Parties silent on the issue of internal security

The attempted attack on a synagogue in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, should not come as a surprise. The perpetrator, a sixteen-year-old Syrian refugee, joins a long line of asylum seekers who have come to Germany with the intention of committing acts of violence. He is the youngest in a line that also includes Anis Amri. What amazes me is the silence in this election campaign on the subject of internal security. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has again warned of an increase in Islamist terrorist activity in Germany, but we still don’t have the debates and discussions to justify this crisis. Political correctness is obviously more important than the safety of our citizens, at least as far as those who want to lead us are concerned. The expected influx of asylum seekers from Afghanistan poses another problem for our overburdened security services. To paraphrase: the terrorists only need to get lucky once, while our security services need to get lucky every time. We need an open discussion on migration policy, public security, foreign and security policy. This discussion should be based on reality and not on a utopian vision that may make our political elite feel good but condemns Germany to economic and social strife. The first duty of a government is to protect its citizens – it would be good to hear someone say this in the last days of the election campaign.

credits: Bwag, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wien_-_Westbahnhof,_Migranten_am_5_Sep_2015.jpg, in Grafikkachel eingefügt. (CC BY-SA 4.0). https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en