Brussels Officials Mocked the Notion of Islamist Violence Just 2 Months Before Attack

It sounds too ridiculous to be true, but it is. 2 months before the deadly ISIS attacks that killed at least 31 people and wounded almost 200 others, VisitBrussels (the city’s tourism department) ran an ad campaign mocking the notion that Brussels might not be a safe place. The campaign invited people from anywhere in the world to call into Brussels and talk to locals and ask them if there was any danger. The responders laughed at questions about violence in the city.

The ad read: “After Brussels was linked to terror plots, the international media portrayed the city as a warzone. We wanted to change this perception with an honest answer.”

From a November 15, 2015 Financial Times piece:

Belgian officials promised a crackdown on extremism after two of the attackers killed during the Paris terrorist plot were identified as Brussels residents. It is the fifth time in 18 months that the country has been linked with a big terrorist attack.

Watch the ad below:

Maybe Belgian officials will take the threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism more seriously now.

h/t Daily Caller