Europeans bash America for shootings like the one in San Bernardino, but they have a bad record on terrorism.
Many foreigners and President Obama don’t understand that our Bill of Rights and the existence of 350 million weapons in this country make gun control a non-solution for most aspects of the problem. Dealing seriously with terrorist threats and mental-health-system failures would bear more fruit.
In the aftermath of all that violence linked to Brussels, the capital not only of Belgium but of the European Community, the Belgians finally reacted by putting the city in effective lockdown for six days. Subways were closed, soldiers patrolled the streets, and public buildings were shuttered. The “imminent” terrorist threat that prompted the lockdown abated, and the city is back to normal.
The Marie Antoinette of historical legend (“Let them eat cake”) could not have expressed the sense of royal privilege better.