CHARLOTTE, NC, July 26, 2016 – The latest terrorist attack in Germany has been drowned out in the news by the American political conventions. This time the site was Ansbach, home to many American military families.
More prominent in the news was the attack in northern France, in which a priest was beheaded in his church by two ISIS terrorists. It may have been the shocking nature of the attack that put it in the headlines, but it will quickly yield prominence to the Democratic National Convention.
The newest jihadi strategy is apparently to keep law enforcement hopping with a steady stream of terror activities designed to overwhelm efforts to prevent them. The idea is like setting brushfires. Start a fire in one location and while the battle is underway to get it under control, set another in a different site. Before long the situation becomes chaotic.
Following the San Bernardino attacks, this column suggested the idea that a series of daily attacks against soft targets in this country would take a devastating toll on the American psyche. Something similar is taking place in Europe, particularly in France and Germany.
Chancellor Angel Merkel of Germany, in desperate need of a workforce, was one of the first European leaders to welcome Middle Eastern refugees to her country; now Germany is paying a high price. The warnings of potential terrorist activity have come to fruition, and the situation will not stop any time soon.
According to Bavarian interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, the Ansbach bomber pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video found on his phone.
Said Herrmann, “I think that after this video there’s no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background.”
Though some Western officials seem to be waking up to the fact that Islam is the primary cause and motive behind such attacks, the “Sunday Times” still ran the headline, “Germany warns of anti-migrant backlash after week of bloodshed.”
The United States has been relatively fortunate compared to Europe when it comes to terrorist activity. However, the Obama administration is following an immigration policy similar to those of Germany and other Western nations. The sand is quickly moving through the hourglass before the U.S. suffers again.
Another country that has been spared any significant assault so far is Italy, but Rome and the Vatican have long been prized targets for Islamists, both historically and symbolically.
There is growing public uneasiness with Chancellor Merkel’s open-door policy. More than a million refugees entered Germany in the past year.
So far there has been no decision to change the immigration system, and none is expected until the investigations of the recent attacks are concluded. Given the proliferation of terrorist activity in July alone, those investigations could take a long time.
Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere attempted to reassure the German people, saying, “Of course I would and will initiate appropriate amendments if they are necessary or if I think they are necessary, but only then.”
With the presidential political drama obscuring virtually any other news for Americans, the terror situation in Germany and other countries could be easily be overlooked on the back-burner. For the next several days at least, that gives ISIS and its terrorist associates virtually a free pass to operate under American radar.
Following the conventions, the summer Olympics will get underway in Brazil. In the present global jihadist climate, there will be intense scrutiny on that part of the world.
Considering recent terrorist developments, such as the truck attack in Nice, France, do not be surprised if something happens in a place where the world is not looking.
The war continues, but for the moment, ISIS seems to be the only one that is fighting.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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