The Brussels terror attack that occurred on Tuesday morning is just the latest in what has sadly become a new kind of normal. Terror attacks are becoming more numerous and deadly, both abroad and at home, as terror cells from lone wolves to al Quaeda to Daesh (a term NBC explained the biggest Islamic group hates) continue on their paths of destruction. In a macabre and non-humorous way, it resonates like the Pinky and the Brain cartoon: “What are we doing tonight, Brain?” “Same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world.”
The Brussels terror attack this morning is what officials feared and expected… another terror attack in retaliation for the Friday arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the final and highly sought after suspect in the terror attacks inn Paris in November last year. Authorities knew he was part of a larger network, but not how large. Aljazeera reported France’s president Francois Hollande saying “…they are far more numerous than we thought.” This morning’s attack happened during rush hour when three bombs exploded, killing 34 and injuring over 100 people.
Why do these attacks keep happening?
You might have heard the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” What the terrorists are doing is working, so why change it? The purpose of terrorism is simply to cause terror. Terror is intense fear or anxiety. These people want to, in essence, be the ultimate bully. However bullies, by nature, are insecure. Because of that insecurity, they will do anything they can to show they are big and powerful, even if it’s a smokescreen.
And what they’ve been doing is working—bombs, machete attacks, suicide bombers—it all works. It all causes terror, harm, death, fear. So, why change it if it ain’t broke?
Human behavior is analyzable. Terrorists are human. Some of their behavior falls into more logical and therefore, predictable areas. However, some behavior is more sociopathic, and it is obvious that an ability to sympathize or empathize is missing. Those terrorists have been raised from the moment they were born to hate, to hurt, to not care about others. They only want to destroy and they don’t have a moral compass. They can torture a puppy, a child, a man, or a woman, and it’s all the same to them. They don’t care about the other living being.
They also want to teach others to do and be the same, based on a twisted religious ideology. Some families pass on the secret recipe for the loaf of bread. These Islamic terrorists pass on the secret recipe to making and wearing bombs.
Current terrorist ideology
The terror attack in Brussels reaffirms what terrorism has morphed into the last few decades—something that centers more around control and religion. Terrorism used to focus (mostly, not always) on political gains, when terrorists would commit acts of violence to make a point or sway some political group or authority to agree with them or give them what they want. Now, terrorists operate in larger groups, are more powerful, have more dangerous weapons and less morals, and want to kill all who don’t agree with them. An example is the three suspects in the Brussels terror attack. The two men on the left died in the explosions. The one on the right is on the loose.
There is an ongoing argument about whether Islam is really a religion or if it is a religious- or politically-based ideology. Discussions continue about whether it is based on peace or hate; why the only choice is to “submit or be killed”; and how to deal with those who—as is possible in any religion or ideology—take things out of context or to the extreme. Which is where we get these newest Islamic extremists. Out of the few larger terrorist groups that manage to stay in the news—Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, Daesh—it is the last group that has managed to out-terror all of them. They’ve managed to tick everybody else off so that even the other bad guys don’t want to play with them anymore.
Daesh has combined religious tunnel vision with psychopathy in creatively horrible, unparalleled ways. Their sole purpose is to destroy “infidels,” which means any human who doesn’t agree with them. Their sole goal is to rule over all others. How they’ll do that if they kill all the others is a mystery, but certainly they have that figured out. The problem is, they are good at what they do. They aren’t the terrorists of old. They don’t just hijack planes, they use them as weapons. They don’t only blow people up with bombs, they use people as bombs. They are experts at using social media to reach and recruit other confused-minded individuals from all over the world to commit all manner of dastardly deeds to further their cause, however extreme it may be.
Following the Brussels terror attack, security levels are at their highest and travel in and out of Brussels is restricted. Security levels worldwide have also been raised. USA Today reported that Facebook had also activated its safety check, which allows you to find and connect with affected family and friends in that area.
The terrorist ideals and actions from them, whatever they may be based on, are not going away. People need to remain vigilant. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brussels after this attack, and all over the world where terrorism has struck.
[Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Images]