In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly ISIS bombing in Brussels, city officials are regretting a tragically ironic advertisement from just two months ago which ridiculed the notion that Brussels is a hub of Islamic radicalism, reports the Daily Caller:
VisitBrussels, the city’s tourism department, crafted the #CallBrussels campaign in an effort to disassociate the city with Islamic terror after residents were linked to the November, 2015, Paris attacks and other extremist plots.
As part of the campaign, VisitBrussels set up telephones across the city and invited people to call them in order to speak with Brussels passersby. It then used these calls to create a video touting Brussels as a peaceful, welcoming city.
“After Brussels was linked to terror plots, the international media portrayed the city as a warzone,” the ad said. “We wanted to change this perception with an honest answer.”
The ad then shows interactions with (supposedly) random Belgians, who assure callers the city is completely safe.
This is the kind of head-in-the-sand attitude that is leading to Europe's bloody demise: this willful self-delusion that charming Old World capitals full of tolerant multiculturals are surely immune from violent jihad.
After Tuesday’s bombings killed nearly three dozen Belgians and wounded upwards of 150 more, some folks on Twitter were quick to condemn and ridicule the horribly-timed ad: