A senior fellow from the Watson Institute for International and Public Policy at Brown University is weighing in on the terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Stephen Kinzer is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, who writes about foreign policy. He says the west should prepare for more attacks in the future.
“This can’t be the last one, and I think there has to be some recognition in the minds of Europeans and Americans that we can be thrown into a panic every time something like this happens,” said Kinzer. “This is exactly what the attackers are hoping for.”
Kinzer says part of the terrorists’ goal is to promote a view that Europe, and by extension the U-S, are weak and that they are hostile to Muslims.
Kinzer said a combination of factors contributed to the attacks, including the failure of some European countries to integrate Muslim immigrants. He said it’s not surprising that Brussels was a target.
“Brussels was a base for the attacks in Paris, there’s recently been an arrest in Brussels, and Brussels is the center of Europe, it’s the symbol of Europe because it’s the capital of the European Union.”
Kinzer said the west should be careful about clamping down on Middle Eastern refugees in the wake of the attacks.
“It’s certainly part of the goal for terrorists in the Middle East to make it seem like Europe is not a welcoming place, that Europe is hostile. If Europe is opening its doors to refugees, it’s difficult to promote that view.”