While on my way to a client, I overheard on the radio an interview with Gijs de Vries, the European anti-terrorism coordinator, a quiet, balanced, but outspoken man. One of the things that struck me was him saying that “bottom line,” terrorists are criminals.  Big criminals for sure, but still criminals. Calling the war on terrorism just that and the notion of changing the laws (or changing the application of existing law) was actually a big mistake because it gave the terrorists legitimacy while at the same time attacking our own most basic values. This is the reason why in Europe, fighting terrorism is never refered to as a “war”.