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On the morning of March 22, 2016, Belgium was struck by coordinated nail bombings. Two hit Brussels Airport at the check-in counter, before the security screening. Another suicide bomber hit Maalbeek metro station, located not far from prominent EU buildings. The attacks occurred a few days before the Christian Easter celebrations. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks. At least 35 people were killed, and many seriously injured. The Muslim terrorists have connections to militant Muslims in many parts of Europe and the Middle East. The authorities faced difficulties in apprehending some of the terrorists partly because they enjoy widespread sympathy and support in certain Muslim communities.
Brussels is not merely the capital of Belgium. It is also the capital of the European Union (EU), and houses the headquarters of the Western defense alliance NATO. It is therefore a symbolic target. The city contains a large Muslim immigrant population. In notorious urban districts such as Molenbeek, radical Muslims have ties to international Jihadist networks. Belgium has produced more Jihadists as a proportion of its population than any other Western European country. On May 24, 2014, a gunman killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.
Following the Brussels bombings, the US State Department warned US citizens of the “potential risks” of traveling to Europe. A statement said terror groups were planning “attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation.”
Europe is now becoming more like Israel, facing constant Islamic terror threats in daily life. When I worked in the Middle East in the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) civil observer mission in 2002 and 2003, my experience there made me fear that this would happen in Europe. I had also been studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo. I lived in Egypt during the September 11 terror attacks in the USA in 2001, which was quite interesting.
The Mike’s Place suicide bombing killed three civilians and wounded 50 at the beautiful beach front of Tel Aviv on April 30, 2003. I was there that day and had been sitting very close to this spot only minutes earlier. This event made a deeper impression upon me than other acts of terrorism in the region. That is because it was carried out by Muslims with British passports, not by local Palestinian Arabs. I remember thinking that the Muslim terrorists who strike Israel today may well extend their Jihadist operations to Europe tomorrow. This is indeed what happened shortly afterwards. Islamic terrorists committed mass casualty attacks in Madrid and London. The Madrid bombings on March 11, 2004 and the London bombings on July 7, 2005 targeted the general population in public transport.
2015 was a turbulent year. Islamic terrorists attacked in different parts of the world. More than 60 people, most of them European tourists, were brutally murdered in Jihadist massacres in Tunis and Sousse, Tunisia. Due to instability in the region, many Europeans now refrain from traveling to countries such as Tunisia, Egypt or even Turkey. The problem is that Middle Eastern ghettos now exist all over Western Europe. Europeans no longer have to travel to the Islamic world to be exposed to Islamic terrorism. As a direct result of Muslim immigration, the Islamic terror threat is now great in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Rome and Stockholm.
On February 14-15, 2015, a Danish citizen of Palestinian Arab origins shot and killed two people and injured several others in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has made drawings of Mohammed, was a likely target of the first attack. The second attack killed a Jewish guard at a synagogue. A year later, it was finally revealed that Omar the terrorist was carrying a copy of the Koran during his murderous attacks. He had also been searching the Internet, trying to find the home address of several national critics of Islam.
On the evening of Friday November 13, 2015, a series of coordinated and extremely brutal terrorist attacks were carried out in the Paris region in France. This time, militant Muslims did not target satirical cartoonists, as they did with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris in January 2015. They struck at cafes and restaurants, a concert hall and a football stadium. In other words, the general public.
The Russian passenger plane Metrojet Flight 9268 disintegrated above the Sinai, Egypt, on October 31, 2015. 224 people were killed. Jihadists loyal to the Islamic State claimed responsibility for what was later determined to be a terror attack. Coupled with the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and the attacks in Brussels, the Islamic State was responsible for the murder of nearly four hundred Europeans in less than five months. Between October 31, 2015 and March 22, 2016, Europeans were killed by Islamic terrorists at a rate which equals about one thousand per year. There is no sign that the current wave of Jihad will stop. On the contrary, it may increase even further. Islamic terror attacks against Europeans seem to be escalating in frequency and intensity. When will the death toll reach thousands? Some observers fear this is only a matter of time.
The counterterrorism adviser Jill Bellamy commented that “This is a war and there will be thousands of deaths all across Europe. This is just the very beginning. We will look back on the attacks in Paris and Brussels five years from now and understand that it was just the beginning.” Bellamy speculates that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands could be a future target of Jihadist terrorists. “The Dutch think they can appease Muslim communities by doing things like putting Geert Wilders on trial. This is a very naive and dangerous approach.”
The First World War was a horrible war. In some ways Europe has still not fully recovered from it a century later. However, back then you generally knew where the front line was. That is no longer the case. We now face a very different type of conflict. The front line is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It is potentially behind every bus, concert hall, airport, church, synagogue, cafe, restaurant, museum, train, factory, parliament building, police station, school or office. Our entire society is under siege.
After the many Islamic terror attacks in Europe in 2015 and 2016, several Western political leaders have stated that we are at “war.” Yes, we are. But at war with whom? Are we supposed to wage war against an enemy we don’t even dare to name?
The cause of this situation is very simple: Mass immigration in general and Muslim immigration in particular. Western Europe did not have these problems 50 years ago. The eastern half of Europe that has not been widely subjected to Muslim immigration does not face the same problems today. All those who have promoted or accepted Muslim immigration are responsible for creating entire urban districts full of people who are plotting to murder us. And yet, they still continue.
Meanwhile, the EU elites have submitted to Turkish blackmail over the massive flow of illegal immigrants to Europe. They consider giving nearly 80 million Muslims in Turkey visa-free access to Europe. In a situation when the security services can no longer control the many militant Muslims we already have, this is criminal behavior. The EU is no longer merely a corrupt and useless organization. It is an actively evil organization.
I admit feeling a sense of fatigue after the Brussels attacks. I know that I am not the only one who feels that way. It is tiresome watching militant Muslims murder Europeans again and again. Above all, it is extremely tiresome having to listen to the predictable lies and excuses from Western leaders and mass media. We are always being told that these attacks have nothing to do with Islam, which is a religion of peace. Those daring to suggest that the repeated terror attacks are caused by Islamic culture are dismissed as evil racists and right-wing extremists.
Much of the Middle East and North Africa is now in a state of turmoil. There are few signs that this situation will improve in the near future. Especially not since religious fanaticism is also being fueled by a massive and unsustainable population explosion in the Islamic world and Africa. In all likelihood, the Jihadist wave will continue for years to come. It will also continue to spill over into Europe and the Western world, coupled with sustained migration pressures against Europe from the south. This scenario is very dangerous. It has the potential to trigger much larger conflicts. Perhaps also internal civil strife in multiple Europeans countries.
We are currently in the process of losing our freedoms and effective control over our societies. It is sheer madness to continue Muslim immigration in a situation when militant Muslims are actively waging war against us in our own cities. Western political leaders who promote such policies are guilty of criminal negligence at best. They must be removed from power, and replaced by people who protect the long-term interests of our nations.
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