Blaming Belgium won't change the fact that France has a homegrown terrorism problem.
John Rosenthal is a European-based journalist and political analyst who writes on transatlantic security issues and EU politics. He is the author of The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion. His articles have appeared in such publications as Al-Monitor, World Affairs, Policy Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Les Temps Modernes and Die Weltwoche, as well as numerous online media. You can follow his work at www.trans-int.com.
For the National Front, victory or defeat is a matter of its run-off opponent.
There are numerous reasons for doubt about the Belgian jihadist’s role.
His jihadist career has taken on nearly mythical dimensions. According to some reports, he is the mastermind behind Islamic State media operations. According to another, he was recently the target of a “honey-trap” set by a female FBI agent sent to Syria in order to extract information from him.
John Rosenthal argues that recent Western foreign policy missteps in Libya and Syria have fueled the rise of radical Islam.