The terrorist attacks in Belgium were appalling and we have all been touched as stories of heartbreak, loss and despair emerge.
Politicians from across the world have been quick to condemn the attacks, and rightly so. I join with them.
But you often wonder if many of these politicians – though obviously themselves appalled – don’t seize such events as moments to grasp some political traction.
We saw this from Tony Abbott during the Lindt Cafe seige. I don’t doubt his genuine disgust at the event. It may be just me, but I doubted his heartfelt sorrow.
I feel the same about Donald Trump.
I don’t think he could get to a microphone quick enough so he could use the Belgium attacks as a weapon in his political arsenal. In fact, he was in so much of a hurry that he didn’t bother to ask what Belgium was. Speaking on NBC’s TODAY, Trump said:
“Belgium is no longer Belgium. Belgium is not the Belgium you and I knew from 20 years ago, which was one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world”.
So there you go, Belgium is a city.
He was in so much of a hurry to tell Americans that he would close their borders et al that he forgot to even wonder what Belgium was!
It just doesn’t sound genuine to me.
It was as though he was ready to pounce within seconds of a terrorist attack.
My, he would have had a real problem if the attacks were in Yackandandah, Timbuktu, Humpty Doo, Bringthekegalong or Whyrootamoocow . . . same speech, but wouldn’t know where it was.
By the way, where is Whyrootamoocow?