Ena A police officer takes shelter behind a gendarme car in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered, Friday, Jan.9, 2015
A police officer takes shelter behind a gendarme car in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered, Friday, Jan.9, 2015

It is over. For now.

Yesterday, French police killed three terrorists who between them have been responsible for the deaths of 17 innocent people since Wednesday.

It is only a few weeks since another hostage crisis erupted in an Australian cafe, one that also ended in the deaths of innocent people as well as the gunman.

The common factor in these attacks is barbaric people who use a warped version of their religion as threadbare cover for their horrific acts.

It is tempting to say there is nothing we can do in the face of such hatred. We simply cannot protect every cafe, every magazine office, every supermarket.

So we can’t. But for every Paris, every Sydney, there are other attacks that have been foiled. That has happened because our intelligence is better and because our vigilance has increased.

That has to continue. There are other madmen out there. But they can be stopped.

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