Another Terror Attack. No Guns Needed

Where is the outcry against delivery trucks? Vehicles as weapons: Muenster crash part of a deadly trend – CNN

This time, it was in Muenster, Germany, where police said several people were killed and at least a dozen seriously injured Saturday after a delivery truck slammed into people.
Authorities are treating the incident as a deliberate attack, according to a police spokeswoman.

Since they have few details about the attack in Muenster, Germany, they provide a list of all the vehicle attacks over the past few years.

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It Seems Germany Is Ignoring Antisemitism Because Muslims (or Political Correctness)

Don’t want to be called a xenophobe/prejudiced against immigrants. Merkel′s CDU urges mandatory reporting of anti-Semitism in schools

So they are ignoring bullying in German schools because it is Muslims targeting Jews.

Kauder’s comments came after nation-wide outrage when a little Jewish girl was bullied for months on end by her Muslim classmates in Berlin.

And while that case got a lot of press, it isn’t the only instance.

The case brought many similar cases out of the woodwork, with the director of Human Rights Watch in Germany accusing authorities of “burying their heads in the sand.”

Truth Is Finally In the Light

After years of denial, the truth about the travesty that Germany (and the rest of Europe) is becoming comes to light. Angela Merkel admits that ‘no-go zones’ exist in Germany | Fox News

Conservatives and populists have long warned of the existence of such zones as the partial consequence of mass Muslim migration from the Middle East and Africa, particularly after Merkel opened Germany’s borders in 2015 as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Such areas are said to be dogged by high-levels of crime and are described as “no-go zones” because outsiders, including police and other authorities, are unable to enter.

Now that Merkel has won what is probably the last election of her life, the truth can’t hurt her too much. Before now, she has comfortably lied to Europe and the world about what is happening.

And You Thought American Politics Were Screwed Up

German politics are way more screwed up than ours right now. And that is saying something.

Germany held elections on September 24th of last year. They still don’t have a government. The SPD (center-left party) is voting by mail to decide if they should join another “grand coalition” with Angel Merkel’s CDU/CSU party block in forming a government. The 400,000 some odd members are not too happy since the leadership said they wouldn’t join a coalition – and then they did. The leadership is meanwhile arguing about whether they need to listen to people. Of course this is why the SPD has had its worst election result in decades. SPD ‘has no plan’ if members reject Merkel coalition deal.

If there is no coalition, then there will either be a minority government (which won’t outlast the first no-confidence vote, and people are not confident), or there will be new elections. There is probably a betting pool and odds somewhere.

To show the nature of the change, consider that CDU and SPD had support from 90% of the population in 1970s. That is down to about 49 percent, and falling. That is like the Democrats and Republicans losing half the House and Senate to the Greens and Libertarians. And others.

On the subject of NATO, Germany still can’t get its act together. Germany grand coalition clash: CDU and SPD in furious NATO row

Germany signed a non-agreement to spend 2 percent of their GDP on the military. Currently they are spending about 1.2 percent. The ink wasn’t dry on the 2 percent document before they started walking it back.

Mr Roettgen, conservative head of the foreign affairs committee in parliament, told Reuters in an interview that Germany could and should increase military spending to around 1.4 percent or 1.5 percent of economic output by the end of the next four-year legislative period, up from around 1.2 percent now.

And they need to do something, because the Bundeswehr (and perhaps particularly the Deutsche Marine) is in a bad way. Lacking in materiel and manpower, the German Military isn’t quite falling apart, but they aren’t exactly in fighting trim, either. And for 60 years – or more – they’ve been able to ignore military spending because the USA was always ready to carry the freight. (And we probably still are, but as the largest economy in Europe, a lot of people think they should be doing more to pay-their-own way and not be a freeloader.)

Armed Self-defense: German Edition

I know, it’s from a month ago, but how often do you see an armed self-defense story from Europe? Überfallener Juwelier schießt auf bewaffneten Räuber OR Ambushed Jeweler shoots at Armed Robber (Chrome should offer to translate, or there are the Bing and Google translators.)

So a 27-year-old goes into the shop and pulls out a gun.

The shopkeeper immediately drew a pistol and fired at the man several times. The suspect was hit in the upper body, left the store and dragged himself to a pharmacy about 600 meters away, where he collapsed badly injured. There he was provided first aid by the staff.

The would be bad-guy is in hospital, recovering from surgery.

The story doens’t have a happy ending however, as the shopkeeper – the son of the owner – has apparently gotten himself crosswise with the convoluted weapons laws in Germany.

Berlin is becoming a more dangerous place and more people are applying for a small weapons license. But they have to beg the .gov for the ability to defend themselves.

German military procurement is “one hell of a complete disaster.”

Remember when Trump accused NATO allies of not pulling their weight in the treaty organization? They aren’t. German Navy experiences “LCS affect” in spades as new frigate fails sea trials | Ars Technica

The German Navy has a lot of problems right now. It has no working submarines, in part because of a chronic repair parts shortage. The Deutsche Marine is still flying helicopters older than their pilots—the Sea Lynx entered service in 1981, and the Sea King in 1969—and has long-delayed their replacement. And now the service is facing problems with its newest ships so severe that the first of the class failed its sea trials and was returned to the shipbuilders in December.

Now a ship failing sea trials is most definitely NOT the fault of the NAVY. (Though this is a new design, and that may be the fault of the navy.) But not having any operational submarines due to lack of parts is a logistical problem, and probably has a budgetary cause – as in the politicians don’t want to pay for defense. As witnessed by the age of the helicopters flying off frigates and destroyers.

Of course the problems are not limited to the Deutsche Navy, they are just buying really large items. German military is falling behind, and the US is putting it on notice – Business Insider

A few of things that are wrong:

  • Helicopter pilot training has been outsourced to a private company – most of the Bundeswehr helicopters are out of commission.
  • Only 95 of 244 Leopard 2 tanks are in service.
  • Only 29 of 93 commissioned fighter jets are combat-ready. (Only 66 are operational)
  • In recent NATO war games they were forced to disguise broomsticks as machine guns to hide the fact that they don’t have enough equipment.

Things haven’t been getting better the past 4 years.

All these problems are hurting recruiting. (Gee, you think?) Even German politicians are beginning to bring some heat.

“We should not develop the reputation of being one of the world’s best freeloaders,” Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Germany’s former envoy to Washington said.

I don’t believe that the current government of Germany (Angel Merkel was finally able to get a coalition government formed 6 months after the election) will be able to do anything like increase defense spending. Certainly not to the 2% of GDP level that was in an agreement.

3 Men – Not Speaking German – Attack German Mother Walking With Stroller

You won’t find any mention in the English language press. 29-Jährige Mutter mit Kinderwagen von drei Sex-Tätern überfallen – TAG24 or (in English) 29-Year-Old Mother With Stroller Attacked By Three Sex Offenders. (If you open the link above in Chrome, the browser will offer to translate.)

Forget mentions in the English/American press, you won’t see ethnicity attributed in any press. Angel Merkel is STILL trying to form a government. (The election in Germany was on the 24th of September. 4 months – they should admit defeat and have another election.)

Simply shocking: A 29-year-old mother was on Wednesday morning with her one and a half year old child on a dirt road in the district of Höchst in the direction of Hartz on the road, when she was attacked by three men.

The media organization goes to pains to keep one thing secret – though not their “shock” at the nature of the attack.

The perpetrators were 25 to 30 years old and between 1.80 and 1.85 meters tall, slim and all dressed in black. They had a dark complexion and spoke in a foreign language.

This being the extremely multicultural and PC Germany of the 21st Century, I can’t think what that really means. Can you? [Hat Tip]