When the flood of refugees fleeing the war-torn Mid-East began making their way through the Balkans on the way to the German “promised land” and other modern, “civilized” nations, we warned early and often that it wouldn’t be long before reports began to circulate that ISIS and other terrorist groups were sending operatives into Europe disguised as asylum seekers.
On Saturday in “Passport Found Next To Paris Suicide Bomber Belongs To Syrian ‘Political Refugee’ Who Entered Greece,” we recalled our own rather prescient prediction from a couple of months back:
“As the need to ratchet up the fear factor grows, expect more such reports of asylum seekers who have penetrated deep inside Europe, and whose intentions are to terrorize the public. Expect a few explosions thrown in for good effect."
"And since everyone knows by now "not to let a crisis go to waste" the one thing Europe needs is a visceral, tangible crisis, ideally with chilling explosions and innocent casualties. We expect one will be provided on short notice."
Well obviously, we got just that on Friday in Paris. Shortly thereafter we also got the missing link, as a passport found next to the body (parts) of one of the bombers was found to belong to a Syrian refugee who allegedly entered through Greece. Here’s what we had to say about that development:
Now, we admit to not being experts on the nuances, or even basics, of "suicide bombing for terrorists 101", but is bringing your own passport to an event that will be your last, really that crucial, especially when the passport is such a critical smoking gun?
Also, if a suicide bomber blows up while carrying the passport, does the passport survive intact every single time or just on specific occasions?
And then earlier today, reports began to trickle in that the passport in question was almost certainly a forgery.
Whatever the case, it will invariably be good enough for the public and for any opportunistic politicians looking to use the tragedy to their advantage by calling for the heads (figuratively speaking of course) of any incumbents who support an open-door refugee policy.
Sure enough, on Sunday we learn that Bavarian lawmakers are calling for an end to Angela Merkel's accommodative migrant stance in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's Reuters:
Bavarian allies cranked up pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday to reverse her "open-door" refugee policy, saying the deadly attacks in Paris underlined the need for tougher measures to control the influx of migrants.
"The days of uncontrolled immigration and illegal entry can't continue just like that. Paris changes everything," Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
His comments came after Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer, leader of Merkel's sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), urged better protection of Germany's frontier and called for stricter controls at Europe's external borders.
"The CSU stands behind the chancellor, but it would be good if Angela Merkel acknowledged that the opening of the border for an unlimited period of time was a mistake," Soeder said.
The Bavarian security cabinet is expected to meet later on Sunday to discuss steps in the wake of the Paris attacks, in which the Foreign Ministry said one German citizen was among those killed.
And although Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel uged officials to be careful about making "hasty links" between Paris and refugees, it likely won't matter:
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence services also sounded the alarm, calling for "orderly procedures" regarding the handling of the daily entry of thousands of refugees and warning extremists could exploit the sometimes chaotic migration situation.
Yes, "extremists" like "Ahmed Almohamed", who may be a terrorist, or maybe not, or may not even exist:
For her part, Merkel says she sees no reason to alter her stance on asylum seekers. We can only imagine how many Germans will turn out for the PEGIDA rallies going forward.
(a sign from a rally held last month)
And for those of wondering what Hollande's "act of war" comments mean for Germany, the tabloids will give you a hint:
From Bild: "Do we now have to go to war?"