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Navid Nasr
Navid Nasr

Location: Croatia

Specialization: Global security, Politics

Brussels: The Wheel of Life... and Death

The questions to be asked now: who are the guilty culprits, aside from the actual perpetrators? ; what should be done, and needs to be done, in response?; and finally, what will be done?

We now know much more about what happened on March 22nd in Brussels. We know the identities of the perpetrators: the Bakraoui brothers, who were the actual suicide bombers, and Najim Laachraoui, who has been identified as an ISIS bomb-maker and who remains at large. There are also at least two other individuals involved in the attack who remain unidentified. At least, 34 were killed in the attack and much more injured. The questions to be asked now: who are the guilty culprits, aside from the actual perpetrators? ; what should be done, and needs to be done, in response?; and finally, what will be done?

The culprits, aside from those who planned and carried out the wetwork, are:

Saudi/Najdi ideology, also known as Wahhabism and Salafism, which has poisoned the minds of an entire generation all across the Muslim world

The neo-Ottoman/Muslim Brotherhood regime in Turkey which has empowered and given sanctuary and freedom of movement, and even facilitated the transfer of weapons, explosives, bomb-making materials and chemical/biological weapons, to every Salafi terror group imaginable since the beginning of the Syrian "revolution."

The NATO/Atlanticist bloc of countries who have armed, trained and financed many of these jihadi groups now active in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen to advance their own perceived geopolitical interests

And finally the global Muslim community, the "Ummah," itself. It is not enough to merely dissociate oneself from "Da'esh" and leave it at that. If you believe in the bringing about of a "rightly-guided caliphate," that Shi'ites are not Muslim and are worthy of persecution and oppression, that Christians are not your equals, that things like the Brussels attack are justified retribution for what has been done to Iraq and Palestine (but not to Yemen or Libya or Syria, interestingly enough) then you are part of the problem and there's not a hair's breadth that separates your beliefs from that of ISIS, save the fact that you "disavow" them. Obviously, these beliefs didn't spring up out of thin air, which brings things back around full-circle to Saudi money and ideology.

What should be done? First and foremost not one dime of Saudi money should be allowed into any country for the purpose of financing mosques or religious education. Not one dime. Mosques with Saudi-trained/"educated" imams should be given a suitable amount of time to find a replacement free of this taint or else be shut down. No exceptions. The time for mollycoddling, excuse-making and blame-shifting has long since passed. No more running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. No more hate-filled Friday Khutbahs, followed by Meek, whiny, self-pity and victimology after something horrible happens in the Dar al-Harb.

Second, the NATO/Atlanticist bloc needs to regain its sanity and stop thinking that it can nurture and harness this devil to advance its agenda around the globe without any repercussions, internationally or domestically. Patrick Cockburn said it best in a column for the Independent wrote just three days before the Brussels attack:

There has always been a disconnect in the minds of people in Europe between the wars in Iraq and Syria and terrorist attacks against Europeans. This is in part because Baghdad and Damascus are exotic and frightening places, and pictures of the aftermath of bombings have been the norm since the US invasion of 2003. But there is a more insidious reason why Europeans do not sufficiently take on board the connection between the wars in the Middle East and the threat to their own security. Separating the two is much in the interests of Western political leaders, because it means that the public does not see that their disastrous policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond created the conditions for the rise of Isis and for terrorist gangs such as that to which Salah Abdeslam belonged.

[...]

A strange aspect of these conflicts is that Western leaders have never had to pay any political price for their role in initiating them or pursuing policies that effectively stoke the violence. Isis is a growing power in Libya, something that would not have happened had David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy not helped destroy the Libyan state by overthrowing Gaddafi in 2011. Al-Qaeda is expanding in Yemen, where Western leaders have given a free pass to Saudi Arabia to launch a bombing campaign that has wrecked the country.

After the Paris massacre last year there was a gush of emotional support for France and little criticism of French policies in Syria and Libya,  although they have been to the advantage of Isis and other Salafi-jihadi movements since 2011.

[...]

By taking up the cause of the Syrian and Libyan opposition and destroying the Syrian and Libyan states, France and Britain opened the door to Isis and should share in the blame for the rise of Isis and terrorism in Europe. By refusing to admit to or learn from past mistakes, the West Europeans did little to lay the basis for the current, surprisingly successful "cessation of hostilities" in Syria which is almost entirely an US and Russian achievement.

Western/NATO governments and populations engage in just as much, if not more, self-pity, victimology and reality denial as the down-low fan club for the "Lions of the Ummah." One must truly be intoxicated from the smell of one's own feces to genuinely believe in such childish claptrap as "they hate us for our freedoms," yet this is just about all the discourse that is allowed in the aftermath of these horrors.

And third, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar need to be shunned and treated like the pariahs and incubators of terrorism that they are. Which, again, is also easier said than done for the Atlanticist ruling elite. Turkey has just succeeded in successfully bribing NATO into a favorable (for itself) "resolution" to the migrant/refugee crisis and as for the Najdis and Khaleejis, as Cockburn wrote:

Britain and France have stuck close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies in their policies towards Syria. I asked a former negotiator why this was so and he crisply replied: “Money. They wanted Saudi contracts.

So now we come to the all-important question. What will be done? None of the above, that's for sure. We're only going to get more of the same in response to these attacks. Increased police state measures and surveillance of every aspect of daily life, combined with some sensitivity training and appeals to multiculturalism and tolerance, on the domestic front; and internationally more money and arms shipments to "moderate rebels" on the ground, and more bombing runs when they "reveal" themselves (quelle surprise!) to be something less than "moderate." Rinse and repeat.

One final point, however. The above should not necessarily be seen as a happy by-product of these attacks for the states on their receiving end. The fact that these attacks never actually seem to weaken any of the targeted states in question nor (with the sole exception of Spain) affect any kind of change to the way such states conduct themselves internationally is actually very telling and the cui bono question is the most important question of all in the aftermath of these incidents. Time and space here doesn't allow for a full discussion of the GLADIO phenomenon, but I highly recommend that everyone check out the indispensable research of Daniele Ganser, James Corbett and Sibel Edmonds on the topic.

Until next time, remember to duck and cover, lay wreaths and flowers and shed one or two tears at your local Belgian embassy or consulate, and never question what you're told.

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