Perhaps it's because Belgium is HQ of NATO and EU, and perhaps unfairly the name Brussels has become synonymous with those organisations. The fact that in Brussels live ordinary Belgians then gets lost due to what people think about EU and NATO. So if these attacks are perceived as against those two organisations in some way, for instance against those who work in Brussels for them, then some sympathy may be lost. The synthetic tears of Mogherini were widely laughed at and despised across Russian networks, with many asking where were the tears for Odessa and the many other civilians killed in Donbass. Sympathy for ordinary Belgians was shown, but tempered by the association of Brussels with EU/NATO.higurashihougi wrote:Dunno if anybody mentioned this issue, but days passed and I have not seen anybody put a Belgium flag on his/her avatar. No "pray for Brussel", very few commemoration activities... much much less than the case of Paris.
Do these people consider Belgium is something inferior than France. Or do they lost the apetite to raise a flag ?
May be it's just me but all these things make me feel sick about the hypocrisy in this world.
Edit: There is another reason for lack of sympathy such as shown for France. I hesitate to mention it because it is rather stereotypical and may be totaly wrong. But, with no disrespect to any Belgians of course, that while Belgium has a high reputation for beer, chocolate and pommes frites, the country itself is seen as a sort of "non-country", even as a joke. These attitudes come from lack of understanding of the complicated history and interference in everything that can be called Nederlands and Wallonia by foreign powers centuries ago. Among those with knowledge of the recent history, then Belgium's reputation is badly tarnished by it's adventures in central Africa, and the repercussions of the disaster still causing terrible problems today. Congo and Rwanda were both colonies.
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