By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, March 22, radical Islamists attacked the people of Brussels, Belgium, killing 34 people and wounding over 220, some critically in attacks on both the International Airport and the Maelbeek metro station. Three terrorists were involved in the attack. Two died at the scene, and a third is still at large. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Alabama Leaders responded to the terror attacks, which are growing all too common.
US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said, “My thoughts are with those impacted by the horrific acts of terrorism in Belgium this morning. Join me in praying for the families and victims.”
US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “Devastating reports out of Belgium this morning as we are reminded of the continued threats and constant need for vigilance. Please join Rebecca and me in praying for all of those impacted by these heinous acts of terror.”
US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said, “Terrible news from Belgium this morning and a stark reminder about the dangerous threat terrorism continues to pose worldwide. Belgium is our NATO ally. The United States stands in solidarity with the Belgian people and we offer prayers for the victims and their families.”
US Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Belgium this morning. They are our allies and friends and we must do everything possible to stop the spread of radical Islam and the fruit it bears.”
US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) tweeted, “Prayers for Brussels.”
US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said, “Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families of the attacks in Brussels. The acts this morning go beyond terror. ISIS has declared war on anyone not willing to submit to its regime. The US and our allies must respond to this growing threat by searching out and destroying those who would engage in such heartless acts. This is the only way to ensure our security and prevent future attacks.”
State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said, “Praying for Belgium. Our President is consumed with expanding Islam, gender neutral restrooms, sensitivity training for our fighting forces, and keeping our borders open at all cost. This is a tragic reminder that we are a Sovereign Nation and we must secure our borders, and know exactly who enters our country. Living life upside down. Pray for America and Belgium.”
State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) said, “Terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium because of open borders in Belgium and particularly the open borders between France and Belgium just reaffirms my belief that unless we secure our borders and increase security for our country violence, will continue to flow to the United States. Illegal Immigration is not about race and not just about American jobs it’s about security for our country now and security for our country 10 years or more from now. Citizens need to stand and let your voice be heard and support people who stand for increased security of our country. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks his mind about security. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks the truth about these issues. He may not be politically correct in his choice of words but I am not either all the time. Most American citizens are not either if the truth be known. It is time for Americans to stand and defend our country and demand our leaders do the right thing in terms of security. No more just getting elected and talking about it till the next election.”
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) also released a statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Speaker Ryan said, “I want to express the condolences of the US House of Representatives to the Belgian people. I know we’re all watching this right now, and this scene is just so horrific. One minute, people are going about their day. The next minute, people are running for their lives. This is a terrorist attack in the heart of Europe.”
Speaker Ryan continued, “As our countries have always done, we must confront this threat together. We must defend democracy, and defeat terror. Our prayers are with Brussels, as is our solidarity.”