Article published in The Mirror, 16 February 2015. © Richard Kemp
The kind of attacks that we saw in Copenhagen and in Paris could easily happen here in the UK and probably will.
Many British youths have been radicalised in their mosques, at university, by the Internet or in prison.
A worrying number have already been drawn to travel to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and in Syria.
Some will return, blooded and experienced in killing, with the intention of attacking what they see as enemies of Islam.
These are the most dangerous. But others may also try and have a go as we have seen in the recent past. Their attacks, though perhaps less proficient, can also be deadly.
The targets will include those who have condemned violent jihadism as well as soldiers, police and Jews.
The police and intelligence and security services are on the alert for these people and have had a huge amount of success over recent years – saving many lives.
But some will get through the net.
It is the responsibility of members of our Islamic community to report those who they suspect of planning an attack.
Some, often courageously, have done so in the past. All who support the rule of law, freedom and democracy, should follow their example.
Without their help we are increasingly vulnerable to disaffected Muslim youths who want to copy the attackers in Denmark and France and lash out at Western society.
I don’t want to spread undue alarm but the reality is that we are in a downward spiral of jihadist violence which is set to continue as people here at home copy what is going on elsewhere in Europe – encouraged by the Islamic State death cult in the Middle East.
The ultimate solution can only be visible defeat of the Islamic State which will discourage their followers.
For now, the government seems to lack the military and diplomatic commitment necessary to bring this about.