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No new signs of looming terror attack, Berlin interior minister says

The Local · 8 Dec 2010, 08:56

Published: 08 Dec 2010 08:56 GMT+01:00

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However, he stressed that the country could not yet relax its current state of alert.

“With each day that the threat potential passes without the actual threat eventuating, the situation relaxes a little. But the period of fear is not yet over,” he told broadcaster ARD on Wednesday morning.

At the same time, he said there were no fresh signs of a planned attack, three weeks after German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière explained that there were “concrete” indications that Islamic extremists were planning an imminent attack on German soil.

“We have no immediate signs of a possible terrorist in Germany,” Körting said.

Everyone involved in dealing with the terrorism threat had been clear that “one had only a chance, but not a certainty,” of an attack when the sources’ motives may be murky, he said.

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The interior minister for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Karl Peter Bruch, warned on Monday against having the terror alert go on for too long on the grounds that people could become complacent about future warnings.

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14:39 December 8, 2010 by ngwanem
An anecdote to start with:

A Persian called Nasreddeen was once challenged by his friend Musa to con him. Musa had boasted nobody could fool him because he was resilient to tricks. Nasreddeen then told Musa to wait at the marketplace for him, he would go home and fetch an unbeatable trick . Musa stood in wait until midday - but no sight of Nasreddeen! People passed by and asked what was he doing. "I'm waiting for Nasreddeen to come over and trick me," he said, already sweating from the heat. He continued waiting until it was sunset and Nasreddeen had not returned.

A wise old man approached Musa and whispered in his ear.

"Go home young man, if you haven't realized yet. Nasreddeen tricked you - you have been to made to wait for eternity"

The terrorists are surely laughing out their lungs by terrorizing Germany to be on high terror alert. People always think terrorism must always involve violence, they forget the fear factor. While it is good to be cautious, it is foolhardy to claim no looming terror in sight - we have already been terrorized with the alert!
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