ON Tuesday, the Islamic State had claimed the lives of over 30 people in Brussels on the 22nd of March. 3 bombs raided throughout the city’s transportation hubs, 2 bombs were let off at Brussels airport and 1 at a subway train station near the European Union headquarters.
At 8 a.m. the first bomb was let off in the departure hall of the Airport while the second bomb was let off just a few minutes after in another location. Pictures and videos all over social media depicted the devastating effects of such an attack. There were images of the fallen ceiling tiles, the crumbling debris off, the walls, masses running scared and the victims to this horrible attack.
The third bomb had hit a train station called Maelbeek near the European Union Headquarters around an hour or so after the airport had faced its round of bombings.
Because of these attacks the entire city’s transportation network came to a complete standstill. Passengers were stranded as Time magazine describes.
With Obama saying “We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible” and the president of Russia Vladimir Putin and other world leaders calling for a united attack on ISIL, these bombings have caused the international community to go ballistic, the western powers are joining hands in order to achieve a common cause.
However, if these Brussels attacks do spark a battle of the west against Islam as a whole, we would be fighting a group of over 1.6 billion people, most of which condemn the actions of Islamic terrorist organisations as ISIL. The west cannot repeat history. They should not conduct this coalition as they did with Iraq and Afghanistan, where after war was declared against Islamic terror more Islamic terror groups had sprung up. The Independent writes “We need to better understand the enemy. We need to know what motivates them. We need to degrade their ability to perpetrate attacks and we need to rob from them the recruits to their cause.” This is how we must conduct our actions against Islamic terror and terrorist jihadi groups alike.