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Brussels and Islamic Terrorism – Again

Mar 23, 2016

Another day, more shouts in Arabic, more gun fire, more explosions, and more carnage, bloodshed and death. It is groundhog day, and no one seems to be learning any lessons here. This time a pair of bombings at the Zavantem Airport and one at the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. So far around 34 have been killed with nearly 200 injured.

brussels 4Brussels is now in lockdown, and Europe is once again holding its breath, waiting for the next episode. Sadly Belgium has been a bit of a hub in Europe for IS operatives and others, and when Salah Abdeslam, wanted in connection with the Paris terror attacks, was arrested on Friday in Brussels, things really heated up.

The nation’s security forces will be under heavy scrutiny now, with questions asked as to why all this was allowed to seemingly occur so easily. Most folks knew that Friday’s arrest would ratchet things up immensely, yet airport and transport security seems to have remained fairly low key.

But another major issue also deserving attention – and a major rethink – is the immigration policy of the EU and so many European nations. Easily allowing in so many folks who have trouble – or no intention of – adopting European values and principles is bad enough, but letting plenty of terrorists in as a result has been a recipe for disaster.

Multiculturalism has been a mega-failure in Europe, along with the failed open border policies, and these sorts of attacks are to be fully expected. But living in denial is mainly how the West is dealing with all this. Indeed, watching several hours of television news coverage on this latest attack, struggling to ever hear the “I” or “M” words, basically proves my point.

No one wants to state the obvious. The few voices which are based on realism and not fantasy, such as that of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, will hopefully get more of a hearing now. Indeed, he and his party look to be going from strength to strength after each of these attacks.

The fact that so few have caught on here is utterly appalling. It is not as if this was the first such attack. There have been plenty of them. Simply consider just some of the major attacks since 9/11 in various Western locations, or places with Western visitors:

October 2002 – Bali bombings
October 2002 – The Moscow theatre hostage crisis
March 2004 – Madrid train bombings
September 2004 – Beslan school hostage crisis
July 2005 – Bombings in the London underground
March 2010 – Moscow Metro bombings
April 2013 – Boston Marathon bombings
September 2014 – Endeavour Hills stabbings, Melbourne
December 2014 – Sydney hostage crisis
January 2015 – Charlie Hebdo and other attacks in Paris
October 2015 – Paramatta NSW shooting
November 2015 – Saint-Denis and Paris attacks

Since September 11, 2001 there have been over 28,000 Islamic terror attacks. Did you get that? Over 28,000. Yet our ruling elites and media elites still cannot bring themselves to talk seriously and sensibly about Islam. It is a conversation we really need to have.

How many more attacks are needed? How much more blood on our streets is required? How many more cities have to go into lockdown before we wake up? As Robert Spencer just wrote about this attack: “Europe is at war. Will European authorities continue to aid and abet the enemy, and invite Muslim migrants into their countries in large numbers, despite the presence of jihad terrorists among them?”

Indeed, while US President Obama was in Cuba, singing the praises of the communist dictators there, candidate Ted Cruz cut to the quick on Facebook about the reality we face:

Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning. Make no mistake – these terror attacks are no isolated incidents. They are just the latest in a string of coordinated attacks by radical Islamic terrorists perpetrated by those who are waging war against all who do not accept their extreme strain of Islam.
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.

As always, we need to pray for the city, the nation, and all the family members and loved ones so adversely impacted by all this. And we need to pray that our leaders snap out of their slumber, and start ruling as if Europe still mattered – and before it is too late.

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12 Responses to Brussels and Islamic Terrorism – Again

  • Bill, the “elites” don’t care how many of us are killed in these outrages; they will never give up their pet projects – multiculturalism, “tolerance”, open borders, Ever Close Union.

  • Another IS-related news item yesterday was the big IS bonfire of Christian books in occupied Mosul.

    I thought of similar bonfires in Nazi Germany to purge out books which were by Jewish authors or were pro-Jewish from the Third Reich…

    Assyrian Christians, in particular, in recent times often dreamed of rediscovering ancient manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures. Were there any rare manuscripts burnt in the IS bonfires?

  • This speech was made by Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban, a week ago (March 15) during the commemoration of Hungary’s independence, makes for interesting listening. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbINrdyAXlE&feature=youtu.be

  • Quite correct Bill, another attack and yet more denial from our so-called leaders. And what about all those peace loving Muslims? … the silence is deafening.

  • Thanks Bill. Your quick response to this evil event is wonderful. Repeating what I said to you when you were Brisbane, “From where do you get your energy?” It must be spiritual – not physical. Therefore, let it be known that this cultural war is a massive spiritual war!
    Until western nations, repent and pray and submit to God our Father victory will elusive
    Bill, your facts and figures are clear and should ring alarm bells. Please be aware that a false reason for the present attacks has been given to me by many “vacuum minded” Christians: “this is a result of America invading Iraq!” Be aware that Islamic attacks did not start at 2001.
    Therefore, I ask the questions: 1. What dates in history of Islam did it begin? 2. To whom have attacks been directed? 3. What is the bases of present terrorists’ mindset? Until our leaders and our people are prepared to think clearly it will get worse before it gets better.

  • Bill. Do you have the source for the 28,000 terror attacks reference? It’s a great stat that I’ll definitely use but it would be even greater if I could quote the source. Thanks.

  • Thanks Andrew. My commenting rules require a full name! But for the sake of others, it is 28,025 to be exact! This group does a great job of recording every single on of them:

    www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  • This is so sad. The Reformation Era was particularly influential in the confluence of currents that formed modern Belgium. In 1523, Belgium became the site of the first martyrdom of Lutherans by the Roman Catholic Church, as two Augustinian monks, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, were burned at the stake in Brussels for their conversion to Lutheran doctrine. How they would be horrified at what is happening there now!

  • Yes Jo, I think it is sad and I also think it is tragic. However the situation is not the same. On both sides of the Reformation, individuals committed evil in the name Christianity, not according to The Word of God! Determine the source of the diabolical Islamist agenda. All true Christians now and then are horrified. In fact, the World is horrified. This type of madness comes from somewhere!? Jesus told us so!

  • So many enemies nowadays from all different directions…

    Militant Muslims, homosexuals and other sexual activists, secularists, compromising Christians, apathy, apostasy etc etc etc…

    And I hate to introduce yet another off-topic matter but it is incredibly vital at an international, global level:
    www.comprehensivesexualityeducation.org/act-now-2/stop-cse-petition/

  • I was recently reading about the rather tepid, recommended American answer to preventing a terrorist threat, “If you see something, say something”. The Catch-22 to this, of course, is that if you do “see and say something” regarding suspicious activity by a person who appears to be muslim, you’ll very likely be called a xenophobe, profiler or racist. I do take comfort in knowing that more and more people are coming to see the truth of it…thanks in no small part to your enlightening and insightful articles, Bill.

  • To paraphrase the left after the garland draw Muhammad competition:
    this has nothing to do with islam, but the innocent muslims were “provoked” into attacking because of islamaphobic attacks on poor innocent muslims by arresting the nothing to do with islam paris jihadists.
    But it has nothing to do with anything, but it is all our fault for not embracing multiculturalism enough, bunch of racist bigoted islamaphobes.

    Yep, that pretty much covers the excuses that will be made, yet again, as per the norm after yet another, nothing to do with anything terror attack by an unidentified group of people who have justifiable grievances, but the motive will never be known now that we know every attacker was a muslim, nothing to do with islam muslim of course.

    Europe deliberately did this, now they are reaping the fruits of their extensive labour.

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