By Andrew Bolt ~
Not doing more to destroy the Islamic State is looking more catastrophic by the day:
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for co-ordinated attacks in Brussels, Belgium’s capital, which have left up to 35 people dead and about 190 wounded. A pair of bombings at Brussels airport at 8am local time (6pm Tuesday AEDT) were followed by a third bombing, at one of the city’s railway stations.
But here’s the near-insoluble danger: Brussels now has up to 300,000 Muslims. It is the biggest Muslim city in the European Union. A poll two years ago found 16 per cent of young Belgian Muslims found terrorism acceptable. Terrorist networks responsible for the Paris slaughter and yesterday’s attacks in Belgium have enough supporters to hide in Brussels for months without detection or betrayal.
Europe opened its gates and now cannot eject the hostile culture it so foolishly admitted. The future for Belgium is clear: there will be more terrorism attacks.
And for Europe the illegal immigrant crisis has become even more dangerous. There is not just the threat of 1 million illegal immigrants a year to deal with but the increasing fear and hostility of Europeans. Weak leadership has left some European cities at the risk of a kind of civil war between Muslims and non-believers.
Edwin Bakker, director of the Centre for Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at Leiden University in The Hague, said with the highest number per capita of extremists travelling to and from Syria, Belgium seemed to have lost control of the problem.
“Apparently the intelligence position is not good enough to find these people or even to find the most wanted terrorist in Europe,” he said of Abdeslam, the Belgian-born French suspect who was arrested on Friday after a four-month manhunt.
“It took them several months and this guy was not hiding on his own…
“The events of today increase both worries about the intelligence position of Belgian authorities as well as how many supporters there are.
“They’re not that amateuristic either. These support groups are a big worry and in some countries they run in the hundreds if not the thousands and that’s too many for the authorities to monitor.”
Europe has tipped over the line between too few to worry about and too many to resist. Where is Australia?
After years of persecution for warning of this, Geert Wilders says there will come worse:
Dutch Party For Freedom (PVV) leader and prominent counter-Islamist campaigner Geert Wilders … has lamented it is just the beginning of growing Islamist violence.
Mr. Wilders said: “I fear that we ain’t seen nothing yet. According to Europol 3,000 to 5,000 European jihadists, who went to Syria to fight in the ranks of IS and similar terrorist groups, have meanwhile returned to Western Europe. Some of them hid among the hundreds of thousands of Islamic asylum seekers that entered Europe from Asia and Africa.
“Two of last November’s terrorist in Paris had fought in Syria. So had the terrorist who, last August, attempted to attack the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. So had the two terrorists who, in January 2015, massacred the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo. So had the terrorist who, in May 2014, shot four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels”.
Belgian police have recently said at least 90 returned fighters from the Islamic State are living at liberty in Brussels, many of them in the infamous Molenbeek neighbourhood.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.