Three Youths Attack German Couple. Authorities Baffled.

Use Joe Pesci’s accent from My Cousin Vinny when pronouncing the title to this post. Oberbürgermeister Kelch entsetzt nach Messerattacke Or “Mayor Kelch horrified after knife attack” If you open the link in Chrome, Google will offer to translate it for you.

The 3 Syrian youths wanted to enter an establishment on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße ahead of the couple, and insisted that the woman “respect” them. She refused, and they became violent.

The authorities can’t think of a reason why this would happen. The attackers are 14, 15, and 17. (Translation courtesy of Google, so it needs work.)

Two of them attacked the man and tried to bring him down. Another from the group drew a knife. At this point, a brave passer-by intervened and came to the aid of the man. “The man has prevented by his courageous help worse,” says [police spokeswoman] Ines Filohn.

The mayor goes on to issue some platitudes about the rule of law, and how attacks like this are disgusting. They are, but I have the feeling Germany will be seeing more of them, before they see less.

Being juveniles they were turned back over to their legal guardians. The 14-year-old is already known to police as a violent individual.

In general, attacks by foreign citizens seem to be increasing in recent times . “At least that’s the perceived perception,” says Ines Filohn. “For exact numbers, however, we must wait for the evaluation of the crime statistics, which we have in the spring,” said the police spokeswoman.

That last is a fairly amazing admission, given everything going on in German politics at the moment. (And I love the translation. “Perceived perception?” It is all the fault of a bunch of circumstantial circumstances.)

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Germany, Immigrants and Crime

There goes the narrative. German study links increased crime rate to migrant arrivals.

While there is some hand-waving at the result – reporting bias, etc. – they really don’t pull too many punches.

According to the study, which was conducted by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and paid for by Germany’s Ministry of Family Affairs, police witnessed an increase of 10.4 percent in reported violent crimes in 2015 and 2016. More than 90 percent of the increase (not of total violent crimes) was said to be attributable to migrants.

They even break down the lawlessness by country of origin.

You could never get this off the ground in the US, not with the Social Justice Warriors screaming at you.

Who Was it that Said “zero-to-jackboots time lower than just about anybody on the planet?”

Found this while reading up on the knife attack in Hamburg, Germany. Eastern German gym bans ethnic minorities from joining – out of fear of terrorists – The Local

I wouldn’t say that this is where it begins, but this is where it comes into focus. At least for me. We’ll have to see how the whole thing plays out.

It was Tam who wrote the quote that appears in the title. I wish I could write that kind of thing.

Politicians Passing the Buck: German Edition

In an election year could it be any other way? Germany’s G20 blame game – POLITICO

A city with a LONG history of Leftist/anti-capitalist violence is chosen as the place for the G20 to meet. What could go wrong?

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is blaming Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU), usually characterized as conservatives, the police are blaming the politicians.

Only the CDU seems to be blaming the folks who actually perpetrated the violence.

The police response is still one I am struggling to understand.

The police, struggling to explain how they failed to bring roughly 1,500 left-wing hooligans under control despite the presence of more than 20,000 officers, blamed politicians across the spectrum.

“What happened is exactly what I and many colleagues predicted,” said Jan Reinecke, a senior Hamburg police union official, suggesting the political class had turned a deaf ear to their concerns.

Were they told to stand down? Were the rules of engagement such that their hands were tied? Or were they just worried about the optics of the situation? (Jack boots, etc.)

Violent and sexual crimes rose in Germany in 2016

German Crime Stats: I wonder if they are as cooked as the British stats used to be. Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports – The Local

Of the violent offences recorded, cases of murder, homicide and voluntary euthanasia rose by 14.3 percent, reaching 2,400 cases, according to Bild. Rape and sexual assault increased by 12.8 percent to more than 7,900 cases. Hundreds of women reported sexual attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015-16 in cities like Cologne, mainly by groups of North African men.

The Bureaucratic Failures that Lead to the Attack on a German Christmas Market

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.

Germany Is Happy to Have the US Continue to Fund the Bulk of NATO

Because that’s the way we’ve always done it. Germany balks at Tillerson call for more European NATO spending | Reuters

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it was neither “reachable nor desirable” for Germany to spend the agreed NATO target of two percent of member states’ economic output on defense. NATO allies have until 2024 to do that.

And they say they’re worried that we aren’t serious about the alliance. But if they were serious, they would meet their funding obligations.