WASHINGTON TIMES — Radical Islam recently reared its ugly head once again in an urban attack on civilians in Brussels. Although Western leaders immediately condemned the attack, their words alone will not defeat this enemy, which places little value on human life, or the civilized world’s laws and customs of war. The West desperately needs new strategic thinking to effectively combat this evil.
Why did jihadists strike Brussels? The short answer is likely because the city serves as the capital of Belgium and the European Union (EU) as well as headquarters for NATO.
The March 22 jihadi attack on unsuspecting civilians at a Brussels airport and subway left 35 people dead (including four Americans), and about 300 others wounded. It replicated in some respects recent jihadi attacks on civilians in Paris, San Bernardino and elsewhere.