Europe has a long tradition of social activities and festivities in public city squares, especially during holidays such as Christmas. However, after decades of mass immigration from troubled low-trust cultures, especially from the Middle East and Africa, Europeans find their public squares surrounded by miniature Berlin walls and near militarized zones.
After a string of hijackings and terrorist attacks in the 1970s and onward, strict security controls were enacted on international flights all over the world. However, within the stable high-trust societies of Europe, domestic flights were mostly open.
This all changed after the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001. Shortly thereafter, the militarization of Europe accelerated. In 2002, the European Union introduced a regulation that required even domestic flights to be treated as a war zone. At first, it was only metal detectors. Then carry-on luggage had to be X-rayed. Then bottled water was banned. Due to open borders, everyone had to be regarded as potential terrorists.
The War Encroaches
When the airport security measures were introduced on domestic flights, many warned that this was only the beginning. They warned that similar restrictions would be introduced in other areas where people gather in crowds.
This was dismissed as ridiculous paranoia – until the 2016 terror attack in Nice, France, where an Islamist rammed a 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd of pedestrians, murdering 86 and injuring 458 people. Since then, most European countries with Muslims in their population have placed concrete barricades in public pedestrian areas to prevent similar terrorist attacks.
During Christmas, various authorities have tried to make the barriers look like Christmas decorations to reduce the feeling of militarization. In Britain, they put up metal detectors in addition to the concrete barriers since it has experienced a scourge of knife attacks by migrants from developing nations.
Pretense of Normalcy
European governments have realized that the wave of terrorism across the continent is waking up a growing sense of alarm in the populace, and they have therefore taken measures to hide the security efforts and downplay the attacks to “prevent racism” and “avoid panic.” There are no security checkpoints in the subway systems yet, despite the London and Madrid terror attacks, but in London, the Underground has 12,000 security cameras continuously on the outlook for rogue Islamists.
On New Year’s Eve 2015/2016, 1200 women were sexually assaulted by migrants from Africa and the Middle East in the cities of Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bielefeld, Paderborn, Borken, Detmold, and Essen. It was one of the most massive terrorist attacks ever on German soil, but for nearly a week, the authorities reported that it had been a quiet celebration with no significant incidents. Only due to massive viral witness accounts on social media was the truth eventually reported in mainstream media.
The silence was not an accident, but a deliberate cover-up as part of a systematic attempt to prevent awareness of the war-like situation. Therefore, the new wave of Islamic terror attacks in train stations has gone mostly unreported. In the last few years, there has been a disturbing increase in the number of people who are pushed in front of a train by migrants. Even more alarming is the fact that the victims targeted are primarily white children and women.
In July 2010, an Eritrean man pushed a young eight-year-old boy and his mother in front of a high-speed train at Frankfurt railway station in Germany. The boy died, and the mother was injured. The same year, migrants murdered three 16-year-olds in the same way at the Nürnberg S-train station.
At the Voerde station in North Rhine-Westphalia, also in Germany, a 28-year-old Kosovo-Albanian pushed a 34-year-old native German woman in front of the train. She died instantly.
In Sweden, an elderly woman suffered life-threatening injuries after a 33-year-old migrant pushed her in front of a freight train in Lund.
In 2016, an Iranian man pushed a 20-year-old Swedish woman to her death at the Ernst-Reuter-Platz underground station in Berlin.
These attacks are usually only reported in local newspapers, and the police always conclude that the motivation for the attacks is “unknown.” In this way, Europeans are lulled into a pretense of normalcy.
A Hard Lesson
Despite the best efforts of the governments, they are unable to keep the information hidden. Alternative media and word of mouth spread the news by the jungle telegraph. There is a reason the Brits voted for Brexit and that nationalist-populist parties are surging all over the E.U.
In a borderless world, your country sinks to the lowest common denominator. That is why what used to be the safest and most peaceful countries in the world now have security measures in place as if they were Mogadishu. Europe is learning the hard lesson that when you open your borders to conflict zones, the war comes to you.
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