More Raids in Brussels

At least 13 police raids took place in Brussels today. 9 were arrested, 5 have already been released.

I've seen four official ISIS videos (I'm not linking to them) of the Belgian attacks released in the last two days. One common theme is there is more to come.

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    Link not working (none / 0) (#1)
    by smott on Sun Mar 27, 2016 at 01:45:57 PM EST
    Comes back to TL?

    Here is a link (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 06:12:49 AM EST
    Brussels is, like Iraq, a made up (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 08:45:16 AM EST
    country. Tensions between the French dialect speaking Wallons and the Flemish speakers have existed since the country was founded in 1830. And guess what, religious differences figured large in the situation.

    During one of my trips to Brussels...'68 or '69... one of the separatist groups set off a bomb outside, if I remember right, outside the US AID office. One person was killed. And the bombers published an apology...no one was supposed to be killed. Weird, eh?

    How times have changed.

    Undoubtedly the lack of a common language has contributed to the problems in Beligum. Assimilation is hard. Even harder when you can't understand each other.


    Brussels is, like Iraq (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 10:23:00 AM EST
    Yer just a jacka $$ blackhole from the git

    Hmmm (none / 0) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 10:49:24 AM EST
    Nice display of your logic and language skills.

    And thanks for showing us how true this is.



    And thanks for showing us (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 11:16:46 AM EST
    how elastic the trolling rules are.

    I know you didn't read the link (none / 0) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 12:22:07 PM EST
    but here's a clue.

    Angry protesters gathered near the Brussels stock exchange on Sunday. Chanting "Belgie barst" -- or "Break up Belgium," a Flemish slogan used by one of Belgium's nationalist far-right parties -- they brandished flares and threw water bottles at peaceful demonstrators who were holding banners proclaiming unity.

    So, what would you do? (none / 0) (#9)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 12:35:58 PM EST
    penalize any parents who have the temerity to speak a language other than English in front of their children?

    There were a couple of other countries in the 20th century that tried to impose monoculture and state-sanctioned religion on their citizenry and it didn't turn out so well.

    And here I thought you conservatives didn't believe in social engineering..


    You trivialize a problem (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:40:06 PM EST
    by asking a ridiculous question.

    Belgium's problem is that it was formed with two groups that had members that hated each other. And like Iraq the issue was/is largely religion. The influx of Muslims has just compounded the problem.

    Diversity sounds good until it runs into things like the Flems and the Wallons or the Sunni and Shia. Or, it is used to establish a protected class based on  any number of reasons. Then not so good.

    The US was an experiment of bringing a diverse population together and it melding itself into one.

    Typically each group took one generation to assimilate. This was accomplished by societal pressure...see some comments by the very liberal Teddy Roosevelt. Ballots were printed in English only as were the other government documents.

    Things started to fly apart only after we started printing ballots in various languages along with other government documents.

    In short, we, like Belgium, have created various competing groups. The Flems, the Wallons and the Muslim. The results are plain to see.


    Being formed of different groups (none / 0) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:52:38 PM EST
    Isn't that easily a problem. You hail from "the melting pot"....derr

    Preaching a lack of diversity as a plus, pffft. I'll tell you what a lack of diversity gets you...inferior alleles and lazy brained community where I guess in the end the alleles get to be fewer and fewer. Keep on keeping on with that mentality jim and maybe we can finally get you out of the gene pool ;)


    Are You Mental... (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 03:19:21 PM EST
    ...what does a video of people who dislike Clarence Thomas have to do with anything jondee wrote ?

    Why do you even have a link to that video, is that some secret weapon you pull out when you have nothing ?

    Jim you grasp on reality just keeps shrinking...

    Also, please list the made up countries because in Geography I never read that some countries were made-up.  Sometimes your dumbassery makes it hard to follow whatever ridiculous point you are trying to make.


    Uh the link you refer to was (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:41:49 PM EST
    to MT.

    Please try and keep up.....if you can.


    And you have never studied (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:50:59 PM EST
    how Belgium came about? Or Iraq? Did your teachers mention the Balfour Declaration?

    The United States, like Iraq (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 06:38:29 PM EST
    Has a bunch of religious fundementalists always trying to supplant the rule of law with some obscure dusty texts written by starving desert goat herders who lived before the discovery that the earth was round instead of flat, and that their shared reality wasn't the center of the universe....not even close in fact.

    You are welcome to your opoinon (none / 0) (#14)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:45:17 PM EST
    of our founding fathers.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-

    They weren't talking about Winnie the Pooh.


    Rule of law you crazy fundy (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 07:59:48 PM EST
    They didn't specify who "the creator" is. My creator was an ovum and a sperm left in an unperturbed womb ;)

    I understand yours is something else, but thanks to my founding fathers you don't get to decide that for me oh worshipper of dusty texts scrawled out by hallucinating starving desert goat herders ;)


    Of course they didn't (none / 0) (#18)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 29, 2016 at 09:03:04 AM EST
    They left that up to the individuals who were mostly Christians.

    Now, go ahead and make a snark and deny that.


    You and ISIS, so much in common (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Mar 29, 2016 at 10:14:05 AM EST
    That is a Fact MT (none / 0) (#21)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Mar 30, 2016 at 11:22:57 AM EST
    And Jim I will deny you know why people 200+ years ago purposely didn't define 'creator' to mean your god.

    I don't know, but neither do you and I get so tired of you assuming that ambiguity somehow always benefits you because you say so.

    So much in common.


    Rule of Law (none / 0) (#22)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Mar 31, 2016 at 05:39:10 AM EST
    That is how they meant for that ambiguity to benefit me.

    You act as if none of our founders left any documentation as to why this was left ambiguous. They did


    I wouldn't expect them (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Mar 27, 2016 at 02:23:56 PM EST
    To have any different theme, that is always the theme of terrorists.

    Wow, more to come? (none / 0) (#20)
    by Dadler on Tue Mar 29, 2016 at 10:27:26 AM EST
    This is insight. We live in a nation with half a million guns spread around like candy corn. We have a mass shooting every heartbeat. The world is littered with weapons of mass murder, so much so that decent people, everywhere, are meaningless, just piles of steaming mush whenever the mushmakers decide to make them so. The world is a dead place. Dead.