Belgium has placed Brussels at the highest terror alert level, citing a "serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population."Here.
The announcement by the Crisis Centre of the Belgian Interior Ministry is advising the public to avoid places where large groups gather -- such as concerts, sporting events, airports and train stations -- and comply with security checks. The rest of the nation will maintain its current terror level.
If people take the terror alert seriously, Brussels will be "shut down tomorrow," CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.
Belgium started moving troops into the streets of Brussels yesterday. The only reason why I didn't post on it was because of the pushback that I was getting on the illegal immigration in Europe issue and my wanting to see what the European/American bloggers were saying about it.
I've seen nada.
People are in the duck and cover mode because they don't want to be caught saying anything inflammatory. I get it but think about this. For the second weekend in a row a major European city is endangered.
Personally I wonder about modern society. Just 20 years ago this would have been reason enough for vigorous and lethal military action. The assault against ISIS would have been unrelenting.
The West is in a defensive crouch saying "mommy make the bad man stop". I'd be disgusted but this evolution to passivity in the face of danger has been bred into the zeitgeist of the populations on both sides of the Atlantic. Chesty was right (Some say that this quote is racist. I might be naive but I believe he was talking about the American race. If I'm wrong I'll adjust accordingly).