Alleged Belgium Security Orgy Tells Us Something about Security

According to the New York Times, “Brussels Police Investigate Reports of Police Orgy Amid Terror Alert.”

In the six weeks since the Paris terrorist attacks, law enforcement agencies in Brussels, where most of the attackers lived or had ties, have been denounced as slow, unresponsive, disorganized and even incompetent.

To this list of woes, another was added on Wednesday: Officials are investigating accounts of an alcohol-fueled “orgy” at a police station one night last month while Brussels, the Belgian capital, was nearly shut down over fears of a copycat terrorist attack.

At the time, soldiers had been sent to Brussels to help patrol the city, which was paralyzed with fear. Schools, government offices, markets and the public transit network were all closed.

According to an article in La Dernière Heure, a local newspaper, the orgy occurred sometime between Nov. 21 — when the federal government’s crisis center raised the alert level for the Brussels region to 4, the highest — and Nov. 26, when the alert level was reduced to 3.

About 20 soldiers from an infantry unit known as the Ardennes Battalion of Hunters were bivouacked at a police station in Ganshoren, a neighborhood north of Molenbeek. According to the newspaper, after the police station closed for the night at 10 p.m., two policewomen were invited upstairs to the floor where the soldiers were sleeping and had sex with eight of them.

This reminds me of the sleaziness of Hillary Clinton’s security detail when she was Secretary of State. It also even reminds me of the moral character of state employees in America.

This is one of many signs that the soldiers did not take the threat seriously, at least as far as the Belgian people are concerned. As Politico reports, another indication was a soldier who apparently thought it was appropriate to shop on duty.

The Belgian people do not feel that those who were charged with protecting them took their job very seriously.

I’m sure there are honorable and competent Belgian soldiers, but when you offer people steady pay to carry guns you are bound to attract others. And depending on the political environment in Belgium, it might not be the cream that rises to the top.

But the real problem is that a city of able-bodied adults shouldn’t need that much protection. They should be able to protect themselves.

When people don’t cling to their guns they will cling to their armed guards crying for them to stay alert. They should stay alert, but no people should be that dependent on them.

It is as if a pack of animals decided that they would be safer if ninety percent of them became a flock of sheep and the rest became sheepdogs. But it turned out that the sheepdogs weren’t so good at protecting the flock.

In fact, eventually the flock will learn that a sheepdog can be a wolf. Who is going to stop him?