More disturbing than the recent bombing in Brussels is that the attack wasn’t as random as it may have seemed. As The Hill reported, these attackers were known to authorities – and intelligence agencies – before the attacks.
The United States had raised red flags about two suspects in Tuesday’s Brussels terrorist attacks, a new report says.
Authorities would not identify which counterterrorism databases the pair appeared in, the report said.
Reports also emerged Thursday that the attackers originally planned on striking the day after Easter. The suspects altered their plot following the arrest of Salah Abdeslam late last week.Abdeslam was apprehended in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek following a shootout with police on March 18. He is suspected of helping orchestrate attacks in Paris last November. Meanwhile in Brussels, the attackers were only known as common criminals. To no surprise, the city has gained a reputation as being a refuge fro terrorists, one which is becoming increasingly hard to dispel (despite past attempts).
Had they been in America, they likely would’ve been stopped in their tracks. The neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters said nothing despite their own suspicions because they didn’t want to be labeled racist. NBC News states that this “disclosure [that the US had flagged them as suspects] does raise questions about how Belgian authorities could describe them as petty criminals who were not on their counter-terrorism radar.”
If something similar happens again in Brussels — or elsewhere in Europe — it should serve as yet another reminder that political correctness kills.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]