34 people were killed and hundreds wounded as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the airport and Metro bombings in Brussels, capital of Belgium. Belgian authorities fear terrorists in bomb attacks on airport and Metro could still be on the loose after suitcase and suicide belt blasts.
The explosions took place in Brussels Airport and a subway station near the European Union offices, leaving behind carnage and sending people screaming and running for their lives. A manhunt was underway Tuesday night for one of the suspected attackers, who was spotted on surveillance video at the airport wearing a white coat. Belgian authorities said that during a raid in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek, police found an “explosive device containing nails,” “chemical products” and “an ISIS flag.”
The attacks began with two explosions at the departure hall of Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium, about 8 a.m. local time today, according to Prime Minister Charles Michel, where the Belgian Crisis Center said at least 10 people were killed. A third explosive that did not detonate was found inside a suitcase and was neutralized by police. There was also an explosion a little over an hour later on the rail tracks at the Maelbeek subway station, according to a spokeswoman for Brussels transportation department. At least 21 people were killed there, the Belgian Crisis Center said.
This is the 5th major attack on Western Europe by Islamist terrorists since the 9/11 attacks on USA-
- 11 March 2004 – Madrid, Span: 191 people were killed in attack on Madrid suburban railway line
- 7 July 2005 – London, UK: 52 people killed in multiple suicide attacks
- 7 January 2015 – Paris, France : 20 killed in attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine office
- 13 Novemeber 2015 Paris, France : 137 killed in multiple co-ordinated attacks
Will the West End Its Double Standards on Islamist terror?
The Western world, led by USA and UK, has long maintained double standards by turning a blind eye to Islamist terror attacks on Bharat & persecution of Hindus in countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, while reserving for themselves the right to defend against terror through retaliatory strikes like the US intervention in Afghanistan, French action in Mali, or unswerving (till recently) support for Israeli military action. The West has over the years nurtured a terrorist state like Pakistan, allowing it to bleed Bharat under the guise of self-determination for Kashmir, as long as Pakistan complies with Western wishes and geo-political goals.
How many of you know Belgium allowed Islamic terrorism to sprout in its capital. In 2003, Kashmir Centre was set by GN Fai in Brussels!
— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) March 22, 2016
As this insightful piece on Yugaparivartan says –
“India has been facing the menace of Islamic barbarism from at least 1000 years and terrorism is just a new manifestation of this old disease. It has raised its ugly head in indpendent India from time to time from Kashmir to Mumbai. Sadly, the Western nations for most of this time have maintained a calculated silence or condoned these terrorist activities against the Indian nation state. The west has been using as a state policy against India for quite some time now and its support for Islamic terrorism can be understood by looking at two dimensions- physical and ideological.
The first consists of outright support to terrorist organizations. Under the guidance of US, the western nations have cunningly outlined the concept of good terrorist vs bad terrorist. Without any surprise, any terrorist group which helps western hegemony gets bracketed into first while those who attack their interests get labelled by second i.e. bad terrorists. The military support and aid to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other ideological Muslim nations can also be put into the good bracket defined by the west. The mujahideens funded by US in Afghanistan against USSR later drove back into Kashmir with tacit approval from US. It was only post 9/11 that US took active interest in dismantling Taliban in Afghanistan, but has done various flip-flops since then. Other nations like UK, Canada, Germany and others are also not far behind in their support for Pak and other rogue entities and have frequently decided to not collaborate with Indian authorities citing one or the other reason.”
The Western branding of Hindu society as backward, oppressive and extremist
This project was initiated by the British colonial rulers to hegemonize the Hindus. In 150 years of colonial rule, Hindu society was systematically undermined through genocide, economic exploitation, discriminatory legislation like ‘Criminal Tribes Act’, and worst of all through mental enslavement engendered by Western Indologists (mostly Christian propagandists masquerading as serious scholars) and a Macaulyan education system designed to create students who are “Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.” Do read the Hindupost series “Hegemony and Hindu Dharma in West Indies” to understand the extent of the hegemonising apparatus created by the British.
Since Independence, the strategy has shifted to preaching to Hindus about “tolerance and inclusion”, berating ‘Hindu nationalists’ for any crime (real or imagined) against minorities (read as Christians and Muslims), while providing material and ideological support to missionaries of the Generic Church who want to implement Pope John Paul’s desire as expressed in his visit to Bharat in 1999 “May the third Christian Millennium witness a great harvest of faith on this vast and vital continent (Asia).” US State Department organizations like USCIRF continue the agenda of creating false equivalence vis a vis religious freedom in Bharat and rogue nations like Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Gujarat riots became a cause célèbre in international circles, but the religious cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits hardly made a ripple.
And in the last decade, we have seen the rise of foreign-funded NGOs trying to influence Government policy, promoting new age atrocity literature, and creating a socialist rights-based discourse that aims to keep Bharat in perpetual third-world status by opposing development initiatives like power projects. Sectarian, disastrous laws like RTE (Right to Education) which are squeezing out Hindus from establishing and running schools are another gift of this NGO cottage industry. This IndiaFacts analysis reveals the depth of the problem – many of these controversial NGOs receive direct funding from foreign Government agencies like UK’s Department for International Development (DFID and US Federal Government; donor agencies from Germany and Netherlands are also very active.
So should we be insensitive to loss of innocent life in Brussels?
No. We should sympathize with the victims of the Brussels terror attack, as much as we do with the Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped enmasse by Boko Haram some time back, or the people of Middle East reeling under ISIS brutalities. But we must also sympathize with the plight of Hindus suffering in Pakistan, Bangladesh (where one of the worst genocides of this century took place in 1971 – 2.5 million Hindus slaughtered), Bharat and other parts of the world. When we find the media of Bharat more worried about the health of a horse than the wanton brutal murders of Hindus, it shows how deeply sick certain sections of society have become. These are the pressing issues that Hindus must address for their own survival and well-being. Europe and the West are welcome to correct their follies and join us unconditionally in the fight against Islamists and predatory proselytization, but that seems unlikely given the evidence thus far.