Russia Today is reporting that “Any foreigner suspected of aiding terrorist or extremist groups will be banned from entering Russia, according to a new bill prepared by lawmakers representing parliamentary majority party United Russia. “. It is to hope that other countries will adopt similiar laws.
In Germany we are unluckily going into the opposite direction:
German newspapers and television started calling terrorist groups rebels or insurgents! As an example Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front which is nothing else but al-Qaeda in Syria) is one of the main terror groups active in East Ghuta, near Damascus.
Just as a reminder: al-Qaeda is one of the major and most ruthless terror groups in the world. They were responsible for the January 2015 attack in Paris killing 17 and wounding 22 and the March 2004 attack in Madrid killing 191 and injuring more than 1800.
Could you imagine the news calling these terror attacks “Islamic rebels attack Paris” or “Islamic insurgents uprising in Madrid” ? I cannot!
The Global Terrorism Database is stating the first terror attack of the IS on French soil happened in November 2015 (Bataclan attack) while the coalition lead by France intervening into the civil war in Iraq and Syria started their military interventions against the IS in September 2014. A second coalition force lead by the US also started in September 2014 and a Russian/Iranian coalition fighting the IS was set up in September 2015.
In this perspective the terror attacks commited by the IS in the European Union that followed the military interventions into the civil war can be seen as retaliation using terrorism as a mean of assymetric warfare.
While until recently the IS was focusing its resources on defending their territorial claims in Syria and Iraq they are currently nearing a military defeat. The question is now on how they are going to react on this.
Is the IS going to transform and move on to rely on terrorism as their sole way of warfare ?
Are we going to suffer of more and more violent terror attacks in the European Union ?
Politics and public television in Germany once more ignore an important part of the aftermath of the Berlin terror attack in Dec 2016:
Astrid Passin, representing the victims and relatives of the 2016 Berlin terror attack at Breitscheidplatz was first invited to a pre-election TV show featuring Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. A few hours before the TV event she was called by the ZDF (Second German Television) cancelling her participation.
Mrs. Passin is commenting this as following: “I think that my questions would have been too uncomfortable for them”
Link to Berliner Morgenpost Article
Link to The Guardian Article
As often mentioned in news reports about terror attacks also this attack has been committed using a so called “improvised explosive device” (IED).
Here is a short definition (Wikipedia) of what an IED is:
“An improvised explosive device is a bomb fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles.”