Europe’s police declared last month that those 5,000 Europeans that had joined the Daesh terrorist group have now returned home. In fact, today’s Europe is paying for its wrong policies in the recent years towards south of Western Asia. It is unlikely that European heads will this time learn their lessons as it was not a long time ago that Legion of Honor was awarded to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia by French President Francois Hollande. While France and Belgium were celebrating and hailing the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the November 13, 2015 attacks in France, two blasts in the Belgian capital turned their feast into a tragedy after leaving over 35 people dead and 200 others injured. The terrorist attacks also left numerous questions and doubts for the European Union to deal with. Here, we will briefly point to some of them: 1) The Daesh terrorist group’s power gained momentum in the 2014 summer. From that time on, it has lost control over many of the cities under its control in Iraq and Syria and large numbers of the Takfiri group’s members have also been killed. Attacks similar to the ones that took place in Paris and Brussels were meant in fact to act as game changer in an attempt to turn an asymmetric war into a symmetric one. Given the current circumstances, Europe is an attractive, easy, and controversial target for Daesh. Among European cities, Brussels is a sitting duck for the terrorist group as it is the capital of the European Union and most of the EU’s key centers are based in the city. Brussels attack is an assault against the heart of Europe and has a symbolic message. 2) Brusselsattacks show failure and inefficiency of European security and intelligence services as well as non-coordination between these organizations. The state of emergency has remained high in Europe since the terrorist attacks in Paris and no one can claim that the recent attacks in Brussels caught Europe unawares. Even Belgian officials had recently called off Christmas cerebrations due a potential terrorist attack. However, there is another pessimistic perspective which says that Europe’s intelligence services are involved in the bloody events. This issue needs more time to be explained, but it could be briefly noted here that today, nearly after 15 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there is a strong presumption that it was an inside job by US intelligence services. 3) Not only Brussels incidents do have security consequences, but also they could have some profound political implications, the most important of which is simply a threat against the very existence of the EU. The EU is like an ill person which is suffering from numerous problems, including high unemployment rate, economic crises, and Breixt. Brussels attacks and similar ones could play a complementary role for these woes which may finally lead to the EU’s collapse. This collapse will not be essentially legal and existential, and in its primary stage could come out in form of content and entity. 4) Suspects behind the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks are all Muslims based in Europe and they are under the influence of Takfiri-Wahhabi ideologies. Why these people are conducting such attacks(or they launched them) is a different story, but the incidents also indicate Europe’s failure in cultural unification. A Muslim affected by Wahhabi Salafists is not merged with Europe’s culture and is alienated from a dominant culture. Growth of Europe’s Muslim population and failure in cultural unification are deep and long-term challenges for this continent. 5) Europe’s terrorist attacks will lead to the growth of nationalistic polices in various European states. An increase in the approval rating of parties and extremist and rightist groups, and spread of Islamophobia are among other consequences of these attacks which will further exacerbate anti-cultural unification feelings in the EU. As a result, the possibility for attacks akin to the ones happened in Paris and Belgium will rise. 6) Horror is probably the most appropriate term with which one can describe the current atmosphere looming over heads of European people and officials. In such an atmosphere, US apparent warm embrace could be a good place for countering this fear. Washington has played the role of Europe’s Godfather since the World War II. When a European individual finds himself/herself terrorized and weak, the ground will be more prepared for the US and, as a result, Europe will feel more dependent on US and its policies. 7) The European Police Office (Europol) director warned last month that up to 5,000 fighters who had joined the Daesh and trained in terrorist camps in Syria and Iraq have come back to Europe. Therefore, recurrence of similar attacks in the future would not be unexpected. In fact, today’s Europe is paying for its wrong policies in the recent years towards south of Western Asia, Syria in particular. It is unlikely that European heads will this time learn their lessons as it was not a long time ago that Legion of Honor was awarded to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia by French President Francois Hollande. The hilarious point is that Riyadh later announced the prince had been honored for "fighting terrorism and extremism” and Elysee Palace showed no reaction except for a meaningful silence. This article originally appeared on Basirat. ir