An abandoned suitcase in Dortmund's main station gets thousands of people scared of terror. An anonymous bomb threat paralyzes Berlin's airport. In the appearance of the Madrid attacks, international terrorism has outrun everyday life in Europe.
Attacks on Israel are escalating again. With another deadly suicide bombing in the heart of Jerusalem, the race to thwart the infiltration of terrorists is up against yet another rush: to condemn Israel at the United Nations.
Two steps forward, three steps back.
That is the definition of any Middle East peace process, and the most important question now is whether President Bush, who very publicly committed himself to a "road map to peace" last month, will tough it out.