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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brussels Terrorist Attack

Normally, this blog is for books and other book-related issues.  However, I found it pertinent to discuss recent events in our day.  One such event--terrorism.

This morning, rather at 3 am EST (8 am in Brussels), the airport and train in Brussels were bombed.  Twenty to thirty people lost their lives and over two hundred and thirty more were wounded.  Why?  What did Brussels do to ISIS?

ISIS has adopted an 'if you're not with us, you're against us' attitude.  Basically, if you don't support their efforts, agree with them wholeheartedly, or live the way they think you should live, they believe you should die.  I suspect that the ones being voted to be suicide bombers are those who don't quite agree with everything they are trying to preach.  My theory is that they are 'volunteering' to be suicide bombers to redeem themselves.  You know, I wonder if they realize that their efforts would lead to a world population of about---10?  If that, even.  Okay, so that number is highly inaccurate, but it was pulled from the air to make a point.

It is human nature to want to live.  People with depression fight to survive it every day, though some may lose the battle.  Still, it isn't normal/average to actually want to die under normal circumstances.  (That statement does not include those with terminal illnesses or severe defects that have reached the point of no return, but even those people, if given the opportunity, would rather live than die).  So, why else would these people decide to blow themselves up unless they were brainwashed to believe it was their only way of redemption?

Below is a photograph taken from the article in the New York Times of two of the many survivors of this horrid event: (Ketevan Kardava, Associated Press, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/world/europe/brussels-attacks-what-we-know-and-dont-know.html?_r=0 ).


At the moment, Brussels is completely shut down.  Movement about the city of roughly one million people is highly discouraged to avoid further casualties.  It has been said that we are at war, and I believe this to be so.  I hate to admit this, but we are in perilous times.  Yet, we must strengthen our resolve and not let it cause us all to become agoraphobic.  I firmly believe people are entitled to their beliefs, opinions, thoughts, and to live life the way they see fit.  However, I do NOT believe that we should impose our personal religious beliefs on others or try to force others to live as we believe.  There is a way to live apart from society without trying to blow it up.  

Breaking the Barriers Book Blog sends our thoughts and prayers to those in Brussels.