Friday, July 29, 2011
Germany, Terrorism and Soft Targets
Berlin, Germany—Summer time in Berlin is always the right time to visit this city. Berlin has a blend or rich history, a modern skyline and no shortage of places to enjoy life. Berlin is truly an exciting city.
Berlin is also a soft terrorist target. Germany has never fully recovered from the stain of the Nazi period and any strengthening of their police resources raises eyebrows everywhere. Government is not nor ever been the answer to terrorism anywhere. Government is never up to that task anyway.
The Sony Center is probably the most vulnerable soft target in this metropolis. The place is loaded with law-abiding, unarmed people waiting to be victimized. The police would arrive too late and be unable to respond to a major crisis here.
What is a better solution to deal with terrorism here and for that matter anywhere? The answer lies within the ranks of those law-abiding potential victims enjoying their visit.
Government must demand that citizenship responsibilities include a commitment for the defense of our cities and way of life. Law abiding citizens must be trained, armed and understand their duty to defend self, family, neighbors and country.
If only 15 percent of the visitors to the Sony Center’s law abiding visitors were trained and armed anyone attempting to attack would most likely fail with minimum innocent casualties. The citizens would have a fighting chance to survive and no traditional government force could out-perform the citizens already on the scene.
We don’t need police states with shock troops to control hard corps criminals and terrorists, just ordinary citizens with a strong commitment to public safety and a sense of duty.
Citizens must begin to rely on each other for necessary protection. The terrorists will always be able to outsmart government. Terrorists have always counted on governments to make sure their potential victims are unarmed and defenseless.