Terrorist attacks struck Brussels this morning, at Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station. An airport and a metro station I’ve used multiple times. Apparently, the attackers were Islamist terrorists. It’s a very scary thought; I or any one of hundreds of people I know could have been caught up there. I have dozens of friends in the Brussels area and a handful of my better-connected Burundian friends have been laying low there. Many commentators have aptly observed that the brainwashed individuals responsible for the attacks were attacking Westerners’ “right to free mobility”– a right that we take for granted, a right that Western governments are doing all they can to deny to most of the people fleeing places where ISIS represents a daily threat. But I digress.
I did see this meme floating around, which provides some solid tips for distinguishing useful news from sensationalism during events like these.