By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Defeating Islamist terrorism in Belgium with cartoons of the Manneken Pis statue urinating on ISIS fighters will be as effective as the cartoons following the attack on Charlie Hebdo, or the candles to mourn the people who died when ISIS attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris last November.
Despite the evidence that ISIS has declared war those who do not adhere to the fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran, Europe included, many Europeans continue to argue that ISIS "is not fighting a true war in Europe,' and acknowledging ISIS's growing attacks on Europe as war, "amounts to handing Isis the victory it seeks." Fighting ISIS and destroying it bases in Iraq, Libya and Syria remain unthinkable for most Europeans.
Law enforcement in Belgium had known about the growing Islamist terrorist threat before al Qaeda attacked the United States in on September 11, 2001. Al Qaeda used Antwerp to launder "
blood-diamonds" to help finance their operations. And on September 22, 2001, two Islamist terrorists were arrested in Brussels, and large quantities of explosive chemicals were found in their apartment. Two years later, 23 alleged Islamist terrorists went on trial on trial in Brussels for plotting to bomb the Kleine Brogel military base, murdering the Afghan opposition leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, and 'planning attacks on American targets in Europe."
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