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If people feel that their leaders are failing to protect them, they may turn to more radical alternatives; already, populist and even overtly racist political parties are gaining traction in France and elsewhere. Urged on by such forces, people may even decide to take the law into their own hands.There is plenty that can and must be done to strengthen security in France and elsewhere.Beyond giving law enforcement a chance to prevent a serious attack, such contributions from civil society could help to reinforce citizens' willingness to leave anti-terror operations and policies to the authorities.Despite regular exposure to attacks, Israelis retain a sense of relative security, owing partly to the ability of civil society to contribute to their own safety.For France and others, the key is collective action, both at home and abroad, which will require improved links between internal and external security agencies, together with greater risk awareness within civil society, along Israeli lines.
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