With the world once again gripped by the latest Middle East snafu in which suddenly every Gulf State has found itself in the worst diplomatic crisis with Iran in 30 years which, incidentally, started after Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric in its biggest mass execution yet, unleashing righteous Iranian anger at its action, many have forgotten - if only temporarily - about Europe's biggest crisis at the moment: the onslaught by over one million refugees, who are desperate to escape from the political disaster that are the broken states of Syria and Iraq.
The same migrants who are unwelcome not only across most of Europe, but increasingly more at the country which started the entire migrant exodus in the first place: Germany.
According to AP early on Monday, gun shots were fired at a home for asylum seekers in western Germany and one resident was lightly injured, police said.
The shots were fired at a window of the building in the town of Dreieich at around 2.30 a.m (0130 GMT), and one hit a 23-year-old asylum seeker who was sleeping, according to police in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. He was taken to a hospital, but was able to leave shortly afterward.
An officer of the crime scene investigation unit examine the shattered window glass
of a refugee shelter in Dreieich near Offenbach, Germany, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
AP adds that it wasn't immediately clear who was responsible for the incident or what the motive was. However, Darmstadt prosecutors' spokeswoman Nina Reininger told news agency dpa: "If someone shoots at housing which has people inside, I assume that it is a targeted attack."
That is probably an accurate assumptions; it is also probably accurate to say that now that the German anger has finally spilled out on the street, this will be the first of many such attempts to hurt or even kill refugees. It is therefore, also likely to speculate that these same refugees will preempt future attacks by engaging in comparable attacks of their own.
And that is how wars start.
Police didn't specify the nationality of the injured migrant. Local authorities said 30 people were living in the building and that 15 men — 14 Syrians and an Afghan — were in the part that was fired at.
As reported previously, Germany has een over a million asylum seekers arrive last year; many more are expected this year.