Do you find it hard to write, given what happened in Brussels?

@TheHorse (72500)
Walnut Creek, California
March 22, 2016 12:24pm CST
I was going to write something light this morning, but given what happened in Brussels Belgium, my muse has left me. Another terrorist attack. Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Thirty or so people dead so far. I hope civilized people stop politicizing it. Don't blame it on Obama's "weakness." Or Congress's "stonewalling" of Obama. Or civilized Europe's kindness. We know who the enemy is. But the truth is that nobody knows exactly how to destroy them. Your thoughts?
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
22 Mar 16
I can't see it's anything to do with Obama or Congress. Not everything that happens is about the USA. I suspect this is either a retaliation for the capture of the guy who escaped the Paris attacks or is his buddies bringing forward a planned attack before that little weasel spills all the details to the authorities.
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@OneOfMany (12401)
• United States
22 Mar 16
I'm sure it has something to do with him. Or that the plan was set that if he was captured they'd carry out the attack. If they get their man and security slacks because of it, it's the signal to commence the next attack.
@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
Ostensible retaliation. They're always planning attacks.
• Eugene, Oregon
23 Mar 16
You are right, and their original plan may have taken far more lives.
@Tampa_girl7 (26235)
• United States
22 Mar 16
I somehow missed this sad news.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
It was the first thing I saw as I checked my AOL.
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@JolietJake (51107)
• United States
22 Mar 16
It hasn't really affected me. It's always sad when this happens, but it's just more of the same (expletive deleted) that's been going on for so long now that I am not really immune to it, but I don't dwell on it either. Maybe I've just become numb...
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
Except for my mood and my muse, that was my reaction. The words "fiddling while Rome burns" did go through my head, but I don't see any flames. I said "F--- it," and went and graded some papers, sipping coffee and listening to classical music.
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@Vjvals (924)
• Roseville, California
22 Mar 16
@TheHorse Hope your mood improves, everyone is having that today all at the same time including me
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
@Vjvals Thanks. I'm getting stuff done. Mood still a little crappy.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
22 Mar 16
I think it is time to quit blaming everyone else and blame ISIS the ones who are responsible and the worlds countries need to come together and get rid of those terrorists and do it NOW not after they cause more suffering.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
I agree.
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@xFiacre (5216)
• Ireland
22 Mar 16
@thehorse It just takes me back to Belfast in the 70s and 80s when we all went into the city but not everyone came back.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
I remember those days. I was safely (more or less) here in the States, though.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
22 Mar 16
Political excuses for such behaviour are just nonsense.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
Precisely. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Mar 16
Brussels was awful. What can we do? All we can do is make sure our corner of the world is safe for our children. We know who is doing this and all we can do is set and hope that those in control to do something will do the right thing. It is always a slow process. Look how long it took to get Osama Bin Laden. But we finally got him. It is not something that can be accomplished over night. Wish it could.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
We have to capture and destroy the vermin BEFORE they attack, not after.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Mar 16
@TheHorse ...But, if after is the only chance we have then after it is.
@AnneEJ (4979)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
22 Mar 16
It was a tragic thing. And it makes us more aware that those kind of attacks can happen anywhere. I know the Bible tells us that this type of thing will happen in the last days. We never know when our time will come, so i pays to be ready to meet the Lord.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
I'm ready to meet the Lord, but I'd imagine all terrible times seem like the Biblical last days when you're directly involved.
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@AnneEJ (4979)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
25 Mar 16
@TheHorse I am sure you are right, I am glad I live where I do.
@OneOfMany (12401)
• United States
22 Mar 16
I know how to destroy them, it's just that the world lacks the backbone to do so. We send in small teams and they do exactly what they did to others in videos. We torture them, we kill them in horrible ways, and then we upload it to the media. "This is what happens when you join the enemy. Don't think that you become anything other than a target on their side." The problem is doing all that and not ending up as one of the bodies.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
I'd rather see ISIS members "quietly disappear."
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@OneOfMany (12401)
• United States
25 Mar 16
@TheHorse Quietly disappearing doesn't lead to world knowledge of it. Unless they disappear at a fast enough rate that everyone notices. Time to get some assassins on the scene!
@jrramos (184)
• Loule, Portugal
25 Mar 16
I could say só many things but it is how it is, we are in war, maybe lot of people didnt realize that yet, but it is a fact, and the worst thing is that we don't know who is the enemy. I'realy feel for rh people from Belgium and like I said I could say a lot, but some time I don't fins the words.
@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Mar 16
I'm trying to think of solutions now. Nothing else.
• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
23 Mar 16
I personally think, that the more Muslims in Europe- the more terror attacks will happen. Many terrorists entered Europe borders, because they pretended to be refugees. Unfortunately, Europe will never be the same again.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
Sadly, this is probably the case. I don't always believe the "no good deed goes unpunished" adage, but in this case, it may be true.
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@Lucky15 (33698)
• Philippines
22 Mar 16
Nobody really know how to break them. Like they are crazy. This is too much. Aren't they just one selfish group? Sigh
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
They seem almost-sub-human.
@amadeo (73428)
• United States
22 Mar 16
well hope that this tragic does not come close to home.We need to get rid of them or do something.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Mar 16
It's hard to battle an enemy that lives among you.
@jahunt (1389)
• United States
22 Mar 16
Very sad! This seems to have become the new norm.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
It should not be. How do we stop them?
@ouahab7 (206)
• Algeria
22 Mar 16
All the world must work togather to stop them .We must have a global army who has the power to stop them.
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@TheHorse (72500)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
Who will put this army together?
• Eugene, Oregon
23 Mar 16
You have it exactly right. Demands that we "do something fast" are so misbegotten and wrongheaded. There is so little that we can actually do.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 Mar 16
it is sad, I hate seeing stuff like this happen
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@vandana7 (67684)
• India
5 Apr 16
They play psychological game, we need to too. The object is to create fear. Show it does not matter. Upload it only briefly. Do not repeat the same news again and again. By doing that, we are doing half their job for them. Do not discuss. Something happens, train yourself to ignore like Germans were ignoring what was happening to Jews around them. That will force them out to come out more strongly and more frequently and that will make it easier to capture them silently. Every time somebody is caught, don't reveal. Use the person for trapping others to walk into trap. Just few ideas vanny has.
@allknowing (69503)
• India
23 Mar 16
The fact that they are not noticed could it be that non ISIS is lending them a helping hand. I was not affected as this has become more a rule than an exception.
@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
23 Mar 16
Irrational hate is hard to combat and even harder to understand are the young people who are falling for this crap!!