There are several important lessons to be learned from the incident. Here are five of them:
I. The attack was aimed at Christians. It was no coincidence that the terrorist chose to target a Christmas market. It doesn’t matter that not all visitors to Christmas markets are Christians. Despite Europe’s secularization, Christmas markets still symbolize Christmas and, thus, are a favorite target of jihadists.
The Strasbourg Market had been targeted on two previous occasions (although both plots were foiled), and several other European Christmas market plots were uncovered before they could be activated. However, in 2016, an Iraqi boy successfully planted a nail bomb at the Christmas market in the German city of Ludwigshafen. And in the same year, a Muslim refugee killed 12 and injured 56 in a truck attack on the Berlin Christmas market.
Meanwhile, in the Muslim world, Christians are at a particularly high risk of attack during the Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter Holidays. On Christmas Day, 2017, at least 32 people were killed while leaving Mass at St. Theresa Church in
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