An Opera In the Key Of Denial By Anne Applebaum is a good place to start. This is a good article to share with those who think that the war on terror is a police matter and not an international threat:
"By contrast, it's not unusual in Germany, or elsewhere in Europe, to hear that the "war on terrorism" is phony, a jumped-up invention of the Bush administration and the American media, a pretend reason for the invasion of Iraq, a laughably stupid way of conning voters -- and a pathetic excuse for limiting artistic freedom.
Neither the events of Sept. 11 nor any of the bombings that followed seems to have convinced Europeans that anything important has changed in the world. I only wish they were right."
I'm sorry to say that Europeans are wrong! Europe is playing with fire, and I don't mean the young people burning cars in Paris!