John Reynolds: Our future safety is in our own hands, we need to be far more vigiliant

People walk down a main street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Yet again we see the face of radicalism with the wilful murder of innocent people in the name of religion with a rental van mowing down dozens of tourists enjoying the sun in Barcelona.

The scenes we all watched on television showing the aftermath and devastation caused were horrific and it makes you wonder how anyone, particularly of a faith, could do such a terrible thing.

The horror of Barcelona could have been replicated in Cambrils where five terrorist suspects were killed.

We can only hope that the Spanish authorities can track down everyone involved in these cowardly attacks as soon as possible so they can be brought to justice.

These individuals, terrorists, murders or martyrs, whatever you want to call them, have ultra radical views and are living in many communities throughout Europe.

Unfortunately it’s impossible to tell the good guys from the bad which, of course, they know only too well, making a point of blending into those communities, building friendships that are obviously false.

Intelligence is at the forefront of tracking down potential terrorists and then keeping an eye on them, but, with resources being stretched, can we really keep a tab on everyone.

We’ve all seen the comments made after previous attacks, which invariably highlight the perpetrators were known to the security services.

Could this happen again? Yes it could and probably will, but the chances of it happening to a particular section of our community are millions to one against.

In many respects our future safety is in our own hands, we simply have to be a little more vigilant and if there are concerns talk to the police who are there to protect us.

What we need to remember is that these radicals, home bred or otherwise, are a very small percentage of the faith community they say they’re supposed to be part of.