Brussels: Over there is over here

And so it continues, the slow, sick realization of the end of Western impunity. What we did to Them, Over There, they can now do Us, Over Here. It doesn’t have to be fair, it doesn’t have to be right, it doesn’t have to seem justified if we don’t want to think it is. But it exists, and it’s the capacity of the Third World (as we used to call it) to export violence to the First, something not seen since the Ottoman Empire the seventeenth century.

Having carelessly laid waste to half the Middle East, we now discover that there are groups who resent that fact, and want to take the fight to us, and more importantly to our governments. Western political leaders, their officials and their media, have treated the rest of the world as a giant video game for a long time now. But the sprites are shooting back. One of these days, and it won’t be long, a bomb explosion will take out a senior European policy-maker, or a banker or a media pundit, and there will be screaming, and rending of Hugo Boss suits. But by then it will be too late. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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