On Sunday, police in Brussels, Belgium conducted a massive search for terrorists who may have been planning a Paris-style attack there. As of this writing, the search continues.
Residents were asked to stay away from windows and refrain from using social media to broadcast anything that might give away police positions.
So what did the good citizens of Brussels do?
They let the cat out of the bag.
They proceeded straight to the Internet, where they tweeted pictures.
Yes, the good citizens of Brussels, Belgium took to the Internet to post cat pictures.
Cats are the most posted, most tweeted animal on the Internet. A popular website, I Can Has Cheezburger, boasts what is probably the most comprehensive respository of cat memes in cyberspace. Grumpy Cat is an Internet icon. And who doesn't enjoy just a sweet picture of a cuddly cat every once in a while?
In this case, cats were used as the new weapon of mass destruction. Instead of cowering in fear and hiding in terror, the good citizens of Brussels dug down deep and found their sense of humor. I'm not exactly sure how it started, but within an hour after authorities requested that people stay off social media as a security precaution, photos such as the following started flooding the net, tagged with #BrusselsLockdown:
Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi! You're my only hope.
Hmm, let me study up on the subject . . .
As a thank you, Belgian police posted a picture of cat food with the admonition to "help yourselves!"
In the midst of a climate of fear, people responded with a sense of humor and refused to let fear overpower them.
#BrusselsLockdown for the win!
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.