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Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 06:32 PM


First Published in 1994


Since the Islamist attacks of November 13 in Paris something has fundamentally changed in Europe.  Europeans also now realize that they will never be completely safe from Islamic terrorism.  This is a feeling that the Americans have already known since the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11.

But unlike the US, Europe is for Islamization - much worse.  It is a problem that has already dragged on for several decades.  Beginning in the ‘70s of the last century, the first large-scale economic immigration sought refuge in Europe.  It came mainly from North Africa and Turkey: Islamic countries.  Initially, the intention was that they came to work and then return to their country.


After several decades of flawed immigration policy in most of the (Western) European countries, these workers not only permanently stayed in Europe, they also brought their families to Europe.  Meanwhile, there is in any European country a significant number of Muslims who demand more and more rights.  In Germany for example, according to recent figures from 2014, 3 million Muslims live in a population of 80 million.  Obviously not every Muslim is a terrorist, but the figures show that Europe is already becoming more and more “Islamic.”

The recent crisis in Syria and the rise of international Islamic terrorism, however, creates an explosive cocktail, not least of all in Europe.  Indeed, Europe’s borders leak like a sieve. Anyone who wants to enter Europe can get there.  You have only to step on a boat in the Mediterranean and the European Union will “save” you and let you enter Europe with no difficulty.  What a contrast with countries such as Australia, which have a successful resolute “push-back” policy.

Open Borders

In that way, Europe is desperately looking for solutions.  Through Turkey (which is not part of the European Union) hundreds of thousands of Muslims come to Europe.  They are mainly looking for a happy existence in England and Germany.  These asylum seekers have taken advantage of the European policy, the so-called “Schengen zone.”  Schengen is a village at the border triangle between Germany, France and Luxembourg.  An agreement was signed there on June 14, 1985 between Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France, when it was agreed to abolish checks on persons at their common borders.  This created an area without internal frontiers now known as Schengen zone, to which most EU countries now belong.

An important exception is Great Britain.  They refuse to be part of the Schengen zone, and the current situation with refugees tends to prove they are right about it. Germany, which is still struggling with the trauma of World War II, gave a strong signal.  Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) might have given in this context the most famous quote: “Wir schaffen das” [We will handle this]  Specifically, she meant that Germany had the refugee problem under control.  This quote in practice was a “Start” signal for even greater immigration flows from Syria, Iraq and North Africa to make the crossing to Europe.  Afterall, Europe to them, is like the United States to Mexican refugees.

Europe therefore is having a lot of trouble with the increasing Muslim immigration wave.  It has the effect that each European country takes its own measures, even if they do not comply with European agreements.  France is the most famous example, having declared a state of emergency following the attacks in Paris and ignoring its limitations. Other European countries are taking action and literally building walls on their borders.

Many refugees from Turkey enter Europe through Greece (member of the European Union).  Greece cannot guard its borders.  Refugees, who do not want to reside in Greece, travel through Eastern Europe toward the rich north.  A European leader who is taking a lead on stricter immigration is Victor Orbán.  The Hungarian government leader (a member of the Christian Democrat Group in the European Parliament) holds to a tough anti immigration policy.  He is opposed to the European distribution plan for refugees and many other Eastern European countries feel the same.

In Prague the leaders of Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland recently met to discuss immigration from Syria and elsewhere.  They have no confidence in Greece.  The leftist government there is mainly concerned with its own problems and is not able to cope with this situation or to respectably guard its borders.  However, the Schengen agreements ensure that every refugee, once in Greece, can move freely throughout Europe.  Theoretically, these refugees must enroll in the first country in which they arrive.  This does not occur in practice and everyone wants to enroll in Northern Europe (UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia...).

Brussels: European Capital of Islam

The migration flows consist mainly of Muslim refugees. Europe not only faces an immigration problem, but also a growing wave of Islamization, especially in the larger European cities.  Europe has not found answers to these problems. Each country has begun to take initiatives which are not approved by established European authorities.

It could hardly be more symbolic: the rise of Islam goes hand in hand with the disintegration of Europe.  And to make it even more symbolic: the Islamization still seems to have its headquarters in Brussels, capital of Europe.

Formerly, Brussels was a symbol for Europe and European institutions. Now, more jihadist networks operate from Brussels without hindrance.  The attacks in Paris made this clear.  Most terrorists in Paris came from Brussels.  Especially from the commune of Molenbeek,  Brussels appears to be a hotspot for European Islamic Jihad.

It’s not surprising. In Molenbeek, one can imagine being in the souks [Arab marketplaces] of Marrakesh [a city in Morocco] rather than in a European capital.  Belgian laws and European cultural values and norms no longer exist.  Even the police view Molenbeek as a no-go zone.  Other parts of Brussels have now become Muslim ghettos.

After the attacks in Paris, the fugitive terrorist Salah Abdeslam hid for 20 days in an apartment in Schaarbeek (another part of Brussels).  He is still on the run.

Donald Trump: “Brussels is a hellhole”

There are more and more negative comments worldwide about Brussels as the European Capital of Islamic terror.  During the US presidential election campaign, the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on January 26, 2016 on the American channel Fox Business Network made strong statements about Brussels.  He said: “Go to Brussels, go to Paris...  There’s something going on and it’s not good, where they want Sharia law, where they want this, where they want things that, you know, there has to be some assimilation.  There is no assimilation.  There’s something bad going on.”

Trump literally stated that Brussels is a “hellhole.”  The politically correct reaction in Belgium was predictable: there was a storm of public outrage.  Also, former US Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, defended Brussels.

Nobody could condemn the statements by Donald Trump quickly enough.  A Twitter campaign was even set up with the hashtag: #hellhole, with beautiful images of Brussels posted.  Regardless of how much public outrage there was about the statements made by Donald Trump, one can not ignore the facts or the truth of his statements.

Since the Paris attacks, regular police raids take place in Brussels.  The alarming results speak for themselves.  The latest search revealed new terrorists networks linked to IS.  Moreover, they found video footage of a top executive of the nuclear research and development program of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK) in Mol (Belgium) and Belgian police are now investigating why terrorists are spying on this man.

Brussels unfortunately appears increasingly to be the center of the European Jihad.