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TOPIC: Exposions in Brussels, Belgium

Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 22 Mar 2016 13:23 #9270

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Recently, multiple explosions have gone off in Brussels, Belgium. Blasts hit a subway station and the city's airport. Around thirty people have died from the attacks that people are claiming to be a cause of terrorism. Many others came out injured. The city is now on lockdown and has shut down all public methods of transportation, including flights, trains, buses, and trams.

The hashtag #ikwilhelepn ,translated to I want to help, has been trending on social media for those offering assistance to others in need. Facebook has also turned on safety check allowing people to state if they are okay. Instagram has also been trending with #brussels allowing people to show their support for the city to get back on track in spite of this situation. Others are saying to pray for Brussels the way we prayed for Paris when they were attacked.

I can only express my sympathy and concern for the city and for the people that have lost a loved one because of the explosions. This is such a terrible pattern events that reoccurs every so often and needs to be stopped. How we stop these disasters I am not sure, but we should always stay supportive in these times of need.
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Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 23 Mar 2016 19:34 #9274

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Tuesday's deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels are yet another reminder that the terrorism in Europe, and other parts of the world, is a long-term problem that may very well get worse before it gets better.

The use of internet I think is a big root in the increasing terror. Internet has become a central tool for terrorists, largely replacing print and other physical media. It has allowed terrorist organizations to costless communicate their message and aims to the world, allowing them to recruit new members, coordinate global attacks and better evade surveillance.

The increased terror around the world really freaks me out. It feels like it’s not safe anywhere. Belgium is just one of more than 40 countries around the world where the threat from terrorism is rated "high" by the Foreign Office.
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Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 25 Mar 2016 17:34 #9288

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I think this is so sad and extremely scary. Me myself am from Sweden originally so my family and friends still lives in there, so I'm so worried, so say the least that the terror attacks are just getting closer and closer. Even though Sweden is a neutral country. But it is hard to point out where ISIS is and where they are located, since they are located worldwide. They just not in one part of the world, which makes them very hard to target. This whole situation just makes me scared and very frustrated, you feel so helpless.
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Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 27 Mar 2016 21:39 #9325

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It appears that a number of the suspects have been arrested. That is good, but there definitely seems to be a trend of bombings, especially to do with countries taking in refugees in Europe. Europe is also a closer target for middle eastern and Northern African countries that seem to harbor resentment against "western" ways or policies. I travel a lot and I have to say i don't feel that safe traveling or when I am in large public gatherings. It is something that crosses my mind every time. But President Obama did state that the goal of terrorism is to keep us polarized in fear and not go about our everyday lives as we would want to. So I also do take that to heart. In fact the President was criticized for doing just that and not returning from overseas to Washington, but that would in a way have them succeed?!
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Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 27 Mar 2016 21:47 #9329

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I was surprised at the response of Americans to the explosions in Brussels. There was such an outpouring of support in regard to the paris attacks, Facebook pages and ongoing posts, political figures traveling to the city and showing their support, or being criticized for not doing so; but it seems like the response to these most recent attacks pale in comparison. Maybe because we are becoming numb to international attacks in western europe; maybe because of where the attacks occurred, the number of americans killed and families directly affected, maybe because more americans travel to paris. It is rather disappointing to see this issue fall by the wayside. It seems like an afterthought if addressed at all by news organizations. I can only imagine that the next attack will be more sensational to capture more attention. Here's to hoping that is not the case.
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Exposions in Brussels, Belgium 10 Apr 2016 19:16 #9498

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This actually makes me sad to read! I'm originally middle eastern ( Iran ) but i am raised in Sweden most of my life, and i don't see why people are doing this to each other. I mean i am a believer and i believe in god, but i don't think someone else is less worth because there religion. We all have the same god, but we see it in different ways. I like that you with about the #. It's important for the rest of the people that don't believe in violence to share there support to the people that unfortunately got cut up in between all of this hate!
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