Many people, including many in Germany and the rest of Europe, shared this article with me, and frankly, I find it both disturbing and darkly revealing:
The opening paragraphs say it all here:
The quiet German militarization continues to escalate.
One day after Germany's DPA broke the news that the Merkel government is considering "bringing back nationwide conscription in times of crisis", such as situations in which the country needs to "defend NATO’s external borders", strongly hinting at the possibility of a future war, which in turn followed this weekend's shocking announcement that Germans should prepare to stockpile several days of food and water "in case of an attack of catastrophe" as part of the country's revised "Civil Defense Concept, today NBC reports that "Germany Debates Putting Troops on Streets to Protect Against ISIS."
To be sure, plans to involve soldiers in counterterrorism operations. and the suggestion troops could also be used to beef up security in public places, have proved controversial in a country only seven decades "removed from totalitarian rule that's still grappling with guilt from the Nazi era." However, Wolfgang Bosbach, a lawmaker from Merkel's CDU party, dismissed an such concerns.
"During the recent terror threat in Munich the German armed forces, and also the military police, were put on alert," he told NBC News. "They have been deployed in other crises, so why should the military not help with domestic security as well?"
There is, of course, push-back, and rightly so, from concerned German politicians:
Yet despite the seeming acceleration by Germany to militarize at any cost, some more sover voices did emerge, such as that of Christian Moelling, a security expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, told NBC News that conservative politicians appeared to be trying to capitalize on recent events as they sought to achieve their longstanding goal of allowing the military to deploy within the country's borders.
He noted that since the end of World War II, high hurdles had been established governing how the armed forces can be used and was skeptical that any push to change that would be successful.
"To use Germany's military for interior security, including the use of force, would necessitate a large majority for a constitutional change, and this majority doesn't exist," Moelling said, adding that at least two-thirds of parliamentarians would have to approve such a measure.
It can, however, quickly be achieved should there be a few more terrorist attacks on German soil, which will promptly provide the needed cover if not to change the constitution, than to implement an indefinite state of emergency, bypassing such pesky things as laws. As a reminder, France has had once since last November.
And there you have it: just create so many "incidents" by allowing the "eager-to-kill" refugee a free hand to do so and, voila, decree and state of emergency.
But what I find intriguing here is that the root problem - flooding Europe with non-assimilating, and in some cases, radicalized, refugees - is not being addressed. RAther, it is being used as the crisis of opportunity to (1) expand the military (in this case, Germanys'), (2) expand and militarize domestic police, and (3) rule under emergency. In other words, the refugee crisis serves as the modern Reichstag fire.
Of course, Chancellorin Merkel is herself largely responsible for the mess, and one doesn't hear or see any indication from her that she wants to change her policy or has any desire to do so, and this suggests that the real goal all along was to create the primary conditions for the creation of a vastly expanded military - remember that German industrial and defense leaders want to triple the size of Germany's military by 2025 - and the conditions for its domestic use.
This much seems obvious, at least in Germany's case. So where's the high octane speculation here? As most regular readers here know, and if you've been following my interviews over the years, I've also strongly suspected that the Islamic world was being "set up," and used as a crisis of opportunity not only to delay and marginalize the voices of reform within it, but also to drive domestic policy in the West. In the latter case, it should be recalled that France and Germany both have committed to the creation of a joint European-wide military and certain corporate mergers have already transpired in aid of this agenda. So where does the refugee crisis fit in? It fits because it does two things: (1) it creates a "counter-culture" against which Europeans can unite to defend "European culture," i.e., it serves the creation of a European cultural identity, which currently the EU lacks, and (2) it creates the conditions for the expansion of national militaries and their integration. I'm relatively confident that the game plan is being revealed here, for the very simple reason that the problem these measures are designed to address could be more simply, and possibly more cheaply, addressed simply by closing European borders. Europe, in short, is being used as a test bed.
See you on the flip side...