Meanwhile In Belgium

22 Mar

Two noteworthy events happened in Belgium these past 24 hours.

I´m sure you´ve already heard about the most recent one: the bomb attacks in Brussels International Airport. It´s been four days since the main suspect in the Paris attacks was captured in Brussels, so it didn´t really come as a surprise. We´ve been hearing for years how our country is the focus point of unhealthy terrorist attention. I´m even surprised this hasn´t happened earlier. Like a bad migraine breaking through after you´ve been feeling it coming for days.

Belgium has now raised its terror threat level to 4, which is the highest level.

(One of the reasons this is all happening in Belgium, the bellybutton of Europe, is explained here.)


The other event, one you might not have heard about, happened yesterday (Sunday 21 March 2016): 25000 people took to the streets of that same beleagered Brussels. Their message was: there are alternatives. There are alternatives to repression, to fear, to cutbacks, to an unsustainable economy, to turning the country into a police state, to mutual distrust, to fear.


It takes only a few people with bad intentions to blow up an airport.

But it takes a lot more to mobilize 25000 people to get out of their house on a Sunday. (Especially in a country that only has 10 millions inhabitants and where Sundays are sacred.)

I believe in that power.

May that Good Force be with us.




4 Responses to “Meanwhile In Belgium”

  1. damngoodsoffie March 22, 2016 at 10:28 #

  2. Myriam Dings March 22, 2016 at 12:16 #

    Er zijn voortdurend aanslagen, in Afrika, Turkije, Azië, enz enz. Die zijn allemaal telkens even barbaars… De slachtoffers zijn “altijd iemands geliefde, altijd iemands kind”…
    We moeten alternatief blijven denken, allemaal. En blijven hopen dat die idiote overheden, dat al die geweldenaars eindelijk verstand krijgen. Niet alleen wat het terrorisme betreft, ook wat het klimaat aangaat, vervuiling, pesticiden enz enz enz

    Het thema van de optocht was “Hart tegen hard” – de variatie vandaag: “Hart tegen haat”.
    Zoals niet zo lang geleden de “Zonderhaatstraat”.

    Toch blij dat papa vandaag niet in Brussel zat, via Schuman…

  3. Joke François March 22, 2016 at 14:14 #

    Warm als altijd, zo ken ik je. x

    • Kathleen March 22, 2016 at 14:18 #

      Moed houden daar! Ik blijf alle zonnestraaltjes sturen waar ik aan kan geraken…

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