When it comes to terrorist attacks, we must be careful not to blame the victim. There is no justification whatsoever for the kind of Islamic violence being inflicted upon the Western countries which have foolishly opened their countries to aid fleeing refugees. None. Zero.
With that having been said, however, we would be less than honest if the Western world pretended that liberal immigration policies of European countries did not enable the spread of this Islamic terrorism.
The recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium were horrifying and, sadly, preventable. Though it may be impossible to stop all acts of violence, such acts have been perpetrated because of a willingness by Islamic terrorists to exploit Western policies that do not take seriously the very-real threat of terrorism.
One such example was seen in Belgium months before ISIS terrorists unleashed a massacre upon dozens of innocent people in Brussels.
After Brussels residents were linked to the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, VisitBrussels, the city’s tourism department, launched a campaign to try and disassociate themselves with the kind of terrorism that is taking place in Europe.
The #CallBrussels campaign was established to showcase the city as a serene, peaceful place. The city placed phone booths all around the city and encouraged people to #CallBrussels so that passerbys could answer and tell prospective visitors of the city and the relative safety therein.
The idea was a noble one, but it was a naked attempt to gloss-over the very-real threat that faces Europe. The longer Western nations dedicate themselves to masking the symptoms of terrorism rather than dedicating themselves to eradicating the opportunities and root cause of such evil, the longer it will take to finally remedy this problem in any meaningful way.
The solution is not and cannot be to stick our heads in the sand with the hopes that Islamic terrorism will simply peter-out.
These fanatics believe in a caliphate, that creating an Islamic world purged of “infidels” is a duty to God.
Does that sound like the kind of problem that can be glossed-over with snazzy tourism campaigns?