For a short time perhaps now known as known as “Europe’s Terror Capital” Brussels has to heal the wounds but also to face the incredible strange back-stage scenes of the secret security services. They seem to have lots of secrets which seem to have brought the Belgian citizen in much danger.
Non or bad communication with each other or sharing information Belgians divided eight parliaments (federal, three regions, three language communities and the EU), 19 municipalities with 19 different mayors in Brussels alone, and six separate police departments make the Surrealist Kafka country a reality Belgians have to endure every day, paying lots of taxes, working more than 8 months for the government before they can receive one penny for their own pocket. No wonder we look such fools for those who are not citizens living in Belgium.
The Belgian constitution enables a peculiar Belgian national condition of encouraging those with power to “look the other way” and wash their hands of the matter when an intractable problem emerges.
Messages range from the angry – “Fuck Daesh [Isis]” and “Fuck terror” – to those that expressed solidarity – “From Spain with Love”. Others, such as “Make love not war” and “Peace no war”, simply expressed hope for a better world.
It was lovely to see how suddenly such a huge offering of help came unto the public.
Soon the hashtag #ikwilhelpen – I want to help – was going around all over the country and the internet, offering assistance to anyone who needed it. The hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles also began trending, a message of solidarity reminiscent of the outpouring of grief following the Charlie Hebdo attack in France last year, when the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie was created.
Rudi Vervoort, the minister-president of the Brussels-Capital region, said the city had shown “its true nature … an exemplar of solidarity”, citing the massive number of blood donations, taxis giving their services for free and people on social networks offering to open their homes to those in need.
In the wake of any terrorist attack >
1° = mourn victims + try to defy dreary ideology of perpetrators.
2° = understand what went wrong.
Belgium’s beleaguered security services are once again facing intense scrutiny over how such complex attacks could happen with so much advance warning.
failings of a country with grotesquely complex state structures + highly dysfunctional security system => turning nasty as the country finds itself confronting a terrorist infrastructure that has planted deep roots in Belgian society.
U.S. officials are bashing ‘clueless’, ‘shitty’ Belgian Security Forces for being way too incompetent to handle today’s terror threat.
== Belgium has never had a strong intelligence culture, as it partly relied on safety support from its neighbours; and particularly from France.
main issue with Belgian security Forces today =/= lack of infrastructures => lack of interest in coordination = consequence of Belgian political establishment = dysfunctional system
Recent figures = 562 Belgians fought in Iraq or Syria > At least 124 hail from Brussels. > population of 11 million, Belgium sent more fighters per capita than any country in Europe to the charnel house of the Syrian civil war. Something is clearly going wrong here.
list of people (and things) to be blamed for this situation published already in November last year > chief of police + several politicians > many still in power
- Turkey deported Muslim terrorists back to Belgium (ivarfjeld.com)
- EU’s Interior Ministers to Convene at Extraordinary JHA Council (novinite.com)
- EU Heads of State, Institutions Say Brussels Terror was ‘Attack Against Open Society’ (eu.greekreporter.com)
- Belgian broadcaster identifies 2 suspects in attacks (staradvertiser.com)
- Israeli Lessons in Counter-Terrorism (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
- Tight security and tributes after the Brussels attacks (aljazeera.com)
- Security stepped up at Paris, Frankfurt after Brussels attack (worldbulletin.net)
- Europe’s Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target (spiegel.de)
- EU vows more Syria refugees aid for Lebanon (worldbulletin.net)
- Europe Gets Burned Playing With Fire by Finian Cunningham (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
In the wake of any terrorist attack the first thing to do is mourn the victims and try to defy the dreary ideology of the perpetrators.
The second thing to do is to understand what went wrong. Belgium’s beleaguered security services are once again facing intense scrutiny over how such complex attacks could happen with so much advance warning. Many times already I have spoken of the failings of a country with grotesquely complex state structures and a highly dysfunctional security system. Now those failings are turning nasty as the country finds itself confronting a terrorist infrastructure that has planted deep roots in Belgian society. Only last week, the arrest in Molenbeek of Salah Abdeslam was presented by state officials as a security triumph. Instead, I asked again whether the dynamics of the arrest represented yet another proof that Belgium was a failed state. The terrorist was captured only several hundred metres from his family home…
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