“We were fearing terrorist attacks. And that has now happened.” – Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michael
The early morning bomb blasts that shattered the peace of Brussels is just the latest in a vicious series of terrorist attacks dedicated to upending the current world status quo and giving power to extreme Islamic fundamentalists.
With over 30 people dead and more than 200 injured – at the time of writing – this is the worst terrorist attack since Paris in November. It also is a grim portent for the future of terrorist attacks in Europe.
Open borders and the Syrian refugee crisis made Europe the ideal base for radical Islamic terrorists to set up shop and recruit new members from the disenfranchised and radicalized Muslims already living in Europe and for infiltrating terrorists from the Middle East into the heart of Europe.
In four months, two of the busiest capitals in Europe have been successfully attacked. The leadership of ISIS has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, just as they did after Paris.
In addition to the loss of life and the injuries, the economic and political losses are still being tallied. The Paris attacks caused a massive loss of tourist business. The effect was not only felt by the hotels that recorded a 40 percent cancellation rate in the month following the attack, but also by businesses that cater to tourists.
Politically, the attack in Paris has given rise to a harsher political climate calling for the end of open borders, the turning back of Islamic refugees from the war torn Middle East and the militarization of European police forces. After seeing the graphic effects of Paris and Brussels, it is easy to remember the aftermath of the September 11th attack in New York. The American counterparts to these political movements were born that day.
After 14 years, those movements are still with us. Still afraid and willing to trade civil liberties for the dubious protection of police state tactics. European populations, without the constitutional protections afforded us, are at a bigger risk to allow those liberties to be swept away.
That isn’t to say that protecting your country or having a real border is wrong, far from it, but it is saying that in the aftermath of a tragedy like Brussels, like both attacks in Paris, like London in 2005, Madrid in 2004 and New York in 2001 the urge is to err on the side of caution, nationalism and xenophobia.
The trick is balancing those urges with the concern that is needed for the rights of the citizens of those countries. My heart goes out to those killed and injured in the attack.
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