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The European Jihadi Union

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It took four months for Salah Abdeslam -- one of the alleged commando members on Paris 11.13 -- to be captured in Brussels after a shootout. He never escaped to Syria; he never moved away from his known digs in Molenbeek.

It took only four days for the next plot twist -- a coordinated jihadi attack at Brussels airport and a metro station only 500 meters away from the EU headquarters.

Under a blowback scenario, this was largely predictable. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders had even warned during the weekend attacks were imminent. More worrying is the leak that Belgian secret services -- as well as Western intel agencies -- had "precise" info about the risk of an attack at the airport and a probable attack on the metro.

Even more significantly, and before the arrest of Abdeslam, none other than neo-Ottoman Sultan Erdogan, leader of a key "NATO ally," had seen the writing on the wall; "There is no reason why the bomb that exploded in Ankara cannot explode in Brussels, in any other European city." Erdogan was, of course, drawing a nasty, false connection between Kurds and Salafi-jihadis, yet he sounded like he was delivering a mix of prophecy and threat.

Walking Dead Schengen

Europe once again has been drowned in the same old warped litany. Two jihadi suicide brothers. An expert ISIS/ISIL/Daesh bomb maker -- who may have manufactured the suicide vests used in Paris, loaded with Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP). An evaded airport bomber leaving a will on his laptop. A mysterious rifle found near one of the blown-up jihadis. No passports were found -- at least not yet; instead, an incriminating ISIS/ISIL/Daesh flag.

A tsunami of police has congested the streets of European capitals to "ease public anxiety" and "act as a deterrent" -- as if this show of force would enforce anything other than fear.

The US State Department -- truthful to its spectacular record of inanity -- blurted out that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is "under pressure." US diplomats might as well have placed a call to "NATO ally" Erdogan, for whom the fake "Caliphate" at a minimum can be used as a pre-positioned, actionable asset in the Middle East chessboard.

Ratings for the latest EU show -- the savage bickering over the "security challenge" to Fortress Europe -- went through the roof. Across many an EU capital, clock towers avidly "celebrated," in unison, the demonization of refugees and the decapitation of multiculturalism.

And Schengen, which was in Walking Dead mode, was hit with a sawed-off shotgun and is now, well, pretty much dead.

The end of Schengen may cost the EU as much as $100 billion. Xenophobia and Islamophobia, for their part -- which are offered free of charge -- never had it so good.

Europol sources swear that at least 5,000 jihadis have entered the EU disguised as refugees. No one's asking; if they have been positively identified, how come they were not arrested? At least 400 of those may be ready to wreak havoc all across Europe.

Brussels airport happens to be just a couple of kilometers away from NATO's HQ -- whose alleged mission is to maintain security in Europe while actually, in practice, behaving like a Robocop from Africa to Central Asia. The jihadis, instead, aimed at an airport under virtually maximum security and a metro station within walking distance from the Barlaymont, the HQ of the European Commission (EC). They may even have planned to attack two nuclear plants in Doel and Tihange.

The fact that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is blowing up citizens from the EU and many other nationalities right under NATO's noses cannot but raise eyebrows. Especially when we know that for NATO and its sorry gallery of Strangeloves, Breedloves and Breedhates, the "enemy" is not Salafi-jihadism, but "evil" Russia.

What about an R2P for Europe?

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