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Germany fails to recognize origin of terror as Muslim refugees take part in terror attacks

Updated on December 23, 2017

The roots of terror

Germany is beset by terror attacks. In the last week at least 4 attacks by Muslims have taken place and many are killed. There is, however, a marked reluctance to identify religion and extremism, in particular, right from Angela Merkel, the Germans fail to identify Islam as the source of these terror attacks. One reason could be the realization that by inducting a million Muslim refugees into Germany, the authorities would not like to antagonize the Muslims further by identifying Islam as a source of terror. It's like the proverbial ostrich in the desert sands of Australia, who buries his head in the sand thinking the storm will blow over and nothing will happen.

the above analogy is correct to a degree as Germany is at its wits end in combating lone wolf terror attacks.The attack on the supermarket in Munich and the killings on the train by a young Afghan teen are symptoms of the rise of extremism in Germany among the Muslim migrants. Earlier on New Year's eve, many German women were molested. I am afraid when the Germans inducted nearly one million refugees into Germany, this was not expected by the Angela Merkel government.

The German dilemma

Germany inducted Muslim refugees into its borders in the fond hope that they will supply cheap labor. Western Europe is plagued by labor shortage due to declining birth rates. The fond hope of the German leadership has come to naught as these Muslims are not integrating with the German ethos and culture. I wonder how the Germans thought that this assimilation will take place as Islam nowhere in the world has assimilated with local conditions/culture.

A look at the Muslims from India to France will show that this is true. In India, the Muslims refuse to sing the national song "Vande Mataram" and insist on the Sharia as the hallmark of their personal law. That means triple divorce and multiple wives. In France and Germany teh fond hope of integration with European customs is belied as at many places groups have been formed that propagate the Islamic view of life.

It has been left to Donald Trump to identify the problem. He has singled out France and Germany as soft states which have to bear the brunt of Islamic violence as they allowed thousands into their borders without proper vetting and verification. Donald is clear that he will not allow this in the USA and Muslim citizens from both France and Germany will have to bear scrutiny to enter the USA.

Having got a fifth column inside it, the German police and interior minister are going out of their way to state that the attackers acted as lone wolfs and had no connection with the Islamic state. This is an attempt to lull the masses who are perturbed at the influx of refugees from the Middle East and resultant terror attacks.

The future

President Obama had congratulated Angela Merkel on absorbing the Muslim refugees. He himself is in the same boat as he has failed to identify Islam as a source of terror. In fact on a visit to America, the French President Hollande in a speech had used the word "Islamic terror". The white house in a press release removed the word Muslim, though later the word was reinstated.

Angela Merkel must be wondering what has gone wrong. The fact is she woefully miscalculated, the effect of a militant Islam. I will agree that the vast majority of Muslims do not want to take part in terror activities, but a fringe minority is capable of wreaking terrible retribution. Germany will have to learn to live with Islamic militancy.

Perhaps these terror attacks have fueled the rise of Trump, who has not minced his words. The American masses for long brought up in an atmosphere of what is correct political have voted in Trump in the primaries. Win or lose the effect of Trump will live a long time.

In the meantime, Angela Merkel must be wondering what went wrong. She now has her hands full with a million refugees in Germany. Cheap labor has no meaning as religious leaders in the Middle East exploit the gullible refugees. Angela has opened a can of worms and one wonders how she will solve this problem.


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      Madan 20 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Chriss for your comment. I hope you are right but my perception after visiting Germany is that the Germans need labor because of low birth rate and aging population. Angela Merkel badly miscalculated as she was not aware of the rigidity of Islam. They will never integrate.

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      CHRIS57 20 months ago from Northern Germany

      Ran over this article and would like to comment.

      I am a little bit surprised about the emphasis on cheap labour. My perception here in Germany is totally different. Basic driver for immigration and refugee acceptance is imho the aging population issue. Young people are needed, yes - but not for cheap (and unqualified) labour. Germany has a high performance and very competitive economy, that requires skilled, educated and productive work force.

      So now there is more discussion in Germany going on in how to teach and educate the people coming. Certainly there is uneasiness about muslim reluctance to integrate and assimilate, leading to new parties and movements like the AfD or Pegida. But again: educate people, remove ignorance and terror will fade.

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      Madan 21 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Yes Catherine, you are right. However you can't stop refugees as you need cheap labor. It's like a catch 22 situation

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      Catherine Giordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

      The search for cheap labor often brings unintended consequences. I don't think all refuges should be blamed for the actions of a violent few. Most are just trying to live and raise their families in peace. However, the host countries must make greater efforts to assimilate refugees or stop accepting them.