There is something sick in Magritte’s homeland. More than 2000 people in Belgium last year took advantage of the country’s euthanasia law, the most liberal in the world. Even Catholic religious orders recently started to implement euthanasia in their own structures. Belgium is permitting it not only to dying patients, but also to the mentally disabled.
As the Washington Post reported, in the 2014-2015 period, 124 of the 3,950 euthanasia cases in Belgium involved persons diagnosed with a “mental and behavioral disorder,” four more than in the previous two years. Tiny Belgium’s population is 11.4 million; 124 euthanasias over two years there is the equivalent of 3,500 in the United States.
The capital of the European Union, which is Europe’s tomorrow, is euthanizing not only the elderly, but also its law and order, its internal peace, its defense, its identity. Islamic supremacism in this tiny country is like a doctor administering the final coup to a dying patient. Belgium’s disjointed cultural unity is linked at terrorism. And its fate will also signal Europe’s tomorrow. NATO and the EU are both headquartered in fact in Brussels. We Europeans are really all Belgians now!
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Belgian police failed to analyze the contents of phones, laptops and USB drives seized during a February 2015 house search of the Abdeslam brothers, the terrorists involved in the attack on Paris, in which 130 people were murdered. The seized devices stayed untouched until after the Paris attacks, and one of the phones got lost while in custody. Belgium had a staff of just 600 people to manage individual threats until 2015.
The new dramatic details, which emerged from a Belgian Parliament’s committee, are symbolic of a failed state, which came again under attack two weeks ago, when a suicide bomber detonated himself in the Brussels Central Station. But Belgian dysfunction is not only in counterterror measures; it is deeper. Walter Russell Mead, quoting from Joseph Conrad, called Brussels “the city of the whited sepulchres.”
After 9/11, the US media took as negative example of European military weakness the career of Chief Cpl. Rudy Christians, the Belgian army coiffed military hairdresser. “It’s a full-time job, guaranteed until retirement, and until then, the 47-year-old has enough free time to pursue an amateur singing career featuring Elvis and Tom Jones numbers,” the Wall Street Journal wrote after 9/11. “When the military does send him on an occasional field exercise, he is amazed by the fellow soldiers lumbering around him. ‘All the people are so old’, he says.” Christians is right: the Belgian army is derelict and aging.
The same is true for the Belgian anti-terrorism forces. Last year, after the terror attacks in Brussels, Americans claimed the Belgians are like clueless “children” who are too incompetent to handle today’s terror threat. A frustrated US official told the Daily Beast: “Even with the EU in general, there’s an infiltration of jihadists that’s been happening for two decades. And now they’re just starting to work on this. When we have to contact these people or send our guys over to talk to them, we’re essentially talking with people who are — I’m just going to put it bluntly — children. They are not pro-active, they don’t know what’s going on. They’re in such denial. It’s such a frightening thing to admit their country is being taken over.”
Belgium was once famous for beer, chocolate and scandals. It is now famous as Europe’s headquarter of Jihad. The Islamic State built its most powerful infrastructure inside the Belgian failed state. Belgium has the highest per capita number of Islamic terrorists gone to fight in Syria and Iraq than any other European country. The first European citizen to die on the battlefields of Jihad was Muriel Degauque, a Belgian Catholic girl. Two days before 9/11, two Tunisians recruited in Belgium murdered the Afghan commander Massoud, an enemy of Al Qaeda. The terror cell of Madrid’s 2004 bombings came from the Belgian town of Maaseik. All nine perpetrators of the November 2015 Paris attacks had a connection with Molenbeek. The guns used in the Charlie Hebdo massacre were sourced from the area. As Charles Michel, the Belgian prime minister, said, “Almost every time there is a terrorist attack, there is a link with Molenbeek.”
Brussels was destined to become, like London, Paris or Athens, the place par excellence of Europe’s national merger. Homo Belgicus should have been the highest example of synthesis of the European everyman. But that experiment went wrong. Belgium is now the Western European country with the highest suicide rate.
In the schools of the capital of Europe, the teaching of the Muslim religion has exceeded that of students of Catholic faith. Already today, in Brussels, one in three people is Muslim, the most common name is Mohammed, and by 2035 it will be a city with a Muslim majority.
Christianity in Belgium, which was once famous and strong, is now dying. The Church of Saint-Hubert in Watermael-Boitsfort will be turned into apartments, while the chapel of Piroy has been transformed into a brewery. In Namur, the Saint-Jacques Church was transformed into a clothing store. In Mechelen, Flanders, a luxury hotel has arisen in place of a Gothic church. Mosques are proliferating. Internal affairs minister Liesbeth Homans announced that Belgium will recognise 50 mosques, in addition to the 28 already officially listed in the country, reports De Morgen.
Belgium’s crisis of identity has a price. As Marc Hooge wrote after the bombings in Brussels last year (31 people killed), “the airport’s air traffic controllers went on strike, the airport police insisted on cumbersome procedures, extremists marched on the Place de la Bourse where vigils had been held, politicians blamed one another for failing to prevent carnage, no one rallied behind the Belgian flag, no one watched King Philippe’s televised speech the day of the attacks, the royal family’s statements of sympathy have fallen on deaf ears and a remembrance march in April attracted only a few thousand people.”
Belgium inserted the “existential suffering” into its law of euthanasia. But who will heal the existential crisis the country is facing because of nihilism, Islamic supremacism, fatigue and moral grandiosity?