I visited Paris last October. Several times I witnessed units of French soldiers patrolling tourist hotspots, scanning for potential Indate link Overblog of KingTees Shop on July 11. Their presence made me feel safer but also more conscious of the threat. It sounds paranoid and melodramatic, but as I walked the streets I made sure I positioned myself in ways that would protect me from the increasingly common danger of vehicular jihad. A few months after my trip, authorities erected anti-terrorism barriers around the Eiffel Tower, including ten-foot high panels of bulletproof glass. Such is the new normal across western Europe.