The latest attacks in France and in Germany are part of IS’s strategy to provoke an anti-Muslim backlash in European countries, so as to radicalise more European Muslims. And European leaders’ warmongering rethoric is helping it.
“Our country is at war,” said French President Francois Hollande on 26 July, after a priest was murdered near Rouen in front of his congregation by two attackers who claimed to be serving Islamic State (IS). It’s the sort of thing leaders feel compelled to say at times like this, but it does send the wrong message.
French aircraft are already bombing IS forces in Syria, so you could call that a sort of war. But that was not what Hollande was talking about. He was saying France is somehow at war at home, and went on to say “Our democracy is the target, and it will be our shield. Let us stand together. We will win this war.” Continue reading
In Ansbach, Bavaria, there was apparently a bomb attack on Sunday. The Bavarian interior ministry told Reuters, “At present we stand, it is not an accident.” It summarized the evidence that it was a “deliberately provoked explosion.”
This bombing followed the horrific attack on two men from Hong Kong on a passenger train in southern Germany. The men were left critically injured after battling an Afghan teenager who was armed with an ax and a knife as they tried to save other family members. Continue reading