Europe’s terrorism problem exceeds ours

From an editorial Wednesday in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Tuesday’s brutal attacks by Islamic State terrorists in Brussels and even more deadly attacks in Paris in November will roil Europe politically and culturally for years to come. But Americans must not overreact – and must appreciate that we are in a different and safer position than many Europeans.

We have had isolated incidents of homegrown terror by radicalized Muslims, such as the December massacre in San Bernardino, Calif. But we don’t have neighborhoods known for jihadism like Molenbeek in Brussels.

Americans have been safe from terrorism to a remarkable degree since Sept. 11, 2001. But this truth is difficult to appreciate as we witness a mortifying “new normal” be established in Europe. Europe’s “new normal” must not become America’s. With responsible leadership, it won’t.