How to deal with lone wolf Jihadis – Part 3

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As you might have noticed in the news, there are a few lone wolf gunmen that are causing a little upset here and there.  Nothing to really worry about, because they have nothing to do with ISIS, or Islam, or the radicalisation of many Western democracies.

Belgium has begun deploying hundreds of troops to guard potential targets of attacks, including Jewish sites and diplomatic missions, following a series of raids and arrests, the government said.

Let me make this clear:  for a country to deploy troops against its own citizens is nothing to worry about.  It is normal in a democracy for armed forces to be deployed to protect some parts of society from other parts, especially if they are not organised, poorly motivated, badly equipped lone wolf gunmen.  

Up to 300 soldiers will be gradually deployed in the capital Brussels and the northern city of Antwerp, which has a large Jewish population, Prime Minister Charles Michel’s office said in a statement on Saturday.

The soldiers could also eventually be deployed to the industrial eastern city of Verviers, where early on Friday security forces killed two suspected attackers in a huge raid on an alleged “terror cell” planning to attack police in the country.

“The mobilised troops will be armed and their primary responsibility will be to survey certain sites” and to reinforce police, the prime minister’s statement said.

Troops will reinforce police ranks until at least Thursday, when authorities will review the national threat level, set at 3 on a scale of 4 this week, Belgium Defence Minister Steven Vandeput said on Saturday.

National threat levels are just one of those silly administrative monikers that don’t really mean much.  I mean, after two or three mad random lone wolf gunmen with no coherent collective agenda, it is entirely normal for countries to elevate threat levels close to Critical and to roll out the army against fellow citizens.

Nothing to worry about.  Trust me.

“It’s very important to say that this wasn’t a simple decision. But it was necessary, at a time when police are overly engaged, for the army to enter in a supporting role,” he said.

Of course!   I mean, with only a handful of random nutbar gunmen, of course a police force in the tens of thousands are overwhelmed!  Of course they need the army to help out.  It’s only normal.

And this proves it:

Belgian prosecutors said there were no immediate links with last week’s attacks in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman, the country’s worst attacks in half a century.

See?

No links!

Because when there is nothing to worry about, police get overwhelmed and the army is rolled out against your neighbours.

Simple stuff.   Stop seeing things in the shadows.  It’s just lone wolf nutbar gunmen.

Nothing to worry about.

 

– Al Jazeera


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