Brussels attack: the impact

Sam Johnson


Passers-by lay down flowers in the area of the attack on March 24 Photo by MCT Campus

On the morning of March 22,
2016, 32 innocent lives were taken
and 316 people were injured during
two bombings in Belgium. These
bombings are not only the deadliest
act of terrorism in Belgium’s history,
but they also happened in the
city that holds the headquarters for
NATO and the E.U.
To some that may not mean much,
but this attack can easily have implications
of fear all across Europe and
the world; after all, if the city that
harbors the headquarters of two of
the most important government entities
in Europe is susceptible to terrorist
attacks, who isn’t?
By bombing in Brussels, ISIL is
accomplishing their goal of striking
fear in native Europeans and stroking
the flames of hatred against the refugees
seeking a better life in Europe.
So, the next step to solving the problem
is either stopping immigration
from the Middle East and allowing
new terrorists to breed there due to
the influence of ISIL, or continue to
allow them in and risk the possibility
of allowing more terrorist attacks to
It is the belief of many to not allow
refugees into Europe anymore
in an attempt to save lives, but the
only problem with that is that most
of the perpetrators of the recent terrorist
attacks in Europe have been by
Europeans themselves–in fact, only
one of the terrorists involved in the
Brussels attacks was from the middle
east. Ibrahim El Bakraoui, Mohamed
Abrini and Khalid El Bakraoui were
from Belgium, Najim Laachraoui was
from Morocco and Osama Krayem
was from Sweden.
So with that being the case, would
cutting off immigration really provide
any substance? Would leaving
thousands of Syrians to fend for
themselves in a war-torn land on the
off chance a few may be terrorists be
worth the lives lost?
On the contrary, Europe can continue
to let refugees in and attempt
to kill the hate bred by ISIL and show
those who are fleeing that the western
world is, in fact, welcoming and
we won’t close their borders over the
actions of the few that misrepresent
their people.
The only problem with this is that
many of the refugees coming to Europe
find themselves without work
and some are becoming housed in
specific neighborhoods or districts,
which, if they don’t find some way
to improve their quality of life, could
end up becoming a crime-ridden
ghetto–essentially bringing the
problem they were attempting to escape
to a new area and making that
place worse because of it.


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