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Floral Carpet in Brussels in 2008. It's pretty.


Tragic news from Brussels:

A series of deadly terrorist attacks struck Brussels on Tuesday, with two explosions at the city’s main international airport, and a third in a subway station at the heart of the city.

According to news agencies, 13 people were killed at the airport, and 15 in the subway bombing, while 30 others were wounded. Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said there were “numerous” dead.

The numbers of dead and injured continue to change. British Prime Minister David Cameron has called an emergency meeting of ministers, the French government has placed an additional 1600 police on the borders, and pretty much all of Belgium -- its airport, trains, subways, and buses -- has been locked down.

It's the kind of tragedy that might, in a more civilized era, have caused people seeking to be world leaders to take a breath and offer their condolences to the nation under attack and to the victims and their families. But in this era, when we don't have time to be politically correct or even mildly decent, or the slightest bit responsible about the language we use and the accusations we so carelessly fling against The Bad Guys, there's no time like the present to start spewing incendiary language, speculating about whom to blame -- even though officials have not determined who is responsible -- and trash-talking, oh, well, everyone. Take it away, Republican frontrunner for president Donald Trump:

I would close up our borders until we figure out what is going on. Look at Brussels. Look at Paris. Look at so many cities that were great cities. Paris is almost as bad ... Paris is no longer the beautiful City Of Lights. Paris has got a lot of problems ... All you have to do is speak to the people who live there. [...] We have to be smart in the United States. When people come in, we're taking in people without real documentation, we don't know where they're coming from, we don't know where they're from, who they are. You look at it from any standpoint, they could be ISIS. They could be ISIS-related. And we just don't learn. ... Brussels is an amazing example. Brussels was an absolutely crime-free city, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And now you look at it, it's a disaster. [...]

Frankly, those countries better get smart fast, because they're just disintegrating. I have friends who live in Brussels, they say the place is literally disintegrating.

In my opinion, this is just the beginning. It will get worse and worse because we are lax and we are foolish. ... At this point, we cannot allow these people to come into the country. We are allowing thousands and thousands of people to come into our country, and we don't even know where they come from and who they are. We have to be very careful. We're not babies. We can't do this anymore. We can't have these attacks anymore. We can't have World Trade Centers anymore and planes flying into the Pentagon.

Unfortunately, and thank you so much for this, Mr. Trump, it feels necessary to clarify for you that neither the World Trade Centers nor the Pentagon were attacked today in Brussels.

Fellow wannabe world leader Ted Cruz also knows -- before anyone else in an official position to know -- whom to blame for these attacks, though he lacks the courage and leadership skills to call most of Europe and America of bunch of lazy morons:

Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning. Make no mistake -- these terror attacks are no isolated incidents. They are just the latest in a string of coordinated attacks by radical Islamic terrorists perpetrated by those who are waging war against all who do not accept their extreme strain of Islam.

Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it. That ends on January 20, 2017, when I am sworn in as president. We will name our enemy -- radical Islamic terrorism. And we will defeat it.

John Kasich also issued a statement offering his "thoughts and prayers" to Belgium and the victims of the attacks and calling on our allies to "utterly reject the use of deadly acts of terror" and to "redouble our efforts with our allies to identify, root out and destroy the perpetrators of such acts of evil." However, as Kasich failed to use the obligatory phrase "radical Islamic terrorism," he will never be president.

Meanwhile, the actual president of the United States, currently in Cuba, has been briefed by the actual intelligence experts whose job it is to knows about such things. He has yet to speak on the issue, probably because he's too busy undermining American security by taking selfies next to paintings of revolutionary icons. No wonder Republicans think he's not even really the president.

Or maybe it's because Barack Obama is an actual grown-up, who would rather know what he's talking about before stoking fears and xenophobia and calling everyone who isn't him a stupid weak loser pansy-ass dummy. Which is why he will address the attacks in Brussels in a speech later this morning, from Havana.

We here at Yr Wonkette offer our condolences to the people of Belgium and our apologies for Donald Trump.

[NYT]

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