In keeping with my agreement with STRATFOR.COM here are 2 paragraphs from their recent report on the attack in Belgium. Stratfor is an interesting site and for those that can, it is worth the subscription fee. For all, it is well worth getting the 2 week trial they offer free
The Karachi Post in Pakistan claimed that the attack was linked to the sentencing in Liege on Dec. 12 of the family of Sadia Sheikh, who was killed by four family members in October 2007 over her refusal to accept an arranged marriage. A bomb threat was issued Dec. 12 against the court in Liege.
Although police know the identities of at least two of the attackers, they have only released information on one of them — 32-year-old Amrani Nordine, who died in the attack. According to Belgian newspaper Sudpress, Nordine was sentenced to 58 months in prison in 2008 for weapons possession and the cultivation of cannabis. Once the other attackers’ identities are available, we will be able to better determine the motivation for the attack. Regardless, the attack appears to follow STRATFOR’s forecast that jihadists and other militants will move to armed assaults for terrorist attacks.