Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Reduce Islam to the Actions of Some

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Reduce Islam to the Actions of Some

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The image of the deserted Grand Place/Grote Markt on the front page of the Post-Gazette on Nov. 24 is indeed striking and hits home in a special way. From 2006 until October 2015 I lived, studied and worked in Belgium and was often in Brussels to partake of its rich cultural life.

In addition to its geographical significance at the crossroads of Europe, as the seat of the European Commission, NATO and numerous nongovernmental organizations, Brussels is a city distinguished by a vibrant mixture of cultures, languages, ethnicities and, of course, religions.

The current state of affairs in Brussels, as well as throughout Europe and beyond, points up that we are currently in a state of crisis in the sense that we are experiencing an extraordinary degree of instability that will not admit facile or quick solutions. …

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