Like many others, I never heard of Molenbeek prior to November 2015. I learned about this Brussels community in a whirlwind of media coverage about the Paris attacks.
Its counterterrorism efforts have been hindered by everything from its institutional makeup to linguistic barriers and unemployment.
Belgium is sending a message to the rest of Europe, It will stand and resist. Belgians will fight back. They will not lock down their homes, their institutions, their society. They will react with determination and toughness to an attack on their way of life, but never give up the freedoms they so much cherish.
At this political crossroads Belgium has an opportunity to change its image from being the "jihadi capital"of Europe to Europe's capital of social and economic integration.
Extremism in Belgium is far more complex than just blaming one neighborhood.
But pander is what Barack Obama did... in Havana from the very moment Air Force One landed on Sunday, an arrival snubbed
This is how things are in Brussels today. We found ourselves locked up in Parliament. Suspending activities. We called for moments of silence. We changed travel plans. We are waiting for news.
He is the only survivor of the 10 men believed to have carried out the November attacks.
Born and raised in Belgium, I have a bias. I went to the United States in 1996 to lead the NYSE's research and international departments and I became a U.S. citizen in 2009. After the Paris attacks, an insidious attempt to blame Belgium for the attacks struck me as (at best) ill-informed.