Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence
The life o’ th’ building!
— Shakespeare, Macbeth
For years the good people of Belgium have practiced submission to Islam even as they slathered mayonnaise onto their patates frites. They welcomed Muslims into their little country and housed them in their churches, removing the pews to make the accommodations more commodious. In their exquisite sensitivity to Muslims, priests covered all symbols of the infidel religion. No Muslim eye would be offended by the sight of a crucifix.
Taking submission one step further, Belgium’s anti-Israel rhetoric grew louder. “See,” they signaled to their guests, “We have enemies in common. So it must follow that we are friends.”
The signs of submission were accepted, though not graciously. But it was not enough. And so this morning Brussels, the capital of the European Union, was attacked by what anti-terrorism experts described as an “explosive mix of highly capable foreign fighters trained by ISIS and sympathetic locals who are unknown to authorities but eager to help in attacks.”
First came two explosions in the busy departure area of the Brussels airport. An hour later a bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near European Union headquarters. Blood and body parts were everywhere. So far, the death toll is 34 “What we feared has happened,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
Then some of the world’s greatest state sponsors of terror weighed in. Syria, who is unhappy with Obama’s support for the so-called “moderate Islamists” fighting the Assad regime, correctly traced the attacks to “wrong policies and a tolerance for terrorism.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a steadfast supporter of Hamas and a supplier of arms and medical services to ISIS, who has been working to engage NATO in a war with Russia in order to further its agenda against the Kurds, likened the Brussels attacks to those in Ankara, and asserted a “need for common struggle against all types of terror.”
In Havana, President Obama reaffirmed our “steadfast support” for Belgium, and offered to help bring “those responsible to justice.” Whoever that might be. Hillary Clinton, who is running for president, is finally willing to go further. “Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world,” she bleated. Radical Jihadism? Have we seen another kind?
Ted Cruz named the enemy: “Radical Islam is at war with us,” and Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu described the enemy’s goal. “In all these cases the terrorists have no resolvable differences,” he said. “What they seek is our utter destruction.”
Of our presidential candidates, only Donald Trump has shown an understanding of the nature of the enemy and what we must do to protect the homeland. “Islam hates us,” he said earlier this month. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victim of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
Alternatively, like Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, we can sit and wait until our fears come true.