The recent attack in Brussels was a self inflicted wound, performed by native-born sons of Belgium, disaffected Muslims enabled by a society that coddled the darkest corners of their nature in the name of pluralism.
And for that, Europe has no one left to point blame at but itself.
Multiculturalism has long been a favorite doctrine for Postmodern thinking, especially so in Western Europe, where any sense of moral or cultural boundaries are met with the charge of possessing a “phobia”.
And by pretending that all values and ideas have equal merit and standing, or that none deserve to be met with discerning eyes by the broader culture, the Postmodern mind has effectively made it a secular sin to question the moral standards of any culture or belief system…at least if it isn’t historically rooted in Western civilization like Christianity.
How does a society that prizes moral relativism as its lone absolute able to make a moral stand against immoral ideas and worldviews?
If the only wrong doing is murder after the fact then how do you stop the domino effect of events that lead up to plotting murder itself? Because sobering as it is to hear, the blast zone is a symptom of a disease in the culture, a deadly one, but not the disease itself.
So what does all this mean in the latest Jihadist driven terror attack to shake the heart of Europe?
Within hours of the deadly suicide bombings that rocked the Brussels airport terminals and subway tunnels, the top philosophical priority of pluralism was not to mourn with the fallen, avenge the survivors, pursue justice with righteous indignation, or resolve to root out terror cells within Europe…but to pretend nothing cancerous was domestically embedded in Europe already. Protecting the status quo that all worldviews were still equally valid, even if some prefer to use plastic explosives against civilians, was top priority.
So far, more than 30 murdered bystanders have been tallied among the carnage and more than 150 are maimed and injured.
The Brussels suicide attacks came a mere five months after the mass murders in Paris that terrorized Europe and left more than 130 men and women butchered in cold blood. These atrocities were performed by terrorists who had pledged their allegiance to ISIS and were carrying out what they were programmed to believe was a holy Jihad.
Although most of the Parisian Jihadist assailants were killed during the attacks or in the days after in a nearby suburb, one ISIS cell remained at large. That man, Salah Abdeslam, was apprehended in BRUSSELS after a month long manhunt across the continent.
Adding insult to injury is the reality that Belgium had been on high alert since his arrest before the latest attacks. Authorities knew Abdeslam had a substantial terror network in Brussels, and that he had been buying his time to strike across Europe with other attacks.
Belgian authorities even feared Abdeslam’s network of Jihadist conspirators would lash out in response to his capture. Belgian police had discovered bomb detonators in a safe house prior to his arrest. These findings have given credence to speculation that the bombings in Brussels were in response to Abdeslam being taken into custody, either out of fear that he would reveal fellow ISIS loyalists or that the intelligence community would soon be hot on their heels.
But Belgian officials were dumbfounded by how extensive his homegrown network of terror resources proved to be.
From the fact he was smuggled with ease back into Belgium by domestic accomplices after the Paris attacks, to the disturbing reality he evaded capture for so long and was regrouping for future attacks with aide in Brussels, to the embarrassing revelation he was hiding right under the nose of the police the entire manhunt —mere yards from where his parents live, Belgium was overwhelmed by the tentacles of the terror within them.
Which brings us to the actual heart of the problem at hand. How is it that in a supposedly first world Western European country can be swarming internally with a home grown network of ISIS sympathizing operatives who actively plot to harm their countrymen as well as fellow Europeans?
The unpleasant answer is that this is a bed Europe made long ago—and it’s only going to be aggravated by continuing a public policy predicated upon moral relativism. Europe has permitted third world migrant workers from the Muslim world to enter the continent without vetting for nearly 70 years, and it started out as a temporary solution to solve the lack of man power that World War 2 caused with its devastating body count. But Europeans drew out no concrete plan for how to house and assimilate these people…and they stayed.
As time progressed war-weary European leadership decided asking migrants to assimilate was against their newfound “virtue” of multiculturalism, which they felt was a safe guard against foreign conflict by abandoning nationalistic identities, but instead it has led to civil disunity and in many respects the loss of civilization itself.
At the same time, they managed to largely ostracize Muslim Europe, giving the community a mixed signal about where they belonged. What resulted was a form of segregation, self-insulated Muslim enclaves often on the fringes of major European cities, became as foreign to Europe as Istanbul or Cairo.
And these communities aren’t a walk in the park. They are volatile and often violent places that are in some manners, mirror images to certain impoverished American inner cities. They remain segregated from much of Europe in their own bubble via shared language, a shared religion, and a continued influx of unassimilated immigration from their places of origin.
And there is no cultural expectation to become Europeans, no matter how many generations have passed. It is absolutely commonplace for second- and third-generation Moroccan and Libyan immigrants to look to their ancestral home for a wife. These Arabic men want a woman that isn’t “defiled” or shaped by European values..or the lack there of them. These marriage arrangements ensure an uninterrupted chain of first-generation mothers having second-generation children…and assimilation is never a child rearing priority.
The bottom line is that Europe has made this dilemma a true existential threat to Western societies, by making a culture with a fertile and inviting environment for foreign terror to become domestic terror that collaborates with operatives from abroad. Not even the KGB or CIA have ever had such enviable networks behind enemy lines.
If Europe stands any chance to draw a line in the sand against the home grown terror network it has unwittingly enabled, then its worship of politcal correctness must fall by the wayside.
Europe must be willing to insist and assert European values and a European way of life or else lose Europe altogether.