Why I won’t be attending a Belgian solidarity rally

Seth J. Frantzman

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

Around the world there is an outpouring of sympathy in the wake of terror attacks in Belgium that killed 34 and wounded 250. According to the BBC, “many cities around the world illuminated their landmarks in the colours of the Belgian flag in a show of solidarity.”  The Eiffel tower was lit up in the colors of the Belgian flag.

This is the usual ritualized reaction to a terror attack in Europe. After the terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January 7, 2015 numerous political leaders marched in Paris.  The Independent noted at the time “there is no precedent for such a mass turnout of world leaders for anything other than a summit or funeral of a leading monarch or statesman.”  It should be recalled that during that march most of the leaders did not arrive because of the related killings at the kosher supermarket, but…

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