These "lone wolf" Muslim terrorists invariably have a track record.
Before they actually carry out an attack, they've usually spent years enriching the European countries they settled in with a long record of petty crime, violent attacks and drug dealing.
Cherif Chekkat, who opened fire at the Strasbourg Christmas market, has the expected record.
Chekkat was born in Strasbourg in February 1989, into a family with Moroccan roots, and appears to have fallen first into petty crime then gangster circles. The final stage, his apparent move into Islamic extremism, was reportedly sparked – or at least strengthened – during a spell in prison between 2013 and 2015.
This is typical enough. As I noted in a previous article on the gang rape in Freiburg, these guys usually have a track record.
That’s how many crimes one single Syrian migrant had allegedly committed since entering Germany four years ago. He had already been wanted for drug trafficking and had been investigated for a rape last year. And then he struck again, this time in a case that has once again torn apart a sleepy college town.
Majid and another of the suspects had already been suspected of the rape of another 20-year-old woman in her home. And Majid had also been suspected of committing yet another sexual assault. He was also due to be arrested shortly for drug trafficking, but before the police could take him in, he struck again and destroyed a young woman’s life.
This is what's Europe's criminals and terrorists look like.