Outside airport. Reuters photo.
The terror in Brussels has prompted an outpouring of compassion, solidarity, dignity and defiance from Belgians and around the world - except, alas, from Drumpf, who blathered on in his usual bellicose, narcissistic fear-mongering - with one top Brussels official vowing, "We will let no one cowardly attack the values of Democracy. Barbarism will be fought continuously." On social media, people rose to the horrific occasion with heartfelt grace, grit and wit, creating hashtags aimed at following the mandate to, "Find shelter. Organize. Help."
Through #Brüssel, #IkWilHelpen (I will help), #openhouse, #porteouverte, #Bruxelles and #enterrasse (still sitting outside in fearlessness on terraces), they have offered rides, beds, couches, hugs, meals, empathy and images of "many class acts full of light, even in a moment of darkness." Many posts struck a determinedly down-but-not-out tone that rejected fear, the goal of terror. There are pictures of Brussels native Tin-Tin heroically rushing in to help; mock-ups of the manneken pis, a famed statue of a child pissing, aiming the flow onto guns, terrorists and Drumpf; and photos of chalk drawings defying hatred - all to say, like the traveler in a shaky airport video trying to soothe a shocked fellow victim as they lay on the floor moments after the blast, "Say it's ok. It's ok. It's ok. It's ok."
Photo by Aurélien Breeden.