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Ioannis Mantzikos
Ioannis Mantzikos

Location: Greece

Specialization: Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism, Global Security

Brussels: Chickens come home to roost?

Europe refuses to look the threat in the eye and recognize that what took centuries of violence and bloodletting to stop has emerged with terrorist  passion and endangers the very fabric of Western democracies

From the standpoint of left-wing liberalism, the history of Islam as a mortal threat against the Christian West does not exist. From the standpoint of those who have dedicated a lifetime to entrenching political correctness and multiculti “inclusiveness” and “diversity is our strength,” placing these two as the prime progressive measures of European societies in the postwar years, Moslem “moderates,” their laughable theory insists, comprise the guarantee of a peaceful Islamic future in European countries with thousands of mosques and as many radical imams populating the land. Those who see the history of Islam and the West through different (read: pragmatic) lenses do not fare well in the public discourse. They are routinely demonized as racist. They are pronounced bigots. They are accused of fomenting “ethnic wars.” Their careers suffer terribly or are destroyed forever.  And then the warnings of these incorrigible “haters” turn out to be almost moderate in the face of extreme Islamic terrorism and its crimes against humanity.

Brussels March 2016 goes down in this history of moral cowardice and suicidal tendencies as yet another escalation of the Islamic war on Europe. A Europe that is nervous, divided, undecided, anxious and fracturing fast as successive pleasing illusions shatter into a thousand pieces in airports, on trains and on subways, in the streets and in cafes but, also, in summit meetings, “friendship  offensives,” and in pathetic efforts to appease a whole religious world motivated  by holy wrath against decadent, infidel societies, which must be eliminated to please a god.

The Brussels attack puts forward the core of the problem, Belgium's long association with jihadism which shows that the ideology and the number of groups involved go even deeper. The Molenbeek municipality in Brussels known as “jihadi central” has strong Salafi roots attributable in part to Saudi Arabia's construction of mosques and the influence of Gulf-trained clerics in the largely Moroccan municipality. One of the men jailed for the 2004 Madrid train bombings was from Molenbeek, while Ayoub el-Khazzani, the Moroccan, who attempted to open fire on a Paris-bound train in August before being tackled to the ground by bystanders, is believed to have lived there for some time. Molenbeek has 22 mosques and an informal network of Salafi meeting places and prayer sites where radicalism is suspected to thrive.

Intelligence services feared that the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, chief organizer of the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded scores, would trigger action from other Muslim terrorist cells. The Brussels attacks were in line with an "iceberg" theory of terrorist plots. That theory purports that, just as with every iceberg is seen above water, the underlying mass of a terror network and its plots are not immediately visible. For every attacker, there are usually three to four additional people who helped facilitate the plot. That the eight attackers in Paris used more explosive belts than ever before suggests a sizeable European terrorist facilitation network. The cell was likely concerned that Abdeslam would talk and his capture eventually leads to the dismantling of the cell. Therefore, it was certainly possible that this attack had already been planned and the timetable was simply moved up after the arrest.

Nevertheless, every such outrage causes more frantic government action, more emergency meetings, more troops in the streets, more police at the “open” borders, and more hand wringing at the “fracturing” of “multicultural peace.” But, still, the core of the problem remains untouched as fearful, appeasing politicians retreat and a restive, fearful public opinion are chastised for being “intolerant.”

Europe refuses to look the threat in the eye and recognize that what took centuries of violence and bloodletting to stop has emerged with terrorist passion and endangers the very fabric of Western democracies. The United States and Europe need competent commanders-in-chief able to formulate and implement a comprehensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Obama’s laughable White House has consistently been behind the curve in dealing with the surging ISIS and the disintegration of Syria and Iraq. The German Chancellor has been hiding behind the scenes.

The Paris and Brussels terrorists are harbingers of a new generation of terrorists operating more brazenly against a wider set of soft targets than in the past. The next attack could come in any given world city unless the Obama Administration and the Europeans drop their passive complacency and take much stronger action against the Islamic State.

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