Europe a magnet for terror, says Chinese daily

Europe is becoming a magnet for terrorism, said a state-run Chinese daily which added that not since the end of World War II has Europe been "so disturbed and confused".

IANS| Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016, 12:38 PM IST

Beijing: Europe is becoming a magnet for terrorism, said a state-run Chinese daily which added that not since the end of World War II has Europe been "so disturbed and confused".

An editorial "Brussels attacks expose vulnerable Europe" appeared in the Global Times on Wednesday, a day after a series of explosions hit the airport and a Metro station in Brussels, the Belgium capital city. 

This is the second terrorist attack on a major European metropolis after Paris last November, the daily noted. 

It added that a few days ago, several suspects in the Paris attacks were captured in Brussels, so it is believed to be a revenge attack.

"Headquartered by the EU and over a hundred international organizations, Brussels serves as a hub of civilizations, and has a large African immigrant community. It was trampled on during two World Wars, and now terrorism becomes a new threat," said the daily.

"Terrorists launch such attacks quite frequently in war-torn and turbulent regions, but when Brussels has to face it, the city is unable to stop the scourge of craziness."

"Europe is becoming a magnet for terrorism. Terrorists from outside and extremists from inside are taking concerted actions to instigate instability. The EU has gone a long way in integration, but security is a weak link, leaving a modernized EU vulnerable in face of terror."

The editorial said that after 9/11, "the US has effectively reinforced its homeland security, pushing all anti-terrorist wars beyond its borders. Washington has stirred troubles in the Middle East, destroyed its regional architecture..."