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Sliding towards terrorism

The Local · 11 Oct 2011, 13:18

Published: 11 Oct 2011 13:18 GMT+02:00

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“Decelerating the capital” – that’s one way of putting it. But all the people in Berlin who struggled with train delays on Tuesday, or those unable to get to Hamburg on Monday, would probably consider it an act of terror.

Germany’s capital narrowly escaped a public transport collapse because it was only the incendiary device on a cable shaft on the route to Hamburg that went set off, while the explosive device in the city's main train station itself failed to ignite.

“We have switched a small part of the metropolis to standby-mode,” the group Hekla said cynically in an email claiming responsibility for the attacks. But the group's bombastic political prose won't give these actions relevance.

This time, the ten-year anniversary of the start of the Afghanistan war was used to justify the attacks. At the same time, the group was protesting against child poverty in Berlin, state benefit cuts, and rape - whatever happens to be the complaint of the day.

This is not the first time that we’ve seen how vulnerable Germany's highly technological society is, and how quickly our complex day-to-day routine can be disrupted. We know there can be no 100-percent protection in a country that considers itself a free democracy and not a police state.

But at the same time, we clearly need better prevention measures. We’ve now learned that Deutsche Bahn is only partially equipped to secure Germany’s rail system critical infrastructure, and that there are not enough back-up systems to prevent central signal points from being disabled.

We can expect further attacks on the infrastructure in Berlin, where violent elements in the leftist scene are becoming more and more radicalized. They are no longer discussing whether violence is justified, but how to cope with the threat posed to human life.

In a massive overestimation of their own abilities, the group says this was “prevented to the best of our ability.” But as thorough as this email purports to be, its authors are clearly completely detached from the debates on the established political left. The socialist Left party, and still less the environmentalist Greens, mean nothing to these activists.

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Some leftists have recently condemned the ongoing spate of arson attacks on cars in Berlin, because they are not just targeting the luxury cars, but the Opels of hard-working Berliners. But clearly some elements of the scene is sliding inexorably towards terrorism. They want to make Germany a better place – just as the Baader-Meinhof gang did in the old days.

This commentary was published with the kind permission of Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, where it originally appeared in German. Translation by The Local.

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16:21 October 11, 2011 by derExDeutsche
'Some leftists have recently condemned the ongoing spate of arson attacks on cars in Berlin, because they are not just targeting the luxury cars, but the Opels of hard-working Berliners.'

HUH? Because someone driving a new model Mercedes, that person is not a 'hard working Berliner'.

One thing is for sure, this is not the Baader-Meinhof gang. This is a far larger movement. With time, and more liberal kook teachers and Uni Brotfressers, we should all be alive to see the new Bolsheviks to power. Thanks, Socialism!
16:40 October 11, 2011 by Beachrider
What is with the 'leftist violence' talk? Are the terrorist trying to impart liberal democratic principles or something?

No, they are not. It is just destructive terrorism. There isn't anything 'left' or 'right' about their actions.

There is some bias in reporting it as 'leftist', though.
16:51 October 11, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ Beachrider

But what does democracy matter when people are hungry? when we are not ALL Equal?

Is that a 'Right' or a 'Left' point of view? To me, it sounds like most kids these days. I wonder where they learn it ...
14:56 October 12, 2011 by SchwabHallRocks

To suggest that starvation is causing folks in the West to burn cars is a "left" point of view?.

(We are talking about Berlin and that is in the West, no?)

No, we are not all equal. But 99% (at least in the West)are, and have access to the same opportunities and the ability to achieve those opportunities.
11:56 October 13, 2011 by frankiep
These slime are nothing more than criminals and terrorists and should be treated as such. And what the hell is with that last paragraph at the end about attacking Opels vs. luxury cars. These arrogant leftist ****heads have been indoctrinated and encouraged for too long by their teachers to believe that anyone who dares to have anything more than they do deserves to be terrorized/attacked/killed while they act as the judge and jury. Pathetic, parasitic low-lifes who are no better than the so called greedy and ultra-rich people they claim to hate.
17:54 October 13, 2011 by Frenemy
Most of the above comments are a response to the p!ss-poor English translation of the original German article on Tagesspiegel.

eg. shifting/distorted context:

"Some leftists have recently condemned the ongoing spate of arson attacks on cars in Berlin, because they are not just targeting the luxury cars, but the Opels of hard-working Berliners. But clearly some elements of the scene is sliding inexorably towards terrorism. They want to make Germany a better place ­ just as the Baader-Meinhof gang did in the old days."

(the opinions of the referenced leftists and those of the author/translator are obscured)
13:00 October 14, 2011 by Aravinda perera
Better left than right??? Or am i out of line here?
17:39 October 14, 2011 by Frenemy
Wrong, but not necessarily out of line (at least not from an academic point of view anyway).

Such people are a corrosive element of society (regardless of which extreme end of the political spectrum they happen to identify with)...
21:06 October 14, 2011 by tartanmarine
Time to form some ¦quot;Freikorps¦quot;? In the US, I have been predicting ¦quot;entitlement riots¦quot; because government cannot possible redeem its trillions of dollars in pledges. The Occupy Wall Street protests may be the start. If what I read is correct, Europe is even more over-extended. In his book ¦quot;After America,¦quot; Mary Steyn claims that 1,000 German men now produce 480 sons, while 1,000 Afghan men produce 4,000 sons. The future does not belong to civilization. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

Robert A. Hall

Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic

(All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)

For a free PDF of the book, write tartanmarine(at)gmail.com
02:14 October 15, 2011 by jstar100
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21:10 October 18, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
The tone of the article is fair and balanced - the author condemns these leftists, saying they justify their use of terrorism by any "complaint of the day". I like the sarcasm, but this event shows that in Germany, the left is let off more easily than the right (regardless of the action) which is un-democratic. The NPD isn't allowed to check into a hotel, but leftist are allowed to blow up railways and people's cars and get away with it.

Baader Meinhof killed innocent people with families. But was it just for a plitical agenda? No, I think it was more than that - they killed because they were mentally unstable murderers. It was only luck that that people were spared in this case. And, if this type of behavior is tolerated in Germany, things will only get worse, and people will start getting hurt. It's a real shame. Extremism on EITHER side of the fence is not the answer.
17:14 October 23, 2011 by Doctor Economy
In 1967 bombs were going of in italy. The right blamed the left, but it was discovered that the bombs had been set off by right wingers who had infiltrated left wing circles so as to undermine left wing credibility, hopefully creating an atmosphere of fear so that the government of the day could enforce oppressive laws and remove people's rights. This was exposed during a high profile court case that ultimately destroyed the credibility of the right wing party in power at the time.

Dario Fo, the nobel prize winning italian playwright wrote a play about it called "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist". In the play he says:

"The state will create the environment in which in can demand greater repressive power."

It has been a character trait of old school right wingers to lie, cheat and manipulate public opinion through clandestine campaigns. We all know that Bush stole his first election victory. He was even brazen about it.

There is no way to really know what the political leanings of a "terrorist" are. The real left knows and understands that real change can only be achieved through peaceful resistance. There are hundreds of simple non violent things that can be done to remove undesirable obstacles to human prosperity.

I refuse to allow publications like this one to play such childish games with the human political psyche by pointing fingers without having all the facts, it is simply bad journalism.

But i guess the days of respectable journalism are over.
17:42 October 26, 2011 by xyz_79
Left or Right does not have a place in a world which is moving towards being perfect...People who dwell in hate and violence will need to FEAR for the world does not have a place for them....The gates of the seven HELLS are open for them, but this world ORDER cannot be broken.
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