Paul Belein is also covering this at Brussels Journal.Hard to know what to make of this. The Belgian authorities are labeling this as a matter of "youth gangs" and have, apparently, rounded up enough of them to quiet things down for the moment. No link, of course, to "islam" despite any indicators such as ethnicity, neighborhood, Ramadan, etc. Whether it is gang violence or something else they seem to have no determined inclination to deal with it. It's something to be "managed" - very similar to the sort of ideas we get from Paul Pillar to whom I pointed las evening. Only softer.Well, at least Pastorius and Mr. Belein are making us aware of it. The transi sophisticates of the Presse Ancienne have no interest in even dropping a hint of troubles in the Land of Welfared Bliss.
Heh it's the capital of EUtopia - nothing can be going wrong as defined by those who know.
Whether it is gang violence or something else they seem to have no determined inclination to deal with it.I think this has much to do with the artificial makeup of Belgium. In the south and Brussels the French Walloons predominate, the rest of the country is Flemish. The socialists who run Brussels are Walloon and depend on the emigrant vote to stay in power, so they aren't going to do anything to upset those voters. Along with this there is actually a movement among the Flemish to secede but the main Flemish party aligned with that view was outlawed because of "racism." My, my, those socialists sure are the democratic sort, no.
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