Would you make the same comments if your family members were going through this? Asks our editor
Three bomb blasts. Dozens of people killed. Transport on lockdown. Terror alert in Brussels upgraded to highest level.
No matter the people crying and bleeding on the road. Some commentators had the cheek to use this “black day for Belgium” for making a case for Brexit.
Take a look at the culprits:
Allison Pearson, an author and former columnist for The Daily Mail, today wrote: “Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we’re safer in the EU! #Brexit”
Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we’re safer in the EU! #Brexit
— Allison Pearson (@allisonpearson) March 22, 2016
This got her trending on Twitter with hundreds of people slamming her for “shamelessly” using the Brussels attack for the Brexit debate.
UKIP couldn’t resist chiming in with a typo-laden press statement.
UKIP’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP blamed the attacks on “free movement and lax border controls”.
The statement read:
“I am appalled at the loss of life and injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured.
“This horrific act of terrorism shows that Schengen free movement and lax border controls are a threat to our security.
“The head of Eurpol [sic] said in February that 5,000 jihadists are at large in the EU having slipped in from Syria. There are 94 returned jihadists currently living in Molenbeek, Brussels. This fact alone should alert people to the fact that open borders are putting the lives of European citizens at risk.”
Even Katie Hopkins outdid herself and blamed refugees for the attacks on Brussels.
Every one of you who said refugees are welcome, if you said ‘let them in’. You are responsible for Brussels. And you still can’t see.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 22, 2016
I have a few questions for these harbingers of heartlessness:
- Do you really think terrorists care about the UK leaving the EU?
- How on earth is that a motivation/demotivation for terrorists?
- How do you know the nationality of the terrorists? Have you seen their passports? Couldn’t they have been Belgian nationals who didn’t need to cross any borders?
- Would you make the same comments if your family members were going through this?
- Finally, how do you sleep at night?
Every city/state/country is struggling with terrorism today.
For months London’s security threat has been put on the highest level possible. Would these people call for London to leave the UK if that were to happen here?
The fact these people are shunning Brussels right now and calling it “Jihadi Central” makes me sick to my stomach. Do these bombings show EU freedom of movement is a “security threat”? I can’t see the connection.
Instead of treating Brussels like a rotten tooth that needs to be extracted, we should be doing all we can to show solidarity with its people today.
I have to admit that these vile opinions made me question whether the UK is actually safe in the EU. I ferociously googled around to see if there are stats and studies that I can throw at these commentators’ faces to prove them wrong.
But then I stopped and I’m not going to tell you an answer to this either because it doesn’t really matter.
Today of all days is not a day to make a case for either side of the EU referendum.
Let’s support Brussels today to recover from this. Thank god for humanity because people in the world are already doing that. The hashtag #ikwilhelpen which stands for ‘I want to help’ is trending in Belgium with people offering lifts, accommodation and help.
In response to the terrorist attacks, French and Belgian social media users are using Belgium’s pissing statue Mannekin Pis as an answer to terrorists.
Here’s hoping all these efforts around the world will shutdown all these commentators. I, for one, call for an apology.