The bomb is Brussells has brought out the usual reactions, media overkill, outrage spouted everywhere, knee jerk reactions and occasional attacks on passing Muslims.
TV and Radio naturally devoted hours of time to the developing situation when the news first came through, and this is understandable, however the hours of needless, if not to say meaningless talk since then has been a little depressing. A requirement to fill time rather than a desire to provide information appears to lead news reporting all too often.
Once again somewhat easily led young men have found a cause in which to immolate themselves, except the one who ran for it that is. All appear to have been petty criminal, which might have cut their conscience to some effect previously, possibly they saw this as a salvation. Many innocent are dead, hundreds wounded and once again a city stands around claiming to stand together and not be moved by this.
Of course horrible as this is the UK is somewhat used to such events. Thirty years of IRA terrorism, mostly paid for by US donations, and the several Islamic outrages since have mentally prepared us in a way the Belgians are just learning.
As always the majority complain about the nasty Arabs but few complain about the European and Americans responsible for this. Belgium took over large areas of Africa in the nineteenth century and imported many form north Africa to work deep down in their coal mines. Not unnaturally their descendants remained and have been more or less dumped in the corners of Belgium and forgotten. Little wonder some feel a grievance.
ISIS, or Daesh or whatever arose from a combination of US led attacks on Iraq and elsewhere with gun-toting US presidents believing the were John Wayne fighting Indians and forgetting this was the real world. Saudi & Qatar joining together to attack Iran through Syria has not helped and out of the mess arises ISIS. Their well led organisation now inspires people throughout Europe to atrocities in the name of their cause.
The availability of guns in Europe is renown while it is harder to obtain such in the UK, this aids us somewhat but still we require to rely on intelligence to defeat those individuals and groups tempted to act. Muslims here also offer information whatever Donald Trump claims.
More such acts will occur, the best defence is not going to stop this. One answer is to develop the intelligence operation and develop the propaganda arm aimed at those ISIS wish to recruit. Only Muslim help can do this. The war will be long and ghastly, who knows where it will strike next?
Oh and remember the news coverage on this incident is vastly greater than that given to the bomb attacks seen in Muslim nations. This is strange as many thousands of Muslims have died from Muslim extremists, vastly more than the deaths recorded in Europe. Maybe that tells us something?