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Europe’s Far Right Is Propagandizing The Brussels Bombing

Belgian troops on patrol in cenral Brusselsl following Tuesday's bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Following the attacks in Brussels, Belgium that killed at least 30 people and injured many more, EU heads of state issued a joint statement condemning the attacks and reinforcing “European values and tolerance from the attacks of the intolerant.”

Yet while the European Council urged members to “be united and firm in the fight against hatred, violent extremism and terrorism,” right-wing party leaders around Europe used the attacks to justify and extend their xenophobic platforms.


In Austria, according to the Wall Street Journal, Heinz-Christian Strache, who serves as one of the leaders of the far right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), responded to the attacks by saying “[These attacks highlight why] irresponsible mass immigration from the Arab world must be ended once and for all.”

Austrian anti-discrimination organization ZARA has said racism in Austria is higher than ever, with 1201 reported and recorded xenophobic attacks.

With roots dating back to the 1800s, the Freedom Party advocates against EU integration. In the midst of the uncertainty and unrest over Europe’s migration crisis, the FPO managed to win 30 percent of votes in September’s local elections, and sustained that victory in October’s general elections.  


In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, France’s far-right party, Front National, aggressively pushed their anti-EU, closed border platform, to huge success: In France’s December election, Front National won a record six million votes in the first round.

After the Brussels bombings, party leader Marine Le Pen made a statement to a Canadian crowd after attending meetings in Quebec:

“We need to take seriously the criminal networks of Islamic fundamentalists that exist in our countries… I’ve maintained this position in France for months. And I will repeat the same thing everywhere I go… I don’t get the sense that Islamic fundamentalism is being treated like the threat it really is. And just like I saw in France in the past, here in Canada, whoever condemns Islamic fundamentalism is accused of Islamophobia.”

Marie Le Pen has been impugned for “thinly veiled racist positions” — positions her father, Jean-Marie, pioneered without any veil — and has been outspoken about the deterioration of French society at the hands of multiculturalism.


Under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership, Germany has been incredibly welcoming of refugees. After a video of Germans congregating to warmly welcome the first round of refugees, the world began to look to Germany, and in particular Chancellor Merkel, as a beacon of strength amid global disequilibrium.

But in September 2015, when Deutschland Trend conducted a public opinion poll to measure Germans’ opinions towards the resettlement, results showed that German support for migrants had decreased since Merkel’s initial announcement, and Merkel’s approval ratings had plummeted, with one in two Germans believing that Merkel acted inappropriately.

Germans’ growing discontent with Chancellor Merkel and the Christian Democratic Party have yielded a rise in nationalistic sentiment and right-wing politics.

The right wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) — with slogan “Asylum requires borders – Red card for Merkel” — has benefited from increasingly resentment towards Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the migrant crisis has fueled support for the anti-immigration AfD party, and recent public opinion polls show support for the AfD rising while approval for Merkel’s Christian Democratic party decreases.

In the wake of the Brussel attacks, the Alternative Fur Deutschland leader Frauke Petry said “The dream of a colorful Europe is dead, bombed away yet again… Finally accept it. It is time for change!”


In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has suggested that Europe should close its borders to Muslims to avoid the “Islamic invasion.”

The PVV advocates for strong assimilation into Dutch culture, and prides itself on being Eurosceptic. With many Dutch dissatisfied with the European Union’s agreement to resettle refugees, the PVV is building a base in Holland.

In fact, according to public opinion polls, the PVV has attracted such a strong following that it could win an election immediately. In a statement issued to Breitbart London, Wilders claimed:

“It is time to act. First of all, we must close our national borders and detain all the jihadists whom we have foolishly allowed to return from Syria. We must also tell people the truth. The cause of all this bloodshed is Islam. We need to de-Islamize the West. That is the only way to safeguard our lives and protect our freedom.”

In a later interview with Breitbart, Wilders continued to denounce the attacks by saying:

“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.”

European Commissioner Hermann Kelly, commented that “[it] is amazing to me that these people can kill people abroad, come here, and then walk free in the centre of Brussels.”

In response to Kelly’s observations,  Wilders said “Returned Syria fighters are a huge threat. They are dangerous predators roaming our streets. It is absolutely unbelievable that our governments allow them to return. And it is incredible that, once returned, they are not imprisoned… In the Netherlands, we have dozens of these returned jihadists. Our government allows most of them to freely walk our streets and refuses to lock them up. I demand that they be detained at once. Every government in the West, which refuses to do so, is a moral access have pushed for closed borders if one of these monsters commits an atrocity.”

Wilders is one of many European leaders that have pushed for closed borders in the wake of recent tragedies.

In addition to his public interviews, Wilder tweeted:

“If I become Dutch Prime Minister next year, I’ll crush Islamic terrorism, close our national borders, and De-Islamize The Netherlands. #nomore”

A few hours later, Wilder posted another tweet that directly blamed Islam for the attacks:

“What are the causes of all these terror attacks?






Hungary, like many European countries, responded to the migrant crisis with increased nationalistic sentiments.

According to the Hungarian government’s website, the Orban government sent Hungarians a questionnaire to gage their opinions about the migrant crisis. However, economics professor Gyorgy Malovics explained that the questionnaire was framed in nationalistic terms, as it included warnings of Hebdo-style killings and reminders of Hungarian pride.

NPR reports that over one million Hungarians responded to the survey, and the results have been used to justify Hungary’s strictly anti-migrant policies.

According to Express, Orban’s government commissioned the construction of a 110 foot wall along its shared border with Serbia in order to keep migrants out of Hungary.

Yet Orban’s hardline stance was not enough for some Hungarians. The Jobbik Party is even farther to the right, and 20 percent of Hungarians supported them in April elections, a huge increase in support.

Although support for Jobbiks has decreased since April, it should be noted that they were the ones that proposed the fence as well as the military deployment that followed.

Following yesterday’s attacks, Hungarian Foreign Minister stated that “There is no doubt that illegal migration is behind the rise in terror threat”

Representatives from the Orban government responded to the attacks by saying “We’ve said many times: [the] EU have to fully stop illegal migration,


As Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi agreed to European Union demands to accept refugees amidst funding threats, the Italian public began shifting in favor of the Northern League, which boasts a strong anti-immigrant record.

Northern League leaders Gian Marco Centinaio and Massimiliano Fedriga commented to the Wall Street Journal:

“We are astonished and heartbroken for the lives broken by Islamic hate. We aren’t responding, the E.U. institutions are weak, fragile, helpless and are turning the other way, allowing these massacres.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Northern League has also called for the closure of Mosques.

Photo: Belgian troops on patrol in cenral Brusselsl following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler


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  1. Anonymous March 23, 2016

    You’re part of the problem for releasing garbage articles like this. Shame on you

  2. Otto T. Goat March 23, 2016

    Good. If Europe had listened to the right they wouldn’t have such a big Muslim problem now.

    1. 1standlastword March 23, 2016

      Calling yourself Goat now…befitting indeed…LOL!!!

      Listen to the right…Good Grief Otto!

      This whole disaster started BECAUSE people listened to the right…the American right!!

      Do any of these names ring your bell: Ahmed Challabi, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith just to name a few of the RW necon authors of the invasion cabal.

      Recall?? something about a coalition of the willing, mushrooms clouds, yellow cake uranium…that was the Right…right!?

      And then the rope around Saddam’s neck which turned out now to be a curse from the grave. That was the first in a series of tumbling dominoes–next Gadafi, then Mubarak and so on….They were all once friends of the Right…right!

      Bush/ Cheney opened this Pandora’s box and the evil that flew is today’s worst “global terrorists network” version 1 ISIL.

      Listen to the right.

      The Right has always been wrong!!!! How much more evidence do we need! But then Goat sense never has enough evidence

      Good Grief Otto!

      1. itsfun March 24, 2016

        What allowed ISIS to grow is Obama announcing the date when the US would end being in Iraq. ISIS just sat and waited for that date and then grew and grew and grew. What Obama did in effect was to surrender. Hillary is on the same wave length as Obama on this. Just announce when you will leave, be nice to murderers and med evil head choppers. Just talk nice and they will change to being nice, peaceful people. They won’t want to kill every infidel as they do now.

        1. jmprint March 24, 2016

          No it wasn’t, it was the mistreatment of some of the groups by the newly installed leader Malaki by the Bush administration that led to the forming of ISIL.

        2. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

          Except ISIS comes from Syria, not Iraq. Other than that…

        3. johninPCFL March 24, 2016

          Sorry, the date for the American exit from Iraq was printed in the paperwork GWB signed before leaving office. All Obama did was live up to the agreement made by the previous American president.

      2. aghostdancer March 24, 2016

        They were attaching us since the 1800s LONG before the “american right. They attacked us under Clinton, and even the great peace maker Carter. This is NOT about “listening” to the right.It’s about common sense. Mexicans come to America by the millions and they learn the language, get jobs and live peacefully with their neighbors. No Mexican group has bomber the Twin towers, the Boston Marathon nor shoot up sunny Cali.

        Think before you speak.

    2. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

      OK thanks for letting us know what the only racist dumb enough to still believe the Bell Curve in 2016 thinks.

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        1. yabbed March 24, 2016

          Flagged as spam.

      2. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

        It’s funny you think The Bell Curve got anything wrong.

        1. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

          Well I’m sure all your siblingcousins in the trailer park think it’s great, but in the Outsider World it’s been discredited for decades. You’d have to be dumber than a 9/11 Truther to believe it, so – again – it’s not surprising that you do.

          1. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Nothing in it has been discredited, I don’t know where you get your information, not from scientific sources obviously.

          2. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Well not from the talk radio “scientists” you listen to, no. Just the ones who – you know – write papers. Sorry that you are illiterate!

          3. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            If you knew what the actual science was you would cry for days.

          4. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            The actual science is not written in crayon.

            I hope that helps!

    3. Phil Christensen March 24, 2016

      Stop using facts. You’re confusing the “progressives.”

      1. charleo1 March 24, 2016

        Progressives are not in need of an integrity infusion. As chaos, and hypocrisy reigns on the regressive Right.

      2. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

        The “progressives” can’t admit their policies were a mistake, instead they blame those who opposed them for the disaster they created. It’s disgusting.

        1. jmprint March 24, 2016

          So the war in Iraq is not a mistake, the trickle down economics not a mistake, hmmm the world is feeling the pain.

          1. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Trickle down economics is a misreprensentative term leftists invented to disparage Reagan’s successful economic polices.

          2. jmprint March 24, 2016

            Trickle down economics, is a republican way of doing business that doesn’t work. It trickles overseas, along with our jobs.

          3. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            It’s a meaningless term.

          4. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            It’s the exact term the Republicans themselves use to describe their economic policies, none of which have ever worked (something they have in common with all other Republican policies). Saying it’s an invention of “leftists” merely serves to illustrate how poorly educated you are, and the cartoonish way you string false talk-radio factoids together in order to cobble together what passes for your world view. You willing live in an information bubble, and it is hilarious.

          5. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            No it’s not. You have a habit of making false claims.

          6. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Ah OK, a guy who didn’t graduate high school says it isn’t true so it must not be. Weird how you can never quite find any links to back up your claims. The term was used by David Stockman – Reagan’s budget director – to describe their (non-functional) economic plans:

            “The supply-side formula was the only way to get a tax policy that was
            really ‘trickle down.’ Supply-side is ‘trickle-down’ theory.”

            Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1981/12/the-education-of-david-stockman/305760/?single_page=true

            I hope that helps!

          7. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Reagan’s policies worked, and they weren’t “trickle down”.

          8. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            I literally just linked to his budget director unambiguously stating that they were. Your denialism is fantastic. “Supply-side is ‘trickle-down’ theory”. Not a lot of wriggle room there, but I guess if you’re defending the guy who gave the world bin Laden you got bigger issues.

          9. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Stockman’s wrong. Even if one believes supply-side tax cuts are not the right policy they are not “trickle down”.

          10. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            But I thought you said trickle-down was a meaningless term? How can you say that supply-side definitively wasn’t trickle-down if trickle-down has no meaning? Make up whatever passes for your mind!

          11. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            It is meaningless.

          12. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            And yet you can somehow state that supply-side economics (giving tax breaks to the rich and hoping that it somehow benefits the middle classes and poor, although it never has and never will) is somehow different to trickle-down theory (giving tax breaks to the rich and hoping that it somehow benefits the middle classes and poor, although it never has and never will). Additionally, you can’t seem to explain why actual Republicans use this term to describe their policies, or why you made up a false claim that the one I quoted was doing so after he retired.

            These theories have never once worked in practice under any name (not even “horse and sparrow theory”), and – like every other Republican policy – they never will.

            I hope that helps! Sorry you were wrong several times in a row and couldn’t simply admit it!

          13. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Supply-side economists believe cutting taxes increases spending, investment, and economic efficiency, which leads to increased economic growth. None believe the cuts “trickle down”. If a capital gains cut leads me to expand and hire new workers, they benefit before I do.

          14. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Uh huh.

          15. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            That Stockman echoed liberal talking points after resigning doesn’t mean that’s how Republicans themselves describe their own policies.

          16. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            This was not after he resigned. Keep wriggling, though, because this is friggin’ hilarious!

            I hope that helps!

          17. Phil Christensen March 24, 2016

            He called you a racist. You won. Microphone drop.

          18. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            I know you it’s hard for you admit, because you blame Reagan for your GRIDS, but his economic policies worked. They were not, of course, “trickle down”, because there is no such thing.

          19. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Hahaha you think Reagan’s policies worked! Wow. This might be a bit of a news flash for you, but the senile old puppet who funded and trained al Qaeda and added trillions of dollars to the national debt wasn’t actually a very good President.

            That, of course, does not alter the fact that you were utterly wrong and are now trying to change the topic.

          20. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            You think he wasn’t a good President because him you irrationally blame him for your anal STD’s. The fact is Reagan’s policies turned around a stagnant economy.

          21. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            No, you’re thinking about Clinton and Obama. But that has nothing to do with the fact that you were 100% wrong.

          22. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            The 70’s, look them up.

          23. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            I did. Then I looked up the 80s and found Ronald Reagan’s failed Presidency, when he created al Qaeda and bin Laden, and treasonously gave weapons to the Iranians.

          24. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Most consider turning a stagnant economy around a success.

          25. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Glad to hear you’re an admirer of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but what does that have to do with you being 100% wrong about trickle-down economics?

          26. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            Bill Clinton didn’t inherit a stagnant economy. There was a mild recession at the end of Bush’s term, which had already ended by the time he took office. You don’t know anything about economics, but you keep making economic claims.

          27. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            OK sorry that you think that Reagan’s dismal economic performance somehow excuses his traitorous funding of terrorists, training of terrorists, and giving weapons to terrorists – all of which directly cost American lives.

          28. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            The economy under Reagan wasn’t dismal, it’s hilarious you people still can’t get over his success.

          29. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Yes, I get that you want to defend an actual traitor.

          30. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

            You live in a fantasy world.

          31. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

            Says the ignorant racist guy who was 100% wrong about everything and came up with 5 different contradictory excuses why.

          32. tomtype March 30, 2016

            It is just as hilarious that you can’t seem to get over Obama’s success.

          33. Otto T. Goat March 30, 2016

            The economy did much better under Reagan than Obama, but you people claim Reagan was a failure and Obama is a success.

          34. johninPCFL March 24, 2016

            Reagan’s “economic policies” did nothing until he began spending other people’s money ($700 hammers, $1200 toilet seats) like a madman. That’s why Stockman quit.
            When tax receipts didn’t cover his lunatic spending binge, he went on a borrowing spree that added $4T to the national debt. The “Reagan economic plan” was a stimulus to the MIC to the tune of $4T, in 1980 dollars.
            When GHWB attempted to raise taxes to lower the borrowing rate, he was defeated.

          35. Phil Christensen March 25, 2016

            They don’t understand that “trickle down” is an economic principle, not a philosophy. Every cause has an effect. Every economic system along the spectrum from communism to free markets “trickles down.” A better term would be “ripple effect,” but then that would take away one of the prog’s favorite sneering talking points. Want to see a prog’s head explode? Explain that during it’s heyday, 50% of the Soviet Union’s agricultural production came from the 2% of the farmland that was privately owned.

        2. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

          What mistake? Opposing the creation of ISIS in Iraq by one of your great “conservatives”? Or maybe you’re going back to the forties again, Otto. A little nostalgia can sometimes be forgivable, or even charming. But genocide? Slave labor? Concentration camps? War against the rest of the world?

      3. jmprint March 24, 2016

        No we all get the fact that otto is mentally deranged, sounds like you are the only one that’s confused.

        1. Phil Christensen March 24, 2016

          Progs are so cute when they try.

          1. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

            You’re so obnoxious when you “try” being so loftily superior while espousing the politics of the gutter.

          2. Phil Christensen March 25, 2016

            So what politics am I “espousing” here, exactly? You seem to think you can read my mind, but you come up with nothing concrete. As long as you make junior high arguments I’m going to respond to you as though I’m speaking to a child.

      4. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

        Go ahead and keep defending the indefensible. We’re not confused; obviously you’re one who’s confused. Yeah, “Junior High,” right Phil? Still better than rock bottom with the likes of you.

    4. yabbed March 24, 2016

      Europe tried that with that other troublesome minority, the Jews, and look where that took them. There is no place in civilized society for your brand of hate and bigotry.

      1. aghostdancer March 24, 2016

        The Jews were living peacefully, learned the local language, integrated into local society and brought peace and kindness where they went. The same is NOT true of the Islamic immigrants in any nation. They do NOT assimilate and instead demand you assimilate to them, they do not bring peace. They blow themselves and others up. They bring hate and death everywhere they go. name one terrorist attack by even a single jew prior to Hitler that gave the people cause and reason to ast the way they are today? You can’t because they didn’t have the same reason. Your example is thereby foolish and to quote the GOP candidate(s) it’s STUPID!

        1. Phil Christensen March 25, 2016

          But it’s also typical of progs. They can take the mildest disagreement and go strait to Hitler.

      2. Otto T. Goat March 24, 2016

        What deranged “logic”.

        1. jmprint March 24, 2016

          Yes otto, you speak the truth, your logic is deranged.

        2. Phil Christensen March 25, 2016

          Yup, right to Hitler. Because, well we disagree, so… Hitler. Yeah, Hitler.

    5. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

      Yes, Otto. We all know you pine for the return of really good government to Europe.

      1. Otto T. Goat March 25, 2016

        You’re such a simpleton.

    6. tomtype March 30, 2016

      It was listening to the the right, and not accepting and not integrating the North Africans that gave them this Muslim problem in the first place. Listening to the American experience of taking them in and integrating them into the society would have been much sounder advice.

      1. Otto T. Goat March 30, 2016

        No, it was the left who insisted on bringing all the Muslims in, and it’s the left who has failed to integrate them, which is not surprising since they don’t want to be integrated.

  3. FireBaron March 24, 2016

    One thing I have noted – whenever a political group uses the word “Freedom” in the name of their association, it usually means they wish to deny that to others in the same geopolitical area.

    1. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

      It’s their “freedom” to control others they’re concerned about. That’s one of the reasons that “freedom” and “liberty” are fast becoming meaningless words like “natural.”

  4. charleo1 March 24, 2016

    If we say one thing about terrorism, it should be that it is a tactic, not a trait. That it is not, nor has it ever been indigenous to a particular group of persons, or religion. And that it can be vey effective, but only as effective as a civilized society in it’s crosshairs allows it to be. As a society may allow it to be politicized, become divisive, and be used as a cudgel against terrorism’s greatest foil, which is unification. Terrorism can be deadly effective when not fought sensibly. When fear, and political opportunism is allowed to illicit the kind of disproportional response we witnessed with the Bush Adm. Who unwisely sought to use the terrorist acts of 9/11 that may have cost Al Qaeda as little as $100,000 dollars, that ultimately cost America, and her Allies trillions. While laying fertile recruitment ground for even more terrorist organizations, producing yet more terrorist acts.
    Now we hear Right Wing Governments across the globe proposing to do more of the terrorist’s bidding by helping them divide one great religion against another. One race of people against the next. Could the terrorists be more delighted in such a result? Could they be more encouraged by wrongheaded responses advancing their endeavors to divide Europe? Or sadly, with the rancorous divisive politics they are hearing in America Policies being advocated by leading Presidential candidates for banning Muslims, and initiating preemptive police measures against Muslim neighborhoods in a Country who’s turn from small d democratic principles would be seen as a crowing achievement, and viewed as a reward for all their murderous work?

    1. Leftout March 24, 2016

      In this case mischief making is a trait , a survey indicated that 40% American Normal? Moslems , are in favor of terrorism .you would think that praying 5 X a day and unlimited laying with unlimited wives would keep one busy enough from making bombs and stuff, you think!

      1. Mr Corrections March 24, 2016

        That definitely sounds true and not at all like a made-up thing.

    2. Dominick Vila March 25, 2016

      I watch foreign TV almost every day. Yesterday, I watched coverage of an interview with four European Interior ministers when, among other things, they emphasized the need for greater cooperation between European security agencies, stated that interrogations may be warranted when people who have returned from trips to places where religious radicalization is widespread, and that arrests and searches are justified when there is evidence of wrongdoing. At one point a journalist asked them if they conceived the possibility of a Guantanamo in Europe. The response was unambiguous: No Guantanamo in Europe.
      The reactions to tragedies such as the recent ones in Brussels, and ours, are so stark that people on both sides of the Atlantic seem to inhabit different planets.
      While we don’t hesitate to over react, or react impulsively, purportedly to guarantee our national security and safety; Europeans remain calm, focused, and refuse to give up their freedoms or values to achieve an elusive semblance of security.

      1. charleo1 March 25, 2016

        I hope European Governments remain calm, and continue to lead in the efforts to give sanitary to the many displaced Syrian refugees. As difficult as each ISSL attack makes doing so evermore politically risky. I am personally dismayed at this country’s half hearted, and politically expedient lack of leadership on this issue. Which I believe has the potential of taking all the fire out of ISSL’s claims of who, and what the, “Great Satan,” America is all about. Namely that Christians in Europe, and America hate Muslims. One thing is for sure. When it comes to combating radical extremism, we can depend on the radical extremist of the political Right Wing to play into the terrorist’s hand, and fan the flames. Gitmo? Leave it open forever! Torture? Yes, absolutely! Torture is too good for them! Hate Muslims? You bet we do!

        1. Dominick Vila March 25, 2016

          I find the proposals advanced by Trump and Cruz after the recent attacks in Brussels cowardly, inadequate, and gross over simplifications.
          None of the attackers were Syrian or Iraqi refugees. Most were either born or raised in Belgium or France, or had lived in those countries for many years.
          Trying to link people fleeing violence to those responsible for the terror they are experiencing is sickening.
          I think it is also important to remember that the country that accepted the largest number of refugees last year (one million) was Germany, and that we did not even meet the 25,000 that President Obama pledged to accept for fear that terrorists may be hiding among them. Embarrassing.

      2. tomtype March 30, 2016

        Europeans still remember the “joys of Fascism” from not so long ago. We missed most of that, and only later took the short sightseeing trip. Remember D-day was June 6, 1944, with German surrender April 1945. Our tour was 9 months, while the Europeans lived under it, and lost friends and fellow citizens to it for over 5 years. We learned to give up our anti-semitism, but not our other obnoxious behaviors. Germans, taking in the most refugees, also has the lowest incidence of Muslim dislike or Christian distrust.

  5. Joe Hill March 24, 2016

    It is indeed amazing that an European national — any national — who has gone to Syria to fight for ISIS should be allowed the free right of return to walk the streets. Western nations ought to declare that acts of support for ISIS constitute treason. ISIS has only one real aim: terrorism, in both the territory in Syria and Iraq where they operate and now, increasingly, here in the West. All these terrorists are Muslims; not all Muslims are terrorists. Muslims have every right in the world to freely practice their religion. Muslim citizens have every right to Constitutional protections here in the US. But draw a clear bright line between loyal citizenship and support for IS terrorism. Make it perfectly clear to all those young guys polluted by the ideology of Islamism that there will be dire permanent consequences to their actions, that by joining ISIS they are severing all rights and claims to citizenship or residence wherever they come from. Among other benefits, loyal citizens who renounce Islamism but practice Islam are inoculated from the vile suggestions of the likes of Trump and Cruz, and those who have chosen to join ISIS will know that we are going to be inoculated from them. Give them the choice; make them suffer the consequences. But don’t allow 4,000 young Westerners who have been trained by ISIS to conduct terrorist attacks to return to carry out those acts. That is perfect folly.

    1. Leftout March 24, 2016

      This is not xenophobia , this is a specific abhorrence of people that harbor people that create mischief , that is why we have police and military to restore peace. Do not moslems do his to Christians and Jews for reading the bible and caring for the sick or tolerating gays or treating women on an equal level.
      Europe has a case for deporting all peoples that advocate Moslem ideology therfore . The United States recently rounded up many thousands of criminal types in a massive sweep.

      1. Joe Hill March 24, 2016

        Islam is a religion, not an ideology. Islamism, though it makes warped religious claims, is a murderous ideology.

        American Muslims have as much right to freely practice their religion as any Baptist or catholic. Americans have every right to be protected from the depredations of murderous ideologues.

        All these terrorists are Muslims — IsIamists. Not all Muslims are terrorists. There are 1.6 billion — with a “b” — Muslims in the world. There are roughly 20,000 ISIS/Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria.

        These facts are fundamental to a clear understanding of what we face.

      2. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

        So you recommend we emulate Muslims? All your criticisms in the end are just excuses for doing the same thing?

  6. Eleanore Whitaker March 24, 2016

    Actually, if you want to start treason proceedings, you should start with Gowdy…remember when he sent a message telling terrorists to “ignore the President of the U.S.” That constitutes what the U.S. Constitution states, “giving aid to the enemy.”

    Then, there’s The Donald, with a $22 million FinCENN lawsuit pending at his NJ casino for money laundering to terrorists. He allowed middle eastern high rollers to launder money in the Taj Mahal after being warned by the U.S Dept. of Justice 3 times.

    What in the hell is with men these days who refuse to obey U.S. laws? Are these laws for everyone but them?

    1. Joe Hill March 24, 2016

      How about 47 Republican Senators writing Iran to tell them that the President — that this President — has no authority to negotiate treaties? That is treason — disloyal treachery.

  7. Sand_Cat March 24, 2016

    Speaking of the Far Right, we have a pretty nasty home-grown variety right here in the USA.

  8. tomtype March 30, 2016

    If these countries ever had a bunch of roudy Australians, they would also pass a ban on Canadians. Makes sense they both speak English, don’t they? We have a bunch of Moroccan and Algerian immigrants in the second or third generation, all born in the country and in Europe, not allowed to succeed, so it makes sense to ban any other refugees escaping from the same troubles, from another part of that language area. Like I said Ban Canadians because you had trouble with Australians.


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