Brussels Belgium terror attack

Anyone who wants further evidence that Western Civilization is in its death throes should have been on Twitter Tuesday morning. The smoke had not yet cleared after attacks by the Islamic State group in Brussels, Belgium, when “Islamophobia” was trending on the social media platform.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Belgium terror

BHH Brussels tweet

Somewhere in a subway station in Brussels a man was trying to keep his entrails from spilling out into broken glass after an Islamic terror attack, and women like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and “@localblacktivist” all over the world were literally worrying about “Islamophobia.”

CNN reported Tuesday:

Three explosions that ripped through the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday killed at least 26 people and wounded 130 more, according to Belgian media, and raised the reality of terror once again in the heart of Europe.

“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters.

Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet the Brussels Metro Authority reported that 15 died and 55 were wounded in the subway station blast. And Belgian media report at least 11 more people were killed in the two blasts in the Brussels Airport departure hall.

People wonder why someone like Donald Trump is popular, but it only takes a few minutes of watching world leaders react to Islamic terror attacks to understand his support.

Take, for instance, President Obama’s reaction to the Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino, California, last year. In a diplomatic way, Mr. Obama accused the media of spreading “Islamophobia” for ratings.

The president told CNN on Dec. 22, 2015;

“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” Obama said Monday, CNN reported. Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

The reason why news stories about Islamic terrorists “coming to get” westerners exist is because ISIS, al Qaida, and their ideological allies do precisely that. That isn’t a ratings grab — that is reality. We should never be paralyzed by fear, but we shouldn’t sacrifice honesty at the alter of political correctness, either.

Brussels Attack

Tuesday’s attack in Brussels comes less than six months after the Nov. 13, 2015, massacre in Paris, France, that killed 130 and wounded countless others. If this is what “contained” looks like — as Mr. Obama infamously said at the time — it is safe to say that world “leaders” are not doing their job.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. The Europeans brought this on themselves, with political correctness and dhimmitude that have been enabling terrorism and crime for years. And our own politicians want to do the exact same thing. Increase Muslim immigration while turning away Christian and Yazidi refugees. (BTW, if ISIS is “contained,” then why are Europe and America being swamped with “refugees” fleeing from it? And why do we have to accept the migrants when Saudi Arabia won’t?)

    If you hold a viper to your bosom, don’t pretend to be surprised when you get bitten.

    Get ready for the usual hypocritical responses. Hash tags, “Je Suis Brussels” comments on social media, Belgian flags as avatars and profile pictures, for about a week or so. Politicians insisting that Islam had absolutely nothing to do with it. And liberals whining about how the tragedy could encourage “Islamophobia.” (After the San Bernardino massacre, the Obama administration promised to “take action” against anyone who said anything that might be interpreted as “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”)

    Obama will continue to claim that mass murders never happen anywhere except the US. And his cheerleaders in the media will try to blame the tragedy on the NRA.

    1. “Get ready for the usual hypocritical responses. Hash tags, ‘Je Suis Brussels’ comments on social media, Belgian flags as avatars and profile pictures, for about a week or so.”

      Those were up immediately as well. At this point the hashtags and the profile pictures all just ring hollow to me. In general I’m not opposed to showing support via Facebook-made Belgian flags or whatever, but when the person doing it is simultaneously prone to charging others with “Islamophobia” … it’s hard not to bite my tongue.

  2. I was reading about the attacks and saw comments like this one:

    “Isis have a long way to go before they emulate the over 2,000 000 men women and children murdered in the Middle East by our good western bombs over the last 25 years.”

    1. Those kinds of comments are funny because they are based on the false premise that the Middle East is this happy-go-lucky place where kids just play at the park — like they did in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 — before some U.S. president was like, “Want to test out some bombs? Let’s bomb the Middle East.”

      What a strange coincidence: Authoritarian police states that give a giant Middle East Middle Finger to the international community, slaughter their own people, promote terrorism, etc., have a habit of attracting war. Shocker. 😉

      Side note: Anti-war groups also have this cute thing they do where they will take deaths attributed to suicide bombings at outdoor cafes, hospitals, etc., and blame them on “Americans”…because we’re in country, so it’s our fault.

  3. If a person’s first impulse after an act of Islamic terrorism is to go lecture about the dangers of Islamophobia, that person is part of the problem.

  4. Regarding “Islamophobia”: Dear Muslims- I realize that there are vast numbers of peaceful Muslims. However, I will never believe that Islam is a religion of peace. The Qur’an and History teaches us that it simply is not. And to the peaceful Muslims, I realize that you are in as much danger from fundamental (Political) Islam as the rest of the World—because in the eyes of true Islam you are a Kafir—a non-believer– just like me. And I realize how difficult it must be for you in these times. And maybe it is unfair for me to ask you to denounce atrocities for which you bear no responsibility…. But when you call me “Islamophobic”—you insult me, my experience and my common sense. And this makes me wonder whose side you are on in this war—when nobody is watching. It is not unreasonable to be fearful of Islamic terror in this World. Maybe this will help us to understand each other.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Dan. Indeed, it is incredibly insulting to call someone “Islamophobic” for simply acknowledging reality.

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