You’d never know it was Islamic extremists by reading the New York Times. Had it been a rogue branch of Catholics blowing things up in a perverse Holy Week celebration, that’d be the lede in every newspaper in the world.
But nope. Not here.
Here we have men named Mohamed Abrini, Najim Laachraoui, and Salah Abdeslam among others. Europe is at war, but no one wants to define the enemy because it might be insensitive.
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. “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” he said. At least one of the two explosions at the airport appeared to have been set off by a suicide bomber, officials said.
Whether we want to be or not, we are at war. I say we because this is not just a European phenomenon.