In the latest episode of “Security Theater” Belgian soldiers were deployed to areas at high-risk of terrorist activity with no bullets in their rifles. Following the revelation Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels’ Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community stated that:
“Soldiers who were posted outside a synagogue and the city’s Chabad House following the slaying of four Jews in Brussels’ Jewish Museum of Belgium in 2014 told [me that] for months, they used to guard the area with no bullets in their rifles…It was just a show.”
Soldiers without bullets can be added to the long list of “Security Theater” measures that give the impression of security but do little to protect. They join the ranks of the TSA agents who have failed to apprehend a single terrorist, bombing raids that don’t drop bombs and immigrant background checks that allow terrorist to move freely between countries with fake passports.
This latest development is further evidence that heads of state all over the world are more interested in preserving the illusion of security instead of taking measures to actually achieve security.
What nation will be the first to step up and take real measures against terrorists? What steps should they take? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.