Europe and the US need to develop a Modus Vivendi system to the Terror Modus Operandi in order to succeed in protecting its citizens. A modus vivendi to terror has a 2 spheres of action that need to be addressed:
The first component is the operational concept required for efficiently preventing and responding to different threats from different adversaries. The security concept must be created and have an established doctrine for terror related scenarios that must integrate a multidisciplinary approach of defensive and offensive proactive security tactics. Strategic and tactical intelligence must be the foundation to this modus vivendi. This is the only modus vivendi formula for security forces to succeed in their job. Clearly, an assymetric modus vivendi that is not parallel to the terror modus operandi will be ineffective and facilitate more successful attacks.
The second component requires involving the civilian population in being part of the security apparatus needed for preventing and responding to terror attacks. Civilians are at the forefront of the fight on terror because they are everywhere and can serve as an integral part of the security concept. This will enhance their resilience and they will serve as an effective tool in the overall process.
One of the objectives of security is to protect critical installations, citizens, and allow a proper continuation of the daily routine. Well, this is only possible through the above mentioned principles that are the product of the understanding of the adversary and the development of a security concept accordingly. Governments, security forces and citizens need to establish their modus vivendi on the modus operandi of the enemy if they want to be successful in securing their interests. This does not mean that terrorists dictate how you live! Instead it means that your actions are carefully planned and selected according to the methods of action used by terrorists- thereby, increasing the likelihood of an efficient security apparatus.
The Berlin attack leaves this paradigm in question as Europe once again failed in preventing, responding and neutralizing the terrorist which carried the attack. He carried the attack with no disturbance, escaped to Italy through France, traveled by train, and by pure luck was stopped in a routine control. so what does all this mean regarding the overall security apparatus??