Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I Am Brussels

(Photo is from NBC News website.)

Today, we all stand in solidarity with the victims of terrorism in Brussels, and the people of Belgium.

While the world mourns with the Belgium people, the Republican presidential candidates (as usual) took the opportunity to play the tragedy for their own political gain. Both tried to scare voters, and Ted Cruz decided to blame President Obama for the tragedy (by not referring to the terrorists as "islamic jihadists"). Donald Trump once again called for banning muslims and using torture. And both called for broader police powers and ramping up the war in Syria and Iraq. They should be ashamed of themselves, because they want to turn this country into a police state that wages perpetual war (that violates international law).

Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying:

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times. Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.”

I hope that doesn't mean he thinks involving ourselves further in the religious civil war in the Middle East will solve terrorism -- because it won't. The terrorists were able to operate before ISIS held territory, and they'll be able to do so once they no longer control territory. You don't defeat terrorism with military power. You do it with excellent intelligence, law enforcement, and cooperation with other countries.

Hillary Clinton released the broadest, and I think, most reasonable statement. She said:

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