Belgium, My Country, Is in Denial


Aaron David

A fourth generation Californian, befuddled.

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  1. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    This seems to be the key point:

    “A failing state was unable to either stem illegal immigration, or to generate a business environment in which the private sector could create jobs for young second generation immigrants. They were left instead to fester in ghettos such as Molenbeek, marred by high unemployment, crime and an extensive drug economy.”

    Not a lot of good options here for drastic change, their immigration and economic policies are at the mercy of larger countries.Report

  2. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Someone commented along the lines that Belgium’s stretch without a government seemed to work superficially, but it turned out to matter in a pretty big way. That certainly seems to be the case.Report

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    NPR had an interview with a former NSA head who stated that the eurolanders don’t like to share intelligence between states. They will share it with the us, but not with each other. That and they don’t have as sophisticated a set of intelligence resources as the us and some other countries do. And they viewed radicalized folks leaving belgium to fight for isis as a problem solved (for their country) but didn’t have the resources to monitor them if they came back.

    If true, that most certainly, played a part is all this.Report