I honestly don’t know what to say about this. Another van has plowed into another crowd of pedestrians in Europe. Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing ‘at least 13’
A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured.
As for why I feel at a loss… nothing seems to change.
While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.
Does anyone expect any of this to stop any time soon?
Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News
The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.
Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out
Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.
Maybe it wouldn’t help. But I think they need to try something new. ‘They shouted ‘this is for Allah’, as they stabbed indiscriminately’ – How the London terror attack unfolded
A speeding van crashed into people on London Bridge. Then 3 men with long (10 inch) knives went on a stabbing spree.
The van came to a halt on the south side of the bridge but it wasn’t the end of the carnage. Three men wielding knives 10 inches long began attacking passersby, even entering at least one restaurant to attack Saturday night diners.
Authorities aren’t sure of the casualty list yet. (Some people may have jumped into the Thames river to avoid the van.)
When things like this happen, the police are not there in force. As they say, “When seconds count, police are minutes away.” Maybe getting the Brits defend themselves with firearms is impossible. Maybe they just can’t see that in the instant of an attack, there is no system to rely on. But they are living a defenseless victim zone and that is certainly not working.
Venezuela is starting to look like broken state. And in the death throes they are doing things – probably that they believe will strike at the West. (Or at least some of them want to strike at us.) Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says | Fox News
10,000 people are a lot of people, and probably a lot of them are good people just running for the exits in a bad situation. But if even a tiny minority of them are bad actors, then that is a major problem.
“Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,” said [Former director of Venezuela’s Office of Identification, Migration and Foreigners ] Medrano, who currently resides in the United States.
“They can be anywhere in the world, traveling with Venezuelan documentation,” adding that the number of Middle Eastern individuals with irregular Venezuelan documentation could be much larger.
And apparently there is a guy in Venezuela that’s been tied to Hezbollah, to the chances that some of thoose 10,000 people are bad actors is not zero.
The 19th of December, 2016 was for Germany, a bit like 9/11 was for the USA. Before that date, they were mostly in an “It can’t happen here,” state of denial. Berlin Attack: “An Attack is Expected” | ZEIT ONLINE
Zeit produces long articles, and this no exception, but it is an interesting look at how the German federal system works – or in this case didn’t work.
The German authorities knew a lot about the Tunisian Anis Amri. Actually, almost everything. Nevertheless, shortly before Christmas he was able to commandeer a truck in Berlin and kill twelve people.
A total of 56 people were injured in that attack, and some of them are still in hospitals.
How the police in various states (Lands in the German parlance) knew about Amri, and yet didn’t manage to stop him, in the face of crimes committed, false statements made to authorities and more. He was identified as a threat, at least by one police department, and yet nothing was done.
As for that denial…
With the Berlin attack, a phase of relative comfort came to an end in the Federal Republic. While bombs exploded in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and Belgium, and terrorists shot or ran down people down with trucks, Germany was until then spared major Islamist attacks.
Europe is in deep yogurt, but they seem to be digging themselves out. Slowly. 14 arrests after major anti-terror raids in Austria – The Local
“As part of an ongoing investigation into suspected membership of a terrorist organisation (‘Isis’) a coordinated operation planned for some time took place involving 800 officers,” Graz prosecutors said.
A total of 14 people were arrested in several cities.