We are at war? Do tell, Valls. With whom are we at war? “Violent extremists”? How do you propose to fight this war if you won’t acknowledge what the enemy ideology is, and keep importing into your country more people who adhere to that ideology? And when did this war start? This morning? Earlier? Last year, when the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and patrons at the Hyper Cacher supermarket were murdered? Or earlier still? Maybe in the 630’s?
“‘We are at war,’ French leader says after Brussels attack,” Associated Press, March 22, 2016 (thanks to Darcy):
BRUSSELS — Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 28 people were reported dead.
A spokesman for the Brussels Metro said 15 people were killed and 55 injured in an explosion on a train, and Belgian media reported at least 13 dead in two explosions at the airport, with many others injured.
Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level, diverting planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe immediately tightened security.
“We are at war,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a crisis meeting called by the French president. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”
European security officials have been bracing for a major attack for weeks, and warned that the Islamic State group was actively preparing to strike. The arrest Friday of a key suspect in the November attacks in Paris heightened those fears, as investigators said many more people were involved than originally thought, and that some are still on the loose.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said there was no immediate evidence linking key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam to them. After his arrest Friday, Abdeslam told authorities he had created a new network and was planning new attacks.
Authorities told people in Brussels to stay where they were. Airport security was also tightened in Paris, London and other European cities….