Seeds: On Tuesday March 22nd, an ISIS organized set of bombings devastated Brussels, Belgium, with two bombs being set off in an airport and one at a subway station. A total of 31 people were killed and hundreds were injured. As a result, Belgium has been added to the list of European nations that have been affected by terrorist attacks at the hands of ISIS.
Core: Reports show that these bombings were the worst attacks on Belgian soil since World War II. Three men, two of whom are confirmed dead, are responsible for coordinating the attacks. Belgian police are aggressively searching for the third man. Many are speculating that these attacks were a response to the capturing of Salah Abdeslam, one of the prime suspects in the Paris attacks.
Skin: Some of the world’s monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, are lit up in the colors of the Belgian flag in solidarity. Also, people are posting pictures of the crying Belgium cartoon character named Tintin all over social media in support of the mourning European nation.
Leaves: In every way, Brussels rightly deserves the global attention it has received in regards to this Tuesday’s attack. However, one must question why the world has not responded with the same fervor to the multiple recent, and just as deadly, attacks in Turkey. Every nation and every person who suffers from these acts of violence should be globally supported, not just those in affluent western nations. In the face of this global crisis, we must remember to join together and inspire hope, working peacefully to outshine the moments of malice.
Food For Thought: What do you think the United States should do about the terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere? Do you think that attacks could happen in America? Do you think that global powers are doing enough to quell ISIS’s power? Do you think that media outlets equally share stories, or is there a stronger focus on the struggles of western nations?