It hasn't even been six months since the terror attacks in Paris. Here we are again.
A good day never begins with news that a highly populated, metropolitan area has been hit by terror attacks. Bombings at the Brussels airport and metro station have already killed more than 30 people and injured countless more. We can't even begin to assess the final damage count. The worst part of this whole thing, for any decent human, is that all we can do is sit by our televisions and watch as more breaking news rolls in.
There's speculation that the attacks in Brussels are due to the arrest of Salah Abdeslam (the Paris attacker with close ties to ISIS) in the city on Friday. The world remembers Paris like it was yesterday. 130 people lost their lives. Millions of people changed their Facebook profile pictures to the French flag mourning their loss. The emotional damage still exists in the aftermath of Paris. In fact, the Brussels international airport has been on the highest security alert since.
It's a shame, really, how incredibly easy it is for an organization to get away with attacks like this not just once, but multiple times. Even if we ignore the terror attacks happening continuously in the Middle East, ISIS has proven themselves to be a tenfold threat in the West. Then, Paris. Now, Brussels. Next? The fact that ISIS is succeeding at instilling fear in the minds of literally everyone is sickening.
Belgium's Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said in an interview that the attack on Brussels was "blind, violent, and cowardly." He couldn't be more right. This is the question I pose to individuals and groups that think attacks like Brussels are justifiable: Why? At what point during these attacks do you stop and think 'yes, I'm doing the right thing by killing all of these innocent people'? I just can't wrap my mind around it.
My heart is heavy for the people of Belgium. This is another (unfortunate) reminder to be grateful for every moment of safety we have. You never know when it will end.
Stay classy, Brie