• Belgium,  Terrorism,  Vote 2016

    The Brussels attacks and the perils of neo-isolationism

    A day after Donald Trump surely gladdened the heart of Vladimir Putin by questioning the need for NATO, terrorist murderers have attacked NATO member Belgium. “At what point do you say, ‘Hey, we have to take care of ourselves?’ ” Trump said in [a Washington Post] editorial board meeting. “I know the outer world exists, and I’ll be very cognizant of that. But at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially the inner cities.” Trump said U.S. involvement in NATO may need to be significantly diminished in the coming years, breaking with nearly seven decades of consensus in Washington. “We certainly can’t afford to do this…

  • Belgium,  Italy

    Shooting Sprees in Belgium and Italy

    Liege and Florence have both experienced shooting sprees in the past two days. On Tuesday afternoon, Nordine Amrani climbed to a roof overlooking the Central Square by the Palais de Justice in Liege. After opened fire with an assault rifle and throwing grenades, he committed suicide. The dead on the scene were two teenage boys and an 18 month old baby. Police later found the body of a cleaner in Amrani’s shed. Terrorism has been discounted for the motives of this convicted drug dealer and violent criminal. Terrorism does appear to be the motive for Gianluca Casseri who went on the rampage in a Florence market, targeting West African traders.…