Steven Wolfe, a UKIP member of the European parliament, was an eyewitness to the bombing of the Metro stop in Brussels on Tuesday morning. He called into Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM to discuss the experience with host Stephen K. Bannon, who noted the death toll from that particular bombing was at least ten or eleven people, at the time of the conversation.
“If you have a man who has masterminded, or been part of the masterminding, of a plot to kill so many people in Paris, who was able to get back to Brussels, to live in the area that’s known to have terrorists … where it’s known to have at least 90 ISIS-trained operatives who have been out and fought for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere, who are now living in the area… and they actually knocked on the door where he lives, something like 110 meters away from where he lives, just around the corner… and they weren’t able to catch him, and by chance they only caught him because they were following up somebody else’s false passport to check on that, so they caught him by accident … This goes to show that a massive failing in security in Belgium, a massive failing of security across the European countries, and clearly it’s a very unsafe time for most people,” Wolfe said.
As for the European parliament, Wolfe said security was heightened, but the complex was not on total lockdown. He said he could see both police and heavily armed soldiers taking up positions around the Parliament building from his office window. He doubted he would be allowed to return to his apartment near the blast site any time soon, and understood the necessity of securing the area.
He said he didn’t want to talk about politics on “a day when so many people have died,” but he gave European politicians a warning: “If you think are secure, then there’s something wrong with you. And you really need to go back and look in the mirror, and answer yourselves to those people who won’t be able to go home to mums and dads, won’t be able to see their children, won’t be able to see their family … but you’re spouting, ‘The nation is secure.’ There’s something wrong with these people, and ordinary individuals in Belgium today have died, because of the arrogance of these individuals.”
U.S. officials believe more terrorists tied to Brussels attack are at large, plotting new strikes
Western intelligence officials believe there are “more than a handful” of Islamic State terrorists connected to the Brussels attacks who are still at large and plotting more attacks, a U.S. official told Yahoo News.
The comments from a U.S. official came as the Islamic State’s Web forum took official responsibility for Tuesday’s attack and threatened more strikes. The group promised “the alliance of crusaders” that it would see “dark days in response to their aggression against the Islamic State,” according to a statement in Arabic and French that was monitored by MEMRI, a group that tracks jihadist propaganda. The statement continued: “What awaits you will be grievous and bitter, with Allah’s permission.”
A U.S. official told Yahoo News “there is no reason to doubt” the Islamic State’s claims to be behind the Brussels attacks. The perpetrators that carried out the attacks on the Brussels airport and subway were part of a larger network believed to be “in the dozens” — as many as 30 to 40 — that also carried out last November’s attacks in Paris. Some of them have yet to be captured or killed.
“It’s a safe presumption that there continue to be people at large who have intentions and plans,” the official said. This was the reason for today’s warning by the U.S. Embassy that another attack could be “imminent” and advising Americans in the European capital to be “sheltering in place.” The official noted, however, that the new statement from the Islamic State threatening more attacks could also just be “standard rhetoric.”
Another reason for concern, U.S. officials and counterterrorism experts say, is that Islamic State attacks tend to occur in waves — with multiple strikes happening in different cities within a few days of each other.
However, politicians immediately seized upon the opportunity to once again attempt to place blame on their opponents. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the time to say that the attacks followed Donald Trump's statement that the US should pull out of NATO, and therefore was insinuating that Trump was somehow, in part, to blame for the attacks. Here's what the Texas senator said.
However, the real reason behind the attacks are summed up quite well by Christian apologist David Wood. Wood lays out why there are Islamic jihadists in the first place and why they engage in jihad, and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump and nothing to do with NATO. It has to do with the teachings of Muhammad. Take a listen to this short clip where Wood explains the three factors that must be taken into account so that we don't get this "radical Islam" versus "moderate Islam" mindset, but rather view Islam for what it truly is.