Early Tuesday morning, the world was saddened to see Europe rocked by yet another preventable terrorist attack that has so far claimed 34 lives in Brussels, Belgium. Though the Western world was saddened, few could claim to be surprised as such a devastating outcome is the predictable consequence of Europe’s border policy that allows a flood of terrorists to disguise themselves amidst the crowd of Muslim refugees.
Just months after the Paris terrorist attacks, France’s neighbor, Belgium, has faced the ugly reality of imported terrorism. Sadly, it appears unlikely that Europe and the Obama Administration will use this tragedy as an opportunity to learn that the West’s fanatical dedication to accepting millions of unknown Middle Eastern refugees is nothing short of welcoming such horrendous terrorist attacks.
On Friday, authorities arrested Salah Abdeslam in Belgium, the logistical mastermind behind the Paris Attacks. Authorities discovered cell phones and improvised bomb-making materials and learned about the tactics used by ISIS to exploit loose immigration laws and open border policies in Europe to slip-in amidst the wave of Muslim refugees fleeing ISIS-fueled violence in Syria and Iraq.
According to French reports, Abdeslam exploited the open borders and utilized a Belgian forger for documents.
The capture of Abdeslam has provided a unique opportunity for investigators to learn more of the terrorist network that threatens Europe and after Tuesday’s bloodshed in Belgium, it seems clear that Europe is only witnessing the beginning of terrorist acts that will continue so long as Europe maintains an astonishing policy of open borders with the Middle East.
According to the Combating Terrorism Center, 600 French citizens “are believed to be fighting alongside terrorist organizations abroad and 250 are believed to have returned” to France.
Most-startling, however, is the reported admission by Paris attack coordinator Abdelhamid Abaaoud who boasted that he had a network of 90 or so ISIS terrorists already in Europe.
After claiming responsibility for the Brussel attack, ISIS insisted that the next target will be the UK and that it will be “harder and more bitter” than the Brussel attack.
“We promise the crusader allies against the Islamic State, there will be dark days in response to their aggression against our state.”
“And what awaits you will be harder and more bitter, with the permission of Allah.”
Though President Obama remained dispassionate about his supposed outrage over the terrorist attack in Belgium, 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump took a more-forceful tone and warned that the attack was “only the beginning.”
Speaking on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Trump stated,
“I will tell you, I’ve been talking about this a long time, and look at Brussels. Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime. And now it’s a disaster city. It’s a total disaster, and we have to be very careful in the United States, we have to be very careful and very vigilant as to who we allow in this country. “
Ted Cruz took aim at the President’s weak response to the threat of Islamic terrorism and stated,
“Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it. That ends on January 20, 2017, when I am sworn in as president. We will name our enemy — radical Islamic terrorism. And we will defeat it.”
Whether one chooses Trump or Cruz, we must be united in the idea that we must declare unequivocally that we are at war with radical Islam. We must fight it and we must fight from a position of strength and condemn the kinds of political weakness seen in Europe and the Obama Administration that is content with enabling the spreading of terrorism.