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With guest host Ray Suarez.
Deadly terror attacks rock airport, subway in Brussels. We have the latest developments.
Bombs tore through an airport terminal and a subway station in Brussels, killing and injuring commuters and travelers, shutting down the city that operates as the European Union’s capital. The coordinated attacks have brought to Belgium the kind of terror long fought in neighboring France. The attack follows the arrest of a man called the head planner of the recent Paris terror attacks. This hour On Point:, terror attacks come to Brussels.
-- Ray Suarez
Julian Barnes, European security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. (@julianbarnes)
Nicholas Vinocur, politics reporter for POLITICO Europe in Paris, focuses on far-right politics, terrorism and radicalism. (@NicholasVinocur)
Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies and director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Author of "Anonymous Soldiers." (@hoffman_bruce)
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The Wall Street Journal: Brussels Rocked by Terrorist Attacks, Killing at Least 27 People — "Explosions rocked Brussels’ international airport and a subway station near European Union institutions on Tuesday in what authorities described as terrorist attacks. More than two dozen people were killed and many more injured amid horrific scenes of chaos."
The Daily Beast: Brussels Terror Attacks Bring Guerrilla War to the Heart of Europe -- "As explosions rocked the airport and the metro in Brussels this morning, fears grew that the threat of terrorism is morphing into the threat of guerrilla war in Europe. The attacks, which killed more than 20 people, came four days after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a member of the terrorist cell that attacked Paris cafés, a sports stadium, and a concert hall in November, slaughtering 130 people. On Sunday, the Belgian foreign minister warned that Abdeslam was planning a new attack."
POLITICO Europe: Belgium is a failed state — "In virtually every other European country, the fight against terrorism involves greater centralization of power, people and money. Combating terrorism, particularly in the Internet age, involves specialist teams of individuals, whether military, police, secret service, or civilian. It involves specialist equipment, particularly for surveillance and intelligence-gathering, and it involves sharing information across national borders. Actually, that trend to greater centralization and specialization is not peculiar to the fight against terrorism. It is also frequently found, for instance, in healthcare, education and research. But Belgium, in thrall to its linguistic politics, is moving in the opposite direction."
This program aired on March 22, 2016.