Let’s hope this latest terrorist attack doesn’t distract Belgians and the rest of us from what the real problem is: climate change. President Obama and Secretary Kerry are thoroughly convinced of this as they reminded the whole world right after the Paris attacks a few months ago. President Obama should not cut his Cuban trip short either. He can just hold another press conference there with Raoul Castro using the Che Guevara memorial as a backdrop and remind people that the Brussels attack has nothing to do with Islam. What happened in Brussels is just another incident of workplace violence, or man-caused disaster.
And he shouldn’t go over there to Belgium either. He can send Secretary of State John Kerry again, and, hopefully, Kerry can persuade his friend James Taylor to accompany him and do another rendition of “You’ve Got A Friend.” That should be more than enough. Wait, there he is on television in Havana as I write this. He’s promising the help of the United States to “bring the terrorists to justice.” That should boost Belgian confidence. I mean look, he promised he wouldn’t rest until he brought the Benghazi attackers to justice and it took less than two years to arrest Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind. At that rate, we should have all of them in custody by, say, 2078 or so.
And President Obama was again careful not to say Islam and terrorism in the same sentence because we know terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. He didn’t mention Islam at all, which is good considering that doing so might threaten the progress of multiculturalism in Europe. There are lots of right-wing whackos in Germany, Denmark, Holland, the UK, and other places who want to stop Muslim refugees from coming into Europe by the millions. Suggesting there might be some connection between the Brussels attack and Islam would only encourage them.
And, more Americans might get worried about Muslim refugees coming into the United States, too, if we connect Islam and terrorism. They might even vote for Donald Trump! People might start to doubt the benefits of diversity and multiculturalism over here too, especially if right-wing whackos in the United States suggest that the Koran exhorts its followers to kill infidels. Those Koranic passages have nothing to do with Islam.
All cultures are equal! Multicultural scholars tell us so over and over and they’re very highly educated, teaching at our best colleges and universities. If Islam insists women are inferior to men and cannot leave their house unless they’re in the company of an adult male relative, that’s fine. If they want to throw homosexuals from tall buildings or drop stone walls on them, that’s their culture and we shouldn’t judge. If Muslim migrants in Europe want to grope hundreds of German women during a New Year’s Eve celebration, it isn’t their fault. They believe it’s okay, so we shouldn’t make a big deal out of it. If Swedish women want to go around wearing dresses or tank tops, they should understand that Muslim refugees might not be able to control themselves. We cannot blame Muslim men for raping them. They were raised to think it’s all right, and who are we to say they’re wrong?
At a time like this, we would do well to remember what President Obama’s Army Chief of Staff said after the workplace violence at Fort Hood: “As great a tragedy as this was [shooting of more than 40 soldiers], it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”