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Manuel Ochsenreiter is the director of German Center for Eurasian Studies and Editor in Chief of the German news magazine ZUERST!
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Manuel Ochsenreiter: Terrorism must be fought without mercy

Published: December 26, 2016, 11:28 pm

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    “It” eventually happened. What is “it”? The whole German mainstream media and leading politicians didn’t dare to name “it”. At first, they agreed on the term “incident” – some spoke about “accident”. But in reality they all spoke about the horrible terrorist attack against the Berlin Christmas market, that took place at the Breitscheidplatz. It took German chancellor Angela Merkel a whole night until she in a press conference admitted: Yes, it was a terrorist attack.

    Twelve people were killed and almost 50 injured in the so-called “truck-attack” against the Christmas market. The details of this massacre are similar to the ones in the terrorist attack in the French city of Nice, where in summer this year a truck driver mowed down night-time crowds celebrating Bastille Day. He killed at least 84 people and injured scores more, many of them small children.

    Why do German authorities and mainstream media try so hard not to talk about terrorism in Germany? The reasons are obvious: Since the so-called “refugee crisis” appeared in summer 2015, critical journalists and politicians criticized the “open border”-politics of chancellor Merkel and her CDU party. This politics of forced mass migration was, and is, supported even by the opposition – the Greens and huge parts of the Left. Politicians and journalists – even those who are not affiliated with Merkel’s CDU party – use to praise and support her disastrous migration agenda.

    Critics of this politics were demonized, stigmatized and isolated. Politicians of the oppositional AfD party – the only real anti-Merkel opposition in Germany – were physically attacked. Their cars were burned and their offices were destroyed by the so-called “Antifa”, extremist and violent street activists who enjoy silent support from the government as well as the mainstream media. This is the political atmosphere in today’s Germany: Officials seriously discuss how to ban critical opinions from social media and from public debates.

    The pressure is now increasing in Germany. The people demand answers to their questions. How will the government provide security? How safe is our country? In general: What is the plan of our political leadership for the future? Neither Merkel nor the other Bundestag parties have delivered any satisfying answers. Their message is: “Somehow it will go on, somehow police presence will be increased.” The biggest fear of the German government is neither the number of victims of terrorist attacks nor the presence of imported terrorist groups into our country. Their biggest fear is “the rise of the right”, namely increasing public support for the AfD party.

    But what should be the answer of a responsible German government? The only solution is a complete political u-turn:

    • Germany has to stop any support for terrorist groups in foreign countries immediately – for example in Syria. For many years German institutions has supported extremist Islamism in Syria.
    • Germany has to ban all private organizations and institutions supporting terrorists forthwith.
    • German media publishing or broadcasting terrorist propaganda (Aleppo campaign against the Syrian Army) should be held responsible. The government should confiscate the assets of these media houses and use them for reparations in Syria.
    • German journalists spreading war propaganda and expressing their support for terrorists should be held accountable as well.
    • Germany has to lift all sanctions and embargos against all countries who fight terrorism as from today, among them Syria, Russia and Iran.
    • Germany should help countries such as Syria and Libya in their reconstruction and stabilization process as soon as possible.
    • The German government should invite Syrian intel specialists without delay to check the identities of Syrian migrants and support Syrian intel agencies in their anti-terrorist programmes.
    • After these matters are dealt with, Germany should negotiate an agreement with the legal Syrian government for the repatriation of the Syrian refugees to their homeland.
    • The German government should send judicial experts to Damascus in support for the preparation of a war crimes tribunal in the Syrian capital. German law enforcement should hand over German war mongers, financers and propagandists to the Syrian law enforcement.
    • At the same time the German government should take back control of the state borders. When Germany protects its borders there will be no need to protect its Christmas markets.
    • Germany should offer any support to the Eastern European countries for securing the EU borders post-haste. These countries have to be reimbursed for the damage caused by Merkel’s “open border” policy.
    • Germany should start a security partnership with the Russian Federation without wasting another moment and create a continental task force for stability in all neighboring regions.

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    • Left off the above list of solutions: Sweeping roundups and mass deportations / the emptying out of non-German no-go zones by any means necessary.

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