(By Ray D.)
According to reports circulating throughout the German media today, two suitcase bombs placed by two unidentified men very nearly went off on regional trains in Dortmund and Koblenz at the end of July. A deadly simultaneous bombing was only averted because the bombs were technically defective. Had they fully detonated, German authorities believe that a mass casualty event similar to the recent attacks in London could have been the result.
Islamic Terrorism Likely the Motive: These Bombs Could Have Killed Scores of Innocents in Germany... (source)
Police believe that a terrorist motive is probable, particularly because the suitcases contained Arabic writing and telephone numbers from Lebanon. The men who placed the bombs also strongly appear to be of Middle Eastern origin. German authorities have published further images of clues, the bombs and the suspects and are offering rewards to anyone with key information on their identities and/or origins. One of the men was wearing a soccer uniform from German star player #13 Michael Ballack. The bombings were likely intended to "send a message to the West" over the Israeli-Lebanese conflict.
Our take: This is yet another wake up call for all Germans who believe that terrorism at home can be averted through a policy of appeasement and pacifism at all costs. One has to wonder how the far left can continue to collaborate with Islamic extremists in their quest of anti-American, anti-Israeli hatred. Hopefully it doesn't have to come to a horrific attack before the German media and politicians get realistic about the threat Islamic extremism poses to the modern world.
UPDATE 1: Deutsche Welle has filed a report that claims authorities see no link to Lebanon yet strongly suspect that this was a terror plot. That seems to contradict other reports that indicate that there may well have been ties to Lebanon. SPIEGEL ONLINE is reporting that a bag or wrapper from a spiced starch product was found in one of the suitcases that originated from a wholesaler that sells primarily to Lebanese customers in the Essen area. There will be no absolute certainty on the motives of the bombers at least until they are captured or more evidence is uncovered. Still, it is difficult to believe that this had nothing to do with the Israeli-Lebanese conflict.
Update 2 from David: Police caught one of the suspects today (Saturday, August 19) in Kiel. Now the search for the root causes of his slighty deviant behavior can start...