CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 22, 2016 — Two headlines on “Breitbart News” stand out this week. The first is, “Leaders like Merkel Still ‘Scratching Their Heads’ over Motivations of Jihadis.” The second reads, “Germany Expects ‘Further Significant Attacks’, Warn Police Chiefs.”
Why are these world leaders, bright to brilliant men and women, confused? What makes them think there could be more attacks? Could it be the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Germany? Is it possible that a truck driving into a Christmas market celebration in Berlin was a clue?
Do memories of Paris suggest that the rest of Europe might be in danger?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, other European leaders and President Obama believe that lone wolves dream up these attacks on their own, uninfluenced by Islamist fanaticism. That does not make it so. Neither does it relevant when those leaders continue to remind us that ISIS is not Islam.
These are the same people now melting down over Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election. They are also the ones who were totally confident in their victory until about five hours before the roof crashed in on them.
Merkel is on the brink of another big wake up call in a few months. With her calm acceptance of the threat of terrorism, she has created her own web of defeat. Just as Brexit and Donald Trump surprised the “experts,” Merkel is on her way to becoming the next victim in the global avalanche for change.
France is very likely close behind.
European Christmas markets are ideal targets for terror. There are masses of people crowded into small spaces with virtually no escape if they are directly in the path of whatever the weapon of the day may be.
People are happy. They are carefree. It is the ultimate soft target.
According to Breitbart, Merkel is still looking for the terrorists’ motivation. The motivation is simple: Islam.
Christmas is an infidel celebration, and the extremists do not like it when infidels are joyous and happy. In the eyes of ISIS, the world is far too serious for laughter.
Of course there will be other attacks in Germany. And in France. And in the United States or anywhere else terrorism can make its ugly imprint upon free societies.
While Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt instructed his fellow Germans to be wary of a 24-year-old Tunisian immigrant, does it not seem logical that others may be planning similar attacks while their comrade seeks asylum from law enforcement?
The West has always been reactive rather than proactive when it comes to terrorism. Extremists succeed because the enemy studies us and knows us better than we know ourselves. The Islamic State has no time for fun and games. Killing non-Muslims is the only sport they know and numbers do not make any difference so long as our dead far out-totals theirs.
Nothing will change until Western leaders and governments recognize the reality of the situation and that it really does exist.
Following the truck attack one German said, “We are at war.”
True enough, but the problem is that someone said those exact words after the Charlie Hebdo attack in France which also produced a solidarity walk by world leaders. Now the walk is over and ISIS has struck again. So much for grand public displays of unity.
Remember the catch phrase at the Democratic National Convention in 2012?: “General motors is alive, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”
Osama is still dead. And so are thousands of other innocent people who have died and are dying because Western leaders continue to stick their heads in the sand.
There will be other attacks. Note the letter ‘S’ at the end of that word. They may come in Germany or elsewhere, but they will come.
And, as usual, they will occur when our guard is down and when we least expect them.
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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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