Just days after the capture of the suspected leader of the Bataclan massacre in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, Brussels has been hit with a massive terror attack with suicide bombs at the airport and near a Metro station, with scores dead and injured.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump wasted no time in laying out his plans in the aftermath of the attacks, were he president, telling Fox News, “I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on,” he said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
“We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country,” Trump continued. “We are taking in people without real documentation.”
“We don’t know who they are or where they’re from. We don’t learn. I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time. This whole thing will get worse as time goes by.”
Apparently vigilance is something Europe needs more of as well, as terror experts expressed their shock at how easily terrorists were able to mount this attack just months after Paris.
Clint Watts, a former FBI and U.S. Army counter-terrorism official and expert on how ISIS operates, told NBC News that Belgian authorities should have been more prepared for Tuesday’s attacks.
“That they could sit for four months, not only in Belgium but in Brussels and especially in Maelbeek, and plot these kinds of attacks just four days after the arrest of such a high-level network facilitator — this is shocking to me because they should have been on the highest level of alert,” Watts told NBC News.
“It is hard to conceive that this would happen on such a large scale when it was so obvious that these guys were operating there,” Watts said of ISIS. “After [Abdeslam’s] arrest, you would have to assume everyone in the network was preparing to launch whatever they had.”
“After the Paris attacks, it was a question of not being able to run all the leads down,” Watts said. After Tuesday, “It’s no longer a capacity problem, it’s a competency problem.”
And to Donald Trump’s point, it was Europe’s open border policy – particularly to Muslim migrants – that has allowed terror cells to grow and fester. Why on earth would you want to let any more people in until you’ve figure out what you’ve got?
How many more innocent people have to die?