The cowardly and gruesome terrorist attacks in Brussels quickly brought a litany of condemnations from the Western world, but perhaps not shockingly, the silence from the Middle East was deafening. An exception came from Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad who said, “the attacks resulted from Western governments and their Arab allies labeling some Syrian groups ‘moderate,’ a designation it said had served to legitimize terrorism.” As Dorothy learned in the Wizard of Oz, there are good witches and bad witches. President Obama’s foreign policy team composed of Defense Secretary Leon Panneta, CIA Director, General David Petraeus, Chairman of the Joint Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued before a Senate Committee that arming the “good” terrorists to fight against Assad was effective in furthering US foreign policy objectives in Syria, namely removing Assad. Unlike Oz, there are no good terrorists.
Then NATO ally Turkey, which has been using the fight against ISIS to attack Kurdish civilians and militias actually fighting ISIS in Syria, attempted to shift the blame to terrorists, including its enemy the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). President (for Life) Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the Brussels attacks, saying thugs that besiege a city’s international airport and train stations have proved they know no “humanitarian or moral bounds.” The authoritarian wannabe claims the battle he is waging with the Kurdish PKK is no different than al-Qaeda and the “heinous methods they deploy.” Turkey has allegedly been struck by the PKK several times in the past few months but the details remain sketchy.
But a closed-door meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II doused the Turkish president’s rhetoric and heaped criticism on the country by accusing its government of “enabling the infiltration of Islamist terrorists into Europe and encouraging a radical Islamic solution to the crises in the Middle East.”
Abdullah continued, “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”
Abdullah also told US lawmakers that Erdogan believes in a “radical Islamic solution to the region. Turkey sought a religious solution to Syria, while we are looking at moderate elements in the south and Jordan pushed for a third option that would not allow a religious option.”
The king, who was educated in the US and embodies strong allegiances to the West, said Turkey remains part of a strategic challenge to the world. “We keep being forced to tackle tactical problems against ISIL [the Islamic State group] but not the strategic issue. We forget the issue [of] the Turks who are not with us on this strategically.”
But is the Western world prepared for the increase of terrorism?
A new Rasmussen Reports national survey found that 63 percent of Americans believe there will be a terrorist attack like the one in Brussels somewhere inside the United States this year.
Glen Winn, an aviation security expert confirms many terrorists are operating under the radar. “Some of them are caught yes, but obviously many aren’t.”
Winn highlighted that the Brussels’ terror attack that killed 34, including four Americans is nothing new. “We can go back to the eighties when we had explosions in airports in Rome and machine gunning at Easter. The bombings in Frankfurt airport, which took place in front of the then Northwest airlines, Pan-American airways ticket counter, and multiple people were killed and wounded in that attack. There was a big suitcase left in the lobby area right in front of the ticket counter by terrorists, later to be known as Hezbollah.”
But could a Brussels–like attack happen in the US and will it prompt lawmakers to increase airport security? “Yes. We are going to see added security. The public is going to demand it because they are going to be weary, leery if you will, going into airports looking in the lobbies as well. I know I will be paying, even more, attention than I normally do. Is there a way to prevent it? Of course, there is and that is to move security to the front door of the airport or even beyond and of course therein lies the cost.” (Watch the entire interview here)
While Europe grapples with the seemingly unrelenting terror attacks, US officials have said they are beefing up security at the nation’s airports. But how safe are US airports?
Former Director of the CIA, James Woolsey said in a November 2015 interview on Fox News “that many of the nation’s airport security staffers are not subjected to full vetting. Many, in fact, come from overseas locations and are hired through the same process used to employ farm workers.”
The former CIA director wouldn’t rule out the possibility that workers could have terror ties. “They used to be vetted,” Woolsey said. “Now, quite a few of them are foreign nationals who have just worker visas. They’re treated like agricultural workers.” He also pointed out that these workers could do “a lot more damage in the baggage handling area of an airline than you can if you’re a terrorist than you can do in the middle of a wheat field.”
Plus, American journalist Aaron Klein spoke to a self-proclaimed ISIS leader that claimed the group already has jihadists inside those airport facilities. “The Islamic State is a state. The Islamic State has agents all around the very sensitive facilities in the world, like metro stations, like airports and other places whether in the West or in the Arab world. We have our mujahideen implanted in those facilities as workers, as employees, even in the security field in the airports,” he reported.
Other national security think tanks are also sounding the alarm bells. “Westerners sense that Islamist terror is on the rise as they follow the daily news, especially with the devastating attacks in Brussels and Paris,” said Pete Hoekstra, Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Shillman Senior Fellow, and former Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. “They might be shocked, however, at how significantly it has spiraled in deadliness and focus in such a very short amount of time.” The report highlights that deaths from jihadist assaults rose from an annual average of roughly 2,500 innocents per year from 2001 to 2006, to an average of 3,300 per year in 2007-2011, to 9,000 per year in 2012-2013 and more than tripled to an average of more than 28,000 in 2014-2015. Frightening scenarios will unfold over the coming months and years should current trends advance unchecked.”
The terrorist attacks also spilled into presidential politics. GOP hopeful Donald Trump argued that the “terrorists are totally winning” under the governance of President Obama, and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He told Breitbart news; “The terrorists will cause Hillary Clinton to lose the election. She’s weak on borders. She’s weak on crime. She’s weak on anything having to do with controversy other than controversy with herself. She’s weak on the police. She’s weak on anything having to do with strength. Hillary is so weak on the borders and so afraid to talk negatively about protecting our people, that it will end up costing her the election in my opinion.”
Whereas Ms. Clinton released a statement that read: “Terrorists have once again struck at the heart of Europe, but their campaign of hate and fear will not succeed. The people of Brussels, of Europe, and of the world will not be intimidated by these vicious killers. Today Americans stand in solidarity with our European allies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded, and all the people of Belgium. These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”
Even the Pope spoke out in his Easter message calling for more love and understanding of Muslims while jihadis responded with a terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan which killed dozens of Christians and a reported crucifixion of a captured Catholic priest in Yemen.
However, all the partisan bickering won’t solve the current radical Islamic war on the West and beyond. As westerners grapple with increased terrorism, a few weekend headlines speak for themselves. The Easter holiday headlines provide ample proof terrorism isn’t going away anytime soon.
Twenty-nine children among 72 killed in Sunday’s suicide bombing after Taliban jihadi blew himself up next to SWINGS at a park in Pakistan. The Daily Mail, a UK publication reported the Easter holiday suicide bomber attack specifically targeted Christians. The Taliban terrorist slaughtered at least 65 and wounded another 300. Not only did the gruesome attack target Christians, but it also exploded near a children’s playground in a park in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore Pakistan.
The same publication posted this; ISIS ‘crucifies Catholic priest on Good Friday’ after kidnapping him from old people’s home where four nuns were shot dead. An Indian Catholic priest kidnapped by ISIS-linked terrorists in Yemen earlier this month made good on their promise to crucify the priest on Good Friday. “Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, 56, was taken by Islamist gunmen, reportedly linked to ISIS, who attacked an old people’s home in Aden, southern Yemen, killing at least 15 people. The terrorists reportedly carried out the heinous murder on Good Friday, after threatening to do so earlier in the week, according to the Archbishop of Vienna.”
And the Mirror reported: German train operator introduces women-only carriages amid fears over ‘migrant sex attacks.’ The train carriages will be next to the conductor in a bid to make women feel safer. A spokesman for the railway said: “The local proximity to the customer service representative is chosen deliberately. The Regiobahn line between Leipzig and Chemnitz will introduce the carriages to increase security for women.”
Young women are being abducted from Mexico’s second largest city. According to VICE News, another war on women is taking the form of kidnappings. The trend in Jalisco, Mexico finds a number of women have gone missing. Last year 1,161 female disappeared and another 187 women have been reported missing in the first two months of this year. The local mayor dismissed the kidnapping stories at first, but on March 17, he held a press conference, confirming the abductions. “We will act firmly and responsibly,” Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro said. “We cannot and will never ignore a problem that is clearly affecting the quality of life of the city’s inhabitants, particularly women.”
And finally, Stephen Miller exposes faux feminism on CNN with female genital mutilation. On CNN’s Sunday talk show, Trump’s senior policy advisor Stephen Miller pointed out there are many other topics to focus on that don’t involve Donald Trump’s retweets.
“It’s a choice that the political class makes in DC in terms of what they want to focus on… It is a trivial issue to be debating retweets when it is a fact that you have Americans dying every single day as a result of our immigration policies. You want to talk about women’s issues? Here’s something we should be talking about. This is a fact: as a result of uncontrolled migration into this country— you can look this up, this is a statistic from Equality Now — half a million US girls in this country are at risk of female genital mutilation. The fact that half a million US girls are at risk of female genital mutilation as a result of large-scale Muslim migration has been widely documented by publications ranging from NPR to ABC, to Reuters, to Newsweek, to the Daily Beast, to the Huffington Post, to the Atlantic, to the New York Times.
Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who introduced Edward Snowden to the world, stated in a speech in Rancho Mirage, California that the question he is never asked is why the jihadis hate us so much. He suggested it lies in part to the War on Terror that has killed hundreds of thousands of non-combatants in drone and air strikes and raids. As well as the idea that the West is determined to force Western values on Muslims. Regardless of the politicization of everything Washington, the sad truth is the world has a number of problems and resolving them will require objectivity, something US politicians avoid like a community potluck.