Brave British travelers treated at Belgian hospital for ‘severe battlefield’ wounds

Daily News Article - March 29, 2016


1. a) What types of injuries have those injured (including two British businessmen) in the ISIS terrorist attack in Brussels sustained?
b) List the injuries people have, as described in this article.

2. What is shrapnel?

3. What did the terrorists put in the bombs they used in their attacks on travelers in Brussels?

4. How does Prof. Stefaan Nijs, head of trauma at the Brussels hospital treating many of the wounded, describe the British victims’ reactions to their injuries?

5. What did Dr. Nijs say about the bombs the Islamic State terrorists used in their attacks? Be specific.

6. The doctor says the victims face months of rehabilitation while their wounds heal, particularly the burns to their hands and faces. Some may not survive. As of Monday afternoon, the number of people killed in the terrorist attack is 35; four of those are American. More than 300 were injured, many with critical injuries.
a) The purpose of the U.N. (from its website) is “to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people.” How effective do you think the United Nations has been in slowing, curbing or stopping these Islamic terrorists around the world? Explain your answer.
b) What should the leaders of the world do to address this horrific threat to us? What should President Obama do? Explain your answer.
c) Ask a parent the same question.

7. During an interview on Bloomberg TV this week, Republican presidential front-runner Donal Trump, when asked if he would consider nuclear retaliation after this week's terror attacks in Brussels, said: "Well, I'm never gonna rule anything out. And I wouldn't wanna say. …I wouldn't wanna tell you that because, at a minimum, I want them to think maybe that we would use it."
"The fact is that we need unpredictability," Trump said of his openness to using nuclear weapons. "When you ask a question like that, it's a very - it is a very sad thing to have to answer it because the enemy is watching and I have a very good chance of winning. I frankly don't want the enemy to know how I'm thinking. But with that being said, I don't rule out anything."
During his interview, Trump emphasized that terrorists "are winning" and "we don't do anything about it."
What do you think of Mr. Trump’s comments?

CHALLENGE: Do an internet search to see what Republican challenger Ted Cruz and Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said when questioned about possible response to ISIS attacks. With which candidate do you agree? Ask a parent the same question. Discuss your answers.