Terror in Germany

When many Americans think of terrorism, they think of plots against Americans carefully planned by evil middle eastern extremists. However, terrorism is a world-wide problem. Germany is one of many countries always on the watch for potential terrorist threats… and for good reason.

In 2006, two bombs were hidden in suitcases and placed on regional trains heading for the cities of Koblenz and Dortmund. Luckily, the bombs ended up not exploding due to faulty construction techniques but this event raised awareness of Germany’s vulnerability to terrorist attacks. Since then, Deutschland has increased its ability to infilitrate suspect groups and has also raised the extent which it monitors internet activity.

Germany’s Interior Ministry has stated that since the beginning of the year, threats to Germany from Al-Qaeda  and other Islamist organizations have increased to a whole new level.

Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maiziere, has confirmed that the ministry has received concrete indications of not just one, but a whole series of attacks planned for the end of November. With security already at a heightened level, the German government is taking these threats very seriously. Hopefully, Germany’s government will succeed in putting a stop to any and all plots to harm their citizens.

6 thoughts on “Terror in Germany

  1. It’s very interesting to see how other nations are reacting to the threat of terrorism, and I think Germany is addressing it in a very positive and proactive manner. I am glad to see that, unlike the US, the threat of terror is not being overly sensationalized and that the government is taking a realistic approach in keeping its citizens informed. It is also interesting to see how Germany’s neighbors are reacting to the potential threat, specifically the Czech Republic. According to an ABC news article, they fear being a “transit country” for potential attacks on Germany and fear that Berlin may be targeted in the near future. All of this definitely serves to reinforce many of the negative effects that US involvement in the Middle East has had upon the world

  2. > Hopefully, Germany’s government will succeed in
    > putting a stop to any and all plots to harm
    > their citizens.

    Maybe they should start by removing the requirement “must have intellectual capacity of a boiled potato” from the German police entrance form.
    And then, there is one other little thing: It was the germ Government itself who endangered the lives of it’s citizens by sending this bunch of poorly trained clowns thay call their “Army” to Afghanistan in the first place.
    But if you go to war, you go to war. If the competition strikes back in the process, well, that’s a part of the business, isn’t it?

  3. Finally Europe understands the United States paranoia regarding terrorism. I have personally traveled several times through the city of Koblenz, and this article hits especially close to home on two counts. As controversial as it may seem, I think a large part of the increased risk of terror threats in Germany and Europe in general originates in the lack of integration of minority population. In the United States, we are face terror threats often planned overseas and activated via small cells planted in our country. On the other hand, in Europe, the large minority populations expedite the process of carrying out attacks, as the threats often have domestic origins with some outside influence possible. Despite the differences, I think there are enough similarities that the European nations and the United States can benefit from working together to advance security technology and overall prevention.

  4. I think it is good that the German government is being so proactive about the terror threats. With such large amounts of public transport systems, it is important that the government works to make the public feel secure. While many officials say that there is no need for panic it seems that many civilians react with either fear or disinterest. Students at Highschool levels and lower showed relative disinterest accourding to the Sueddeutsche Newspaper, but other groups are comparing the threats to something that could become worse than the RAF in 1977. While citizens all have opinions that differ, most politicians seem to think that the correct actions have been taken and there is no need for a policy change.

  5. Terrorism does not effect the U.S. alone. It is now and has always been on a global scale. Airport security is not enough. Every form of transportation can be the target of a terrorist attack. It is good that Germany is increasing their security and hopefully all of the EU nations will do the same. It will probably be difficult to secure for example every train station in Germany, because there are so many. So a terrorist attack on a train may be difficult to stop. However with technology and increased man-power this obstacle may be overcome.

  6. I’m glad this article calls attention to the terror threats in Germany, I think that a lot of people don’t realize how serious of a problem it is all over the world; virtually all of Europe is a potential target. With all of the outcry and attention on the increased transportation security in America, it is interesting to see how other nations are reacting. After Germany announced the terror threat Wednesday, government officials have been discussing the need for new laws and policies to increase national security. Some organizations have suggested public surveillance and technology and data surveillance. Some, like the CDU, see no need for policy changes. Even though there are many differing opinions on what should be done to address worldwide terrorism threats, more and more national security is coming to the forefront of politics worldwide.

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