For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe…
“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” [a] newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry – as saying…
The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.
However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying…
Germany’s Defence Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.
Analyst Comment: For months, Pentagon and Homeland Security officials have warned that as the Islamic State is pushed out of previously-held territory in Iraq and Syria, Europe and potentially the US could experience increased attacks. It’s about remaining relevant — that’s one explanation of the brutality of the Islamic State’s executions because they remain in the news cycle. But as they lose ground, they fear becoming less relevant. So how do you remain relevant and stay in the news, thus causing fear in the West? Direct or inspire attacks in Europe or the US. But that’s nothing new.
Given that the German government is organizing its first civil defense plan since the Cold War, it’s clear that it fears the potential for widescale attacks in the future. German Federal elections will be held next year, so it could be that the BND is expecting an attempt to disrupt elections. Or perhaps they fear a swarm attack, similar to the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Or perhaps the German government fears systems disruption during a NATO-Russia conflict.
After Brexit and a host of terror attacks, some European leaders are warning that the European Union will eventually break up, and European nations could wind up in civil wars, either against themselves or Muslim populations. France, for instance, has had 14 terror attacks in the past two years, resulting in over 800 casualties (240 killed, 600 injured). On Thursday, French President Hollande created the French National Guard to help respond to terror attacks. The force of 15,000 reserve soldiers will be available this summer to deal with attacks. And German Chancellor Angel Merkel echoed a similar desire to curb terrorism when she warned that: “Tens of thousands of people of fighting age who haven’t been properly registered are in our country. Of many of them, the state neither knows their proper name, nor their right age, nor their current place of residence.” Merkel also admitted that Germany was now in “a struggle, or a war, if you like” with the Islamic State.
The situation in Germany, France, the UK, Sweden and much of Europe is dire. The people are losing faith in their leaders to protect Europe from terror attacks while their government continues to import Islamic immigrants by the tens of thousands. The next French presidential election is the spring of 2017, followed by the German federal elections in the fall. Given that Hollande and Merkel have both enabled Islamic terror in Europe by being refugee- and immigrant-friendly, and they both are losing support of members of their own parties, we may see Europe continue to turn to the right next year. If leaders buckle down on Muslim populations, then Europe likely faces igniting additional resentment which will increase radicalization, which will lead to more terror attacks that could spiral into a civil war.
Organizing a civil defense plan is another data point in a string of European nations preparing to deal with a large scale problems regarding terrorism and it’s likely that they expect to have far worse problems in the future. – SC
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