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Terror in Brussels: it could happen here

Tuesday’s explosions in Belgium soon after the arrest of Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam show the Islamists’ ability to act quickly

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

On Tuesday morning Belgium was the latest European country to suffer a major terrorist attack. It is a disturbing reminder of the war that has not gone away. After the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, chief suspect over atrocities at the Bataclan centre in Paris last November, Belgian officials warned of the prospect of revenge attacks: perhaps spectacular atrocities, aiming at killing hundreds. They came four days later in Brussels airport and Metro — a demonstration of the jihadis’ ability to act quickly.

After such an attack we can expect to be offered a blizzard of explanations, many of them erroneous. One commonly heard claim is that Islamist terrorism is a response to western foreign policy. Yet few countries have been less active in foreign policy than Belgium. The harder truth is that Belgium’s problems, like those of its French neighbour, are primarily domestic. As the raids in Molenbeek showed, there are areas which the police and security services enter only with trepidation and where some locals are willing to give cover and shelter to known terrorists. As we reported in the wake of November’s Paris attacks, Belgium and France’s problems come down to an issue of mass Muslim migration and a rejection of assimilation by some of those incomers. In Belgium and France, as in the UK, the areas where Muslim populations are particularly dense are disproportionately likely to be the places from which the terrorists come. After the arrest of Abdeslam in Molenbeek there were reports of local youths attacking Belgian security forces. This was not simply because the police were in ‘their’ area, but because the authorities had taken away someone that some of them admired.

For years the Belgian authorities have been seen as a weak link in Europe’s defences. The Belgians believed, as the British security services did before 7/7, that if they allowed Islamism to gestate at home, the terrorists would spare the country that had given them sanctuary. That fallacy now lies on the scrapheap of ideas where it always belonged.


Although Belgium has particular security problems, it is important to remember that such an attack could happen anywhere. The reason there has not been a major terrorist attack in the UK for more than a decade is not because Islamists lack the will. At least half a dozen major Isis-style attacks have been thwarted in the last year in the UK alone. The fact that these attacks did not happen is a consequence of exceptional work by the British security services and because, thanks to our geography, it is harder to get munitions across the Channel than across the increasingly porous borders of what used to be the Schengen area.

The jihadi threat is evolving, and our ability to respond is — thankfully — evolving with it. But as the IRA famously said, bombers have to be lucky only once: the police need to be lucky all of the time. Britain has been lucky, but it is far from inevitable that our luck will hold.

The politics of purpose

George Osborne is often accused of being a highly political Chancellor. If only this were true. His major failing is an inability to predict the political reactions to his Budget statements, and then to revoke policy once he realises its unpopularity. It took Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation to draw the Chancellor’s attention to the folly of juxtaposing disability benefit cuts with tax cuts for the wealthy. Then afterwards MPs were stunned to be told that further welfare cuts — seen as non-negotiable a few weeks ago — have now been abandoned. That was a hugely expensive and unnecessary concession, made out of blind political panic.

The Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, said last weekend that she ‘resented’ Duncan Smith’s ‘high moral tone’. She would do better to learn from it. He was pointing out that the Conservative party needs to have a purpose: that Tories should be concerned with what is right as well as what is fiscally necessary — and that confident, modern Conservatives talk about both. They also think about both before they pass a Budget. That ought to be a fairly basic point.

Mr Cameron tried to repair the damage this week by making a speech about how his government is dedicated to the poorest. He has a long list of achievements to back up this claim, but it is all undermined by sloppy mistakes. We are still just a year into this parliament; there is plenty of time for the government to correct itself. And time for the Prime Minister to explain to a still–sceptical country what Conservatism is for.

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  • Marcus

    “One commonly heard claim is that Islamist terrorism is a response to western foreign policy”.

    Yes, those odd people who believe the hatred of these terrorists may have something to do with Western governments invading and bombing almost exclusively Muslim countries in the last 15 years, bombing their hospitals, killing 100,000 plus Iraqis and destabilising the entire region.

    Oh and then letting 5, 000, 000 in once whilst doing that.

    Plus they keep telling us it is a cuase in their poorly shot youtube videos.

    No, I am sure it is down to far more nebulous concepts like ‘hating our freedom’; that’s why they keep bombing South Korea.

  • Rik

    Get real,it’s not could.it’s when.Islamofanatics despise democracy,despise freedom,in fact they despise our entire way of life,the politicians who have enabled the cancer of mass islamic immigration are the greatest traitors in history.

  • James Chilton

    What we’re seeing now, after the Brussels attack, are merely displacement activities by the politicians and “security” authorities. Nothing will change. It’s too late for this generation. Maybe the next generation of leaders and legislators will recover their nerve and try to reverse the course of events.

    • Shazza

      It will be far too late then.

  • JOhn Mackie

    “Terror in Brussels: it could happen here”

    Terror in Brussels: it WILL happen here

    That’s fixed it for you.

    • Atlas

      It did happen here, 7/7, Lee Rigby etc. Hardly a month goes by without some teerorist group being arrested in the UK. The enemy is within, it’s too late.

  • SunnyD

    When is someone gonna acknowledge that Tommy Robinson was right?

    When are the moderate Muslim population gonna rise up and publicly demonstrate against the atrocities being carried out in their religion’s name?

    We need to hear an outcry by ALL Imams and Muslim leaders in the UK and Europe at large – and very hard questions asked of those who remain silent….

    Every day that goes by our leaders procrastinate and pontificate underline how seedless they are….

    Alas, I fear real action will only be taken when the blasts rocks the foundations of their ivory towers…..

    The sooner we hold a Mohammed cartoon drawing competition the better…. anything to draw the crazies outta the woodwork…
    ..

    • Shazza

      I totally agree with you but none of the above will take place. People like Robert Spencer who tell the truth are banned, Donald Trump when he dared to question why there is so much ‘hate’ solicited a call to ban him. Freedom of speech is now severely curtailed.

      The reason why our ‘leaders’ refuse to acknowledge and admit that we are in dire peril is that they would have to openly identify the root cause of the situation.

      The problem then arises that having done that, they will have to do something about it – the problem is that they have no idea as to what to do. Hence they go into full denial mode and we will continue our relentless march back to the Dark Ages.

      • Mow_the_Grass

        You are correct – although i believe the Brits to be some way ahead of the euros – more especially France which has been in appeasement mode for a very long time.
        The Belgians – what can one say about them other than they love chocolate and are totally inept as regards security.

        • Hybird

          France’s has a political party that is far more realistic and truthful about the problem of Islam than anything we’ve got. And it’s the most popular political party in the country.

        • Shazza

          Please see my reply to SunnyD above. I don’t believe the Brits are ‘some way ahead of the euros’ – they are far too apathetic and are far more interested in our version of the Roman ‘bread and circuses’ i.e., football, Corrie, trash tv etc. and they have been schooled in cultural revisionist history which has them believing that any other culture other than their own, is to be celebrated.

          • Mow_the_Grass

            My comment related more to the state of the security services – and the attitude of the relevant governments in this regard.

          • Shazza

            OK agree.

      • SunnyD

        If our leaders are that scared of owning up, they should put as much pressure as possible on British Muslim leaders to “have a word” A STRONG WORD to publicly decry all the actions and words of the Islamists committing these atrocities.

        I’m a live-and-let-live kinda guy and not only grew up with people from myriad faiths, but still have friends from all walks of life. They get ever so uncomfortable when I get like this and it doesn’t make for a pleasant atmosphere. If my friends are feeling some of the heat from all this, then I have to wonder how the bleedin’ heck do 2 million plus manage to go about their daily lives without some sense of responsibility…. I don’t mean that they’re personally responsible for the actions of others, but why don’t they feel compelled to stand up and speak out publicly and loudly and consistently? My Muslim mates are capable of understanding my anger, FFS they’re British too, but they don’t just sit there saying nowt.

        Something HAS to be said by all British and European Imams (at the very least the Muslim Council of GB – a coupla paragraphs on their website “condemning” the attacks doesn’t really cut it), very publicly, very loudly and in no uncertain terms. I gather they might fear a spike in hate crimes, as possible knee-jerk reactions to the atrocities being carried out in their religion’s name…..THIS is how they quell those fears.

        You hear me Dr Shuja Shafi? Please take heed. You held a march against so called Islamaphobia last week…. it’s now time to organise another demonstration: this time spelling out your loyalty to the UK and publicly excommunicating (or the Muslim equivalent) all Islamist terrorists. No ifs, no buts. Do it and do it soon.

        • Hybird

          “My Muslim mates are capable of understanding my anger…”

          In the Koran Allah repeatedly forbids Muslims from having non-Muslim “mates.” Do you really think they’d admit to having kuffar friends when they’re down at the mosque?

          Old Muslim saying – “We smile in their faces and curse them in our hearts.”

          And as their role model “prophet” was himself a terrorist, how can any Muslim truly condemn people who are simply following his example?

          • SunnyD

            yes you’ve told me before and I neither mean no offence, nor take any…but we’re talking about life long friends…granted a handful aren’t really religious (some are still heroin-addicted and they certainly don’t go to mosque), and some go on occasion – so seemingly Muslim in name (mostly).
            Even so, I hope it says more about me that I value the friendships I have, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth or upbringing, rather than any dark imaginings I may entertain on account thereof.
            In other words, I guess in my friends’ case it’s more like hating the game rather than the players.

          • SunnyD

            You are, of course, correct about their ‘role model “prophet” ‘ – I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to ignore your valid point.
            If Islam is to survive in our society, Muslims will have to stop thinking in 7th Century terms, admit that the Quran is just a book that was written a long time ago. They should wake up and realise that the more they cling to its words and the longer they cast Mohammed as a hero, the more virulent the tide of anger will grow. Better minds than mine will have to find a way to drag their religion into the 21st Century. It will take some radical thinking.
            If they can’t (or won’t) then I can only hope that we elect leadership with the balls to legislate against Islam’s more odious aspects (that way, they can always find a country sympathetic to FGM, Sharia law etc.)

        • Shazza

          I think you are missing the point I was trying to make inasmuch I believe that the muslims in this country are quite happy with the status quo – why would they want to change it? Every time an islamic atrocity such as 7/7, Lee Rigby, Paris and now Brussels is committed, our leaders rush out to reassure everyone that –

          Islam is a RoP
          NTDWI
          Perversion of the faith
          Tiny minority
          Heightened ‘islamophobia’
          Etc. ad nauseam.

          So the onward march of ‘moderate’ islam continues with no opposition whatsoever until one day, sharia will be in place for all of us courtesy of the growing demograph which will be democratically elected into office.

          If there is to be a solution, a way for us all to live peacefully together, it has to come from our leaders.

          • SunnyD

            You’re right, I did miss your point – I tend to get hung up on details. I should add that I agree with what you say about the trite reactions to each atrocity. A large portion of the populace are indolent sheeple, but I believe a critical mass of dissenting voices will eventually stir them into action.
            I am an optimist and believe it will eventually become crystal clear that our current crop of leaders are incapable of neutralising the Islamist threat. When I was younger, I despaired at times because I knew that no one over the age of 30 really “got it”. I felt quite alone at times and resented people who swallowed everything they were told. Reading these comments boards nowadays tells me that the tide has turned and thanks to some of the more erudite that post here, long may this continue.

          • Shazza

            We have run out of time to turn the tide back.

          • SunnyD

            nooooooooooooooooooo!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            What tide?

    • Mary Ann

      They have, how many times to you expect them to do it, every week?

      When are you going to stand up and condemn the murder of all those native Americans and the Aborigines in Australia?

      • Tamerlane

        Never because it doesn’t effect me. Islamic murderers do.

      • SunnyD

        been there done that – and now I’m over post-colonial guilt after recognising it to be the insidious form of control it is…..masterminded by whom, I wonder? could it be the “progressive” left????

  • whyayeman

    “It is a disturbing reminder of the war that has not gone away. ”

    It is an even more disturbing reminder of the war that has been instigated by open invitation !

    • Hybird

      With every passing day it is more obvious that allowing Muslims to settle in the West was/is the biggest mistake in the entire history of Western civilisation. It will destroy us unless we find the courage to correct the mistake.

      • Roger Hudson

        Remember that for centuries we had to fight hard to keep them out, Martel in the west ( Tours) and in the east the huge battles for Vienna.
        Remember the great prinz Eugen (Eugene of Savoy) and Jan Sobieski and the winged hussars. When invaders threaten we fight, hard, and weak politicians should suffer the traitors demise.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          How ironic. Sobieski was a Pole. The Poles saved Europe. Bonnie Prince Charlie married Sobieski’s daughter. The British despised him for it.

  • Pretty_Polly

    Hello,

    My name is David Cameron and my aim is to destroy Britain as you know and love it.

    That is why I have admitted over 750,000 migrants and asylum seekers in the last 12 months alone, why I support Turkey’s EU membership and why I have done virtually nothing to stop illegals entering the country and remaining forever. I will of course repeat these policies this year and every year during my premiership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHqRtLeI_pE

    Up and down the country, I am told that my plans are working perfectly as people find they are becoming ‘Strangers Where They Live’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9831912/I-feel-like-a-stranger-where-I-live.html and I am delighted my Defence Minister, Michael Fallon, has told me that our towns and cities are being enrichingly ‘swamped with immigrants’ http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/26/british-towns-swamped-immigrants-michael-fallon-eu

    As the ‘Heir to Blair’, I am proud to be continuing the pro immigration policies adopted by my close friends in the Labour Party and to be able to develop such ideas to extinguish ‘Britishness’ wherever it may be found. That is why I have abolished many of the planning rules in order to build huge anonymous new towns and cities in what was the unnecessary and socially divisive English countryside http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3463832/Couple-discovered-300-000-dream-cottage-soon-surrounded-700-home-estate-hearing-neighbour-walked-dogs.html

    I will soon be holding the long awaited confirmation of my views and opinions that Britain should remain an EU member forever and I will personally ensure that the Remain campaign is full of lies, threats and propaganda to obtain the highly desirable Remain outcome, thereby wiping the floor with a blonde haired mop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson

    As you will understand from the foregoing, I am extremely excited about the forthcoming abolition of Britain and ‘Britishness’ by the enrichers and by my friends in the European Union who have assured me that a new name has already been decided for these very small inconsequential islands..

    Consequently, to further the re-writing of British history and the destruction of British traditions, they have chosen ‘EU Sector North West’ which must now be written below your postcode or your mail will no longer be delivered.

    God Save The President of the EU Commission. Rule Jean Claude Juncker.

    Yours sincerely

    David Cameron

    Governor General EU NW – Designate.

    • Mary Ann

      How many times have you posted this comment now?

  • Pretty_Polly

    Hello,

    My name is David Cameron and my aim is to destroy Britain as you know and love it.

    That is why I have admitted over 750,000 migrants and asylum seekers in the last 12 months alone, why I support Turkey’s EU membership and why I have done virtually nothing to stop illegals entering the country and remaining forever. I will of course repeat these policies this year and every year during my premiership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHqRtLeI_pE

    Up and down the country, I am told that my plans are working perfectly as people find they are becoming ‘Strangers Where They Live’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9831912/I-feel-like-a-stranger-where-I-live.html and I am delighted my Defence Minister, Michael Fallon, has told me that our towns and cities are being enrichingly ‘swamped with immigrants’ http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/26/british-towns-swamped-immigrants-michael-fallon-eu

    As the ‘Heir to Blair’, I am proud to be continuing the pro immigration policies adopted by my close friends in the Labour Party and to be able to develop such ideas to extinguish ‘Britishness’ wherever it may be found. That is why I have abolished many of the planning rules in order to build huge anonymous new towns and cities in what was the unnecessary and socially divisive English countryside http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3463832/Couple-discovered-300-000-dream-cottage-soon-surrounded-700-home-estate-hearing-neighbour-walked-dogs.html

    I will soon be holding the long awaited confirmation of my views and opinions that Britain should remain an EU member forever and I will personally ensure that the Remain campaign is full of lies, threats and propaganda to obtain the highly desirable Remain outcome, thereby wiping the floor with a blonde haired mop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson

    As you will understand from the foregoing, I am extremely excited about the forthcoming abolition of Britain and ‘Britishness’ by the enrichers and by my friends in the European Union who have assured me that a new name has already been decided for these very small inconsequential islands..

    Consequently, to further the re-writing of British history and the destruction of British traditions, they have chosen ‘EU Sector North West’ which must now be written below your postcode or your mail will no longer be delivered.

    God Save The President of the EU Commission. Rule Jean Claude Juncker.

    Yours sincerely

    David Cameron

    Governor General EU NW – Designate.

  • Hybird

    Britain has more than enough people like Mr Salah SlaveofIslam to ensure that an attack on one of the UK’s cities…or anywhere with a large crowd (Glasonbury?) is inevitable. And then there’ll be another…and another – to infinity and beyond! If we don’t replace mass immigration with mass deportation, that is. We ( that’s the West) really do need to expel all the followers of the 7th Century mass murderer known as the “prophet” Mohammad – and soon.

    • Observer1951

      The problem is that many of the terrorists are not immigrants they are home grown. The 7/7 bombers were born in the UK

      • Hybird

        Home grown but still the product of mass immigration. These people do not belong here and never will – born here or not. Their loyalties lie with the Ummah not with the filthy kuffar.

        • Observer1951

          So the plan is to expel all muslims even if they are UK citizens, correct? Just trying to understand the logic of your argument

          • Hybird

            Correct. The alternative is a Britain dominated by Islam. We are only at the beginning here. Ask the Copts how this is likely to turn out.

            Come on – do we really need a burgeoning population of people in our country whose role model is a 7th Century mass murderer?

          • Birtles

            See my reply to Observer1951 – ask him/her if she would like to see the return of the Volga Germans. Oh, they’re all dead. Well, how about resettling several million Pieds Noirs in Algeria? If she/he doesn’t want to support that, the why object to the remigration of Muslims?

          • Infadel

            Something radical HAS to happen if we (Europe in general and UK in particular) are to preserve our culture and way of life. We are a long way down the track already because of the false belief that “Multi-culturism” works/is good/benefits us all. We have to do SOMETHING!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            When the IRA killed 90 or 100 people a year for a generation nobody said we needed to repatriate the 700,000 Irish who live her. Nobody said something radical had to happen. We stoically endured the weekly catalogue of atrocity until demographics and time overtook it and it peetered to nothing.
            Who now fears a Irishman? Who even cares about their sectarian gang wars?

          • Infadel

            OK, I respect your opinion but I don’t agree that we should “stoically endure” suicide bombs and mass killings at transport hubs – because that is what we will be facing in a relatively short time. It will make the IRA terrorists look like Boy Scouts in comparison.
            Incidentally, the Irish have generally assimilated into British society, which is not something you can say about our Islamist friends.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Most of the Irish came here after 1845. It took 150 years but we civilised them. You have no evidence for your conjecture about bombs at transport hubs.

          • Infadel

            There was no evidence of suicide bombs on the Brussels Metro or at the airport – it would have been pure conjecture a few days ago as well. Wait and see.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Brussels had been on lockdown twice in the last 6 months. After the train hijack and Paris killings. Belgium needs a National police force, not 200 Trumpton fire brigades.

          • Infadel

            “Brussels had been on lockdown twice in the last 6 months.”

            Well that helped them no end. Evidently their Intelligence services leave a lot to be desired

            “Belgium needs a National police force, not 200 Trumpton fire brigades.”………….and your point is…….?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            My point is. Belgium is based on over 200 municipalities of about 50,000 people each. Each with its own Mayor and effectively own police. It needs more co-ordination.

          • Tamerlane

            The Irish were already civilised, far more so than you, the bombers and terrorists came in the main from across the water. Do try and get it right. At least try.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            The very idea that Ireland was civilised in 1845 is laughable. Most were starving, most were illiterate, many were inbred and horribly disabled. The place was a backward failed state. That is why millions went to America and Australia.
            Those that came here to build railways etc were eventually civilised.

          • Tamerlane

            Poverty is not uncivilised. You will have to exorcise that West country chip elsewhere.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Who mentioned poverty? I said illiterate. Literacy is a huge indicator of civilised development per the Gini coefficients.
            Now go off and Google some more trite irrelevance to bolster your waning ego.

          • Tamerlane

            No it’s not, that’s just your take on it.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            So you do not consider literacy a marker of civilisation. What do you consider ……a Starbucks.?

          • Tamerlane

            I’m quite sure nowhere do the UN talk of ‘civilised’ and ‘uncivilised’.

          • Mary Ann

            And the IRA are still killing

          • Father Todd Unctious

            A bit. Yes.

          • Tamerlane

            You’re missing the spectacular difference between the IRA and ISIS. Partly because you’re dim and partly because it suits your Respect Party agenda.

            The IRA never targeted civilians and generally IRA terrorists weren’t suicidal (i.e. they wanted to live). These people specifically target civilians with the express purpose of murdering as many of them as they can regardless as to race, gender or age and they are content to kill themselves in the process. This is something quite different to your rose tinted memories of cretinous Socialist Workers’ craptivisim in the 1970s.

          • Observer1951

            OK so what is the radical something you are asking for? You must have some ideas? I assume you believe in the rule of law so what do you suggest?

          • Infadel

            Hey, I may be a grumpy ol’ git and, yes I do believe in the rule of law, but perhaps we are going to need NEW laws to deal with the problem of radical Islam that is becoming insidious in the UK. Believe me, when (not “if”) we have our next “worst” atrocity people will be calling for more action.

          • Observer1951

            The only person using the words grumpy ol’ git is yourself so stop using a strawman argument. I merely asked what you would do accepting we you accept the rule of law. You have no answer. Its very easy to express outrage, as I do, but coming up with real workable solutions thats not quite so easy is it.

          • Mary Ann

            You can start by not showing your fear, you are playing into the hands of Daesh and encouraging them to do more bombings.

          • Mary Ann

            There isn’t any, mind you, he doesn’t have to put his money where his mouth is.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          We are virtually all the result of mass immigration. I assume you draw the line at 1066.

      • Mow_the_Grass

        Correct.
        Maintained at the outset that the muslim terrorists (is there any other kind) – would be local home grown ‘Belgians’ – who would be communicating in inter alia French/Flemish/Dutch and would definitely not be speaking the language of their fathers/grandfathers ie Arabic/Urdu/Farsi etcetc.

      • Birtles

        That’s not a problem. There are plenty of precedents that seem to invoke no outrage: the Serbians of Eastern Slavonia were all expelled at the end of the Croatian-Serbian War, with the help, and approval of the USA and allies. The same happened to the Serbs of Kosovo – no fuss over that in the West. 14% of the Algerian population (1.5 million) were driven out of Algeria in 1962; no fuss over that, never mentioned by the bleeding heart brigade. 900,000 Jews driven out of Arab countries in the 1940s and 1950s; again, no problem with that, never mentioned by the ‘poor Palestinians’ brigade. All the Sudeten Germans driven out by Czecho after the war; as were all Prussians, all eastern European Germans – no apparent objections there. Admittedly, all these people were white, but if it was good enough for them, why not for a group who manifestly hate Europe?

      • Father Todd Unctious

        And in 11 years these evil conspirators have managed to kill Lee Rigby and……..oh that’s it.

  • Pretty_Polly

    This is a brilliant essay about Mohammed and Fritz’s differing ideas about their retirement plans, each thinking the other will pay..

    ‘The Death of Europe’…

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260511/death-europe-daniel-greenfield

    Please note the final paragraph of the link which reads..

    ‘Europe is drinking rat poison to cure a cold. Instead of changing its values, it’s trying to maintain them by killing itself. The Mohammed retirement plan won’t save European socialism. It will bury it’.

  • whyayeman

    But Belgium’s Ambassador to Australia Jean-Luc Bodson has cautioned against linking the issue with the deadly attacks in his homeland this week, telling ABC News:
    Quote
    It’s dangerous because it’s precisely what ISIS wants — that we would make a confusion between terrorism and migrants and between terrorism and Islam. My view is that the terrorists who committed the latest attacks and in Paris and in Belgium are European-raised and born. Maybe from foreign origins, but they are Europeans.
    So it has nothing to do with the refugee crisis and I think that is the main danger to assimilate that.

    In claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, the Islamic State group described a “secret cell of soldiers” dispatched to Brussels for the purpose. The shadowy cells were confirmed by the EU police agency, Europol, which said in a late January report that intelligence officials believed the group had “developed an external action command trained for special forces-style attacks.”

    …. and we are expected to entrust our safety and security, and that of our children and grandchildren to bungling, denialist buffoons such as that Belgian ambassador ?!

    • Hybird

      “Maybe from foreign origins, but they are Europeans.”

      No they are not. And a quick DNA test would prove it. They are North Africans – and the sooner they return to North Africa the better.

      • Mary Ann

        Legally they are Belgium.

      • Mike

        DNA tests. That’s the ultimate way of figuring out what country to deport someone to when they won’t say where they’re from. I like it! (If it’s not obvious by accent, etc.)

    • Mary Ann

      Nearly all the Paris attackers were born either in France or Belgium, and the one who came to Europe along with the refugees had an EU passport, it was a trick to discredit the refugees, and some people fell for it.

    • D J

      Sadly the Belgian ex-ambassador to the UN cannot provide a cogent reply from personal experience as he is now dead as a result of the airport bomb.
      Balance requires a response from the Other Side.

  • Ozfan

    Seems even The Spectator falls into the trap of wondering “what’s wrong with us” when the West is attacked again and again and again by Islamic terrorists.

    It’s the only analysis that’s allowed on all the BBC outlets.

    A more useful question is “what’s wrong with Islam”?

    But that question is never asked, nor investigated. Until it is, and the faults in Islam are corrected (if that’s possible) attacks will continue.

    • Tom Cullem

      They are half right: what is wrong with us that we fail to tell Merkel to stuff it, close our borders, vote OUT of the EU and take Holland, Denmark, and possibly even France with us, and stop all Muslim immigration?

      • Mary Ann

        We will probably increase Muslim immigration if we leave the EU, the EU is predominately Christian, we will end up taking more migrants from India Pakistan and parts of North Africa, i.e ex. British Empire, because we need fit young workers.

    • Mary Ann

      Any suggestions on how to change the Koran, of course if everyone started quoting the nice bits rather than the nasty bits as they do with the Bible things might improve.

  • Tom Cullem

    Two lorries full of illegal migrants got through unchecked yesterday from Calais at Kent, with 50 people on them who will now claim asylum here. You will notice there is no comment following this from Cameron or May about how much safer we will be if we stay IN the EU.

    Politico.eu has an excellent article up today called “Terror Bites, EU’s Pavlov Barks” – the article makes it clear that the EU is completely fragmented internally and the “extraordinary summit” today is a piece of theatre for the public in which most of the measures were already agreed upon and sitting in a drawer and that they are not only weak solutions but ones that start from the premise the EU wants to serve: saving Schengen and preventing the closing of borders.

    A former MI6 chief has also written a piece stating flatly that the Turkey deal struck by that lunatic Merkel will only facilitate terrorist entry into Europe.

    All of Europe including the UK has been sold out by leaders engaged in geopolitical fantasies while Islam looks at Europe and realizes it really has a shot at a Caliphate here in 200 years.

    • Mary Ann

      Leaving the EU will not make the slightest scrap of difference to the number of people smuggling themselves into Britain. They didn’t show their EU passports because they didn’t have any.

      • Tamerlane

        If we’re out of the EU international law kicks in and we send ’em home and they never come back, if we’re in the EU then EU law kicks in and we send ’em back to France to do it again. Pretty simple.

    • Mike

      Easy come, easy go. Pass a law enabling their deportation back to France.

  • Augustus

    “Terror in Brussels: it could happen here”

    Fortunately, the Government has a contingency plan for such emergencies:

    1) Sing John Lennon songs in Trafalgar Square.
    2) Cry on the national news.
    3) Debate for hours on TV how it could ever have come to this.
    4) Edit in the Union Jack with pictures of politicians on Facebook.
    5) Light up famous buildings.
    6) Wait for the next attack.
    7) Start all over again.

    • Shazza

      8) Start a hashtag.
      9) BBC/MSM in full damage control to assuage our fears.
      10) Self flagellation. (Our fault for not integrating more with them).

    • SunnyD

      My antidote is liberal doses of news clips on Rotherham, Rochdale et al followed by a large helping of Tommy Robinson washed down with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Liberal doses indeed. You need a dose of liberalism.

        • SunnyD

          I had plenty of that growing up Padre – you on the other hand, need liberation.
          Me? I’ll stick with a libation – ahhhh….4 day weekend, here we come!

      • Mary Ann

        How is that going to stop Daesh?

        • Tamerlane

          It’ll stop that dyslexic spelling of Hades.

        • SunnyD

          hahaha you (deliberately) misunderstand me
          my antidote works as a viable alternative to impotent fury and unchecked high blood pressure
          you, on the other hand, feel safe in your ivory tower

      • D J

        I completely disagree.I much prefer a single malt, preferably while reading my great-grandfather’s sermons on the demon drink!

        • SunnyD

          ***cognitive dissonance alert**** ;^)

    • Mary Ann

      Do you have any suggestions about how the government could stop it, how about blocking the internet so Daesh cannot recruit?

      • Mike

        Yes: gear up fake recruiters. When you hook people in, give them a presentation on why they’re totally off-base, and spy on them for several years after as potential jihadis. At a minimum.

      • Harryagain

        You deport them.

    • Marcus

      You are all forgetting:

      8) Take a side in a civil war 1000s of miles from your own border that you should have nothing whatsoever to do with.
      9) Then change sides a year later.
      10) Bomb Syiran hospitals killing women and children in alliance with Putin.
      11) Invite bombed young men into Europe en masse.

  • Discuscutter

    It is a certainty that it will happen in England and that when it does it will be much larger than the Brussels attack.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      …….and much smaller than the annual drownings statistics or the numbers killed by helicopters.

      • Father Onabit

        There is a world of difference between accidents and deliberately targeting innocent people you numpty

        • Father Todd Unctious

          Since when has suicide or smoking been an accident?

          • Father Onabit

            You said drownings and people killed by helicopters (accidents I presume). In fairness you did say people killing themselves but nothing about smoking. Do you make statements then forget what you have written?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            What? Do you?

        • Tamerlane

          He’s a Respect Party activist and tomorrow is Friday, so you’re getting tomorrow’s propaganda fresh from Mosque central with this guy.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          You too fail to understand risk.

      • Mike

        More people die of cancer than of car accidents, so let’s stop enforcing vehicle standards.

        That’s your argument.

        Terrorism is deliberate, and preventable. It’s NOT an accident. It’s murder.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          No ,that is not my argument at all. I am saying get things in perspective and understsnd the real risk. By escalating fear based on a few deaths overseas we do the terrorists work for them.
          Brits are notoriously bad at maths. Poor at understanding finance, poor at economics and it seems just as bad at probability and risk.

    • Mary Ann

      If you have access to that sort of information you should take it to the police.

  • Alison H

    I just watched the ITV documentary ‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered’, filmed secretly by brave young people in the Kingdom, documenting the way the subjects of that Kingdom, women and Shia Muslims in particular, are treated . If you still have doubts about Wahabism and the psychopathic violence of men who enforce its vile and repulsve teachings, I urge you to watch it. And make sure any priveleged, fashionable, young people you know, particularly those who despise Western, Christian civilisation, watch it too.

    If we want to put an end to Wahabist violence, in the form of terrorism in Europe or elsewhere, we must put an end to Wahabism altogether. We must not allow that ‘religion’ to be practised anywhere in the world. It is no more tolerant and rational to allow this barbaric insanity to flourish, than it would be to encourage The Yorkshire Ripper or any other misogynistic murderer go unchallenged in carrying out his ‘religion’. Saudi Arabia must be frozen out as Iran was.

    The idea that they are now joining in the fighting against IS is laughable, they are one and the same.

    • Mary Ann

      I don’t think that any of us are under any illusions. Bad as things are in Saudi Arabia Daesh is worse, and the Sauds are doing something to help the war against Daesh.

      • Harryagain

        Saudi Arabia IS Daesh.
        As is Turkey.
        All mus lims want the destruction of Western civilisation.

  • Father Todd Unctious

    Bus crash in Spain. It could happen here. Plane crash in Russia. It could happen here. Floods in Bengal. It could happen here.
    In the last decade I only recall the unfortunate murder of Lee Rigby here in Britain. But smoking has killed 800,000 in the meantime.

    • Observer1951

      Exactly, i keep posting on these sites about getting things in proportion and dealing in facts but people really are completly irrational on this subject

      • Father Todd Unctious

        It is the modern equivalent of the bogeyman may get you. Behave, be good, or the nasty terror men will come.
        This is a lie used by the 1% and the Davos set to keep the great unwashed on side. Their gobby mouthpeices like Rod Lidl should be ashamed of their lack of credibility as genuine journalists.

        • Tamerlane

          The Brussels terror attacks are a bogeyman? Maybe for you lot at the Respect Party it is but for the rest of us it’s very real.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You lot cannot rationalise basic information. I hold out no hope for you lot. You lot are finished.

          • Tamerlane

            You’ll still be telling yourself that as your train rips open sardine can like. Did you have an ancestral violin player on the Titanic? ‘Nothing to worry about, only an iceberg, millions of them out at sea, more likely to be killed in a bear attack, no threat here at all, people must learn to rationalise basic information…now, now…play on…’

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Why do you seek to manufacture bogeymen? Does it help you in other ways to deflect attention onto non-existent enemies?

          • Tamerlane

            City of Liverpool College is in a conspiracy? Muslim terrorists are bogeymen? Maybe at Respect Party HQ, not in the real world. Tell you what Yvonne/Barry, you travel to Brussels and go tell the locals it’s all a bogeyman conspiracy by the 1%. Send me a postcard won’t you, do let me know how you get on.

            PS: What the h*ll is ‘CO for table’?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            It happened in Brussels. Whenever another redneck goes crazy and shoots up a school in Pigknuckle Arkansas I notice you scaremongers never say” It could happen here”.

          • Tamerlane

            Gee, that might have something to do with the fact you can’t walk into your local Homebase and buy an Armalite.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            So why do you assume what happened in Brussels will happen here? We have a proper police force for a start.

          • Tamerlane

            I don’t assume anything Yvonne/Barry, this is you doing your usual thing of trying to put words into people’s mouths so you can attack them for it, I just make the point it isn’t a bogeyman it’s a very, very real threat.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Well in Brussels a threat, yes. Poor them.
            By the way. You are the one who tries to put words in others mouths. You are a liar.

          • Tamerlane

            Your usual fall back I see when you’re licked.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Licked implies you are a damned Yankee.

          • Tamerlane

            Once again you change you original post – you don’t have an audience Yvonne/Barry, you wrote your usual dross when you’re licked, that I’m a stalker and a shill and blah blah, but nice to see you care so much what I think I’ve now got you changing your posts. I really have got you licked.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            When? If you are a shill, you are useless at it. Never once have you bested me in debate. As for the stalking it has become quite an obsession for you.

          • Tamerlane

            You don’t have an audience, this is you and me. Do grow up.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Are you suggesting nobody reads the Spectator? This is a new tack to persuade me to stop. A new level of desperation from the shill. You must really want me to put the pen down.

          • Tamerlane

            You carry on if it makes you happy Yvonne/Barry, it certainly provides entertainment for me. It’s your habit of changing what you’ve written that amuses me, you must actually think people are interested in what you write or that they go back and re-read what you’ve written. See I know what you originally wrote because I respond to it, for you to change it later and then pretend not to have done so you must actually think you have some sort of influence. You’re a loser Yvonne/Barry. Capital ‘L’.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            We’ll see. It must reassure you that nobody ever reads what I post. I do wonder why, in tbat case you are so keen to silence me . I refer in particular to your visiting and revisiting everything I say as if it were your full time job.

          • Tamerlane

            Silence you? Dear God Yvonne/Barry. No! What would I do without you? That you are here means I can disprove all your left wing fantasies. Don’t you see what a useful tool your are? No. No. You stay.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Which leftwing fantasies? What have you disproved?I You have no argument beyond automatic gainsaying. You even once claimed that Amaretto did not come from Sicily……..and better still your assertion that Hitler actually won the War. I’d say you are a fool,but I’d be being unfair to fools.

          • Tamerlane

            Oh yes, that was when I caught you out pretending to be in Sicily. That was a good one. I enjoyed that. Not sure I made those claims re Hitler but you go down that road if you think you have an audience. Like I said Loser with a capital ‘L’.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Only you didn’t catch me out as I was in Siracusa as I wrote. I particularly liked how apoplectically cross you got about my first hand knowledge as compared to your own random guesses.

          • Tamerlane

            Only in your pompous self-important imagination Yvonne/Barry. Like most thoughts that rattle your head I suspect. Have a Whisky… Azerbaijan’s finest!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Just insults then . As expected.

          • Tamerlane

            As deserved.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            What has upset you today. Oh I pointed out that only one person had been killed in the UK by terrorists in the last decade.
            You didn’t like it because hour scaremongering dislikes the truth.

    • Tamerlane

      The bus crash in Spain can’t happen here because we’re not in Spain. The plane crash in Russia can’t happen here because we’re not in Russia. The floods in bay of Bengal can’t happen here because we’re not in the bay of Bengal

      Do you see a pattern emerging in my response tiny brain?

      The Brussels terror attacks can happen in Brussels, because they did. The Paris terror attacks can happen in Paris, because they did. The London terror attacks can happen in London, because they did. The New York terror attacks can happen in New York… (see if you can finish the sentence).

      • Father Todd Unctious

        So attacks in Belgium cannot happen here. My very point.

        • Tamerlane

          No, but attacks in London can. My very point. At least try Yvonne/Barry. Try.

    • Bertie

      And how many rapes in Rotherham and rest of Northern England? Nearly all committed by Moslems.

      As to Rigby, are you happy for a British soldier to be brutally murdered on the streets of his own country by two Moslem Immigrants? Seriously.

      Your examples are “ALL Accidents” by the way.

      The case of Moslem extremism isn’t an accident,it’s something we can stop because it is a coordinated series of events aimed at killing Non moslems. There’s nothing accidental about it.

  • Tickertapeguy

    If the leaders of Europe keep bringing in millions of Muslims then it is bound to happen.
    When European nations hardly have any control of their borders and are supposed to take in a quota of these refugees, due to EU regulations, then this kind of attack will happen over and over again.

    Only when European nations have full control of their borders and the European Union, along with her laws, are no more could each European nation control her population and her borders thereby eliminating a growing threat from terrorists of any kind.

    • Mary Ann

      You are not going to eliminate terrorism by controlling borders, terrorists are recruited via the internet. Border controls only makes it slightly more difficult, unless you are going to build a Trump wall around every country, and keep it manned all along its length. We mustn’t allow Daesh to change our way of life, that of course is letting them win.

      • Tickertapeguy

        I disagree.
        Right now European nations have to take in a quota of refugees. independent nations are not dictated by a capital in another nation of who they should take in and who they should refuse. Poland was the first to defy Brussels. Poland should not be in a position where the obvious aspect of borders is an issue.
        As for the UK her culture being that of an island nation allows her an exceptional history regarding continental Europe.
        Well before nation states so many wars were fought to defend a kingdom’s boundaries. That has not changed today.
        Ever wonder why Japan does not have any Muslim problems?

      • Harryagain

        Terrorist are recruited in mosques.
        They need to be closed and the evil cult banned.
        Pus all adherents deported.

      • Jacobi

        Round up and humane Internment will have to come. Sad, but there it is. 10 years from mow we’ll be kicking ourselves in the posterior, those who can are agile enough of course, for not having done it 8 years earlier.

  • Pretty_Polly

    The ‘Gates of Vienna’ forecast is turning out to be exactly right so far..

    Do read this if you are interested in what lies behind the shocking events in Paris and Brussels and where it is likely to lead..

    http://gatesofvienna.net/2015/11/tet-take-two-islams-2016-european-offensive/

    • Infadel

      I’ve read it already – let’s hope Mr Bracken is wrong!

  • James

    Could happen or will happen – failure of politicians and the pursuit of personal gain above national interest has made the UK a security risk.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Gosh yes. I mean in eleven years there has been one killing by terrorists in the UK.

      • James

        I would check how many convictions for terrorism if I were you as well as the rape count.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          Why?

          • James

            To see the extent of the problem.

          • Harryagain

            Because you clearly have your head up your are se

        • eagle keeper

          In Nam we went by body count. They never made it to court, sorry.

  • Alison H

    Gay men, tall buildings. Just testing the moderator.

  • eagle keeper

    I really don’t think the rag heads want to open that can of worms. But if they do, the dark skinned people from what some of the gun toters have said will become targets of opportunity. So they might want to rethink that one.

  • Bad Lad

    May? It definitely is going to happen.

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