In the aftermath of last week's latest tragic killing in Munich, in an attempt to redirect mounting public anger away from the perpetrator in particular, and from refugees in general, Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said, incredulously, that the recent attacks in Germany "are unrelated to Merkel's refugee policy." That this speech took place just before an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up also in Germany was awkward. But what was worse is that while Maiziere urged people not to panic, adding "naturally people are concerned and are questioning whether they should change their routines", he hinted at the next step, stating that the "German army could play a domestic role in special cases."
It now appears that whether accidentally or intentionally, obtaining tacit approval to roll out the army during a "crisis", is precisely what Germany was pursuing.
As RT reports, officials in Germany are considering deploying the army inside the country in the wake of multiple attacks, while the governor of Bavaria says Islamic terror has already “arrived.”
Why the dramatic change in tone, and the admission the radical Islam has arrived, something Merkel would not even consider as recently as a few months ago? The answer: to push the "unexpected" army agenda.
“Each attack, each act of terrorism, is one too many. Islamist terrorism has arrived in Germany,” Horst Seehofer, the governor of the German state of Bavaria, told reporters on Tuesday. The official gave a joint news conference with Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Hermann, following a summit of the local government, where security issues dominated the agenda.
Last week, the country’s southern regions, including Bavaria, were shaken by four assaults, three of which were perpetrated by migrants. Officials in Germany are investigating two of the incidents as potentially linked to or inspired by Islamist extremism. Others confirmed that the Islamist threat has officially arrived.
Earlier, following the violence, Bavaria’s justice minister, Winfried Bausback, also claimed that Islamist terror has “arrived in Germany,” stressing that the country should “take that into account.”
During Tuesday’s press conference, Seehofer said Germany is facing “a new dimension of terror,” while Bavaria’s interior minister announced that the state’s police ranks would be increased. Hermann also suggested that Germany’s army (Bundeswehr) could be used to aid police in dealing with major terror threats. The debate over whether to deploy the Bundeswehr domestically should not wait “until the next attack happens,” he stressed, as quoted by General-Anzeiger. Lawmakers in Berlin are also discussing the possibility of establishing “troops of reservists” to aid police during internal crisis situations, German media outlet Bild reported, citing its own sources.
Suddenly, a pattern emerges: more attacks, more admissions that militant Islam has penetrated Italy, more calls for army deployment. Almost as if on schedule.
It gets better.
In July, Germany approved its new military roadmap, the White Paper, which allows for the use of the German army inside the country in cases of large-scale terror attacks.
Officials in Germany are now also pushing for greater controls and screenings for asylum seekers. “We need to know who is in our country,” Seehofer said on Tuesday, insisting that the authorities should now consider various ways dealing with refugees that commit crimes.
Well that's odd, next thing you know Germany will hire Trump as a immigration consultant.
“You have to seriously consider how such people should be treated if they violate laws or pose a threat,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung, adding that the country cannot retreat from terror out of a sense of “prudence.”
Meanwhile, Bavaria’s interior minister went a step further, suggesting that refugees lacking ID’s must be “stopped at the border,” while migrants already in the country should be re-checked. “A deportation into a war zone should not be taboo as well,” Hermann said, referring to criminal refugees.
Bavaria’s governor and interior minister are now waiting for the German government to take action, stating that the “people’s concerns” should be addressed.
As noted above, Thomas de Maiziere tried to calm emotions somewhat (even if also hinting at the use of the army) following the attacks, saying that refugees “should not be put under general suspicion.”
In reaction, German MP Armin Schuster said: “We need a deportation culture,” as quoted by Stuttgarter Zeitung. “Some people get a feeling they can do whatever they want,” he added, slamming Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy towards migrants.
In the meantime, another MP and member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU), Volker Kauder, has also advocated for deportation processes to be sped up. “Criminals should be convicted faster and, where there is a legal possibility, deported,” he said, as quoted by Die Zeit.
Regulating the migrant influx was flagged as a “major task” for Germany in the latest poll conducted by market research company GFK, in which 83% of respondents said they are “concerned” by the number of refugees in Germany – double the figure from last year’s report.
It was unclear how many respondents were willing to concede their civil rights and allow the government to roll out the army during any event it considers a crisis, however we are confident that with more such attacks, the number will rise.