While here in the US pundits continue to debate if there is or is not a “War on Christmas,” in Europe, there literally seems to be one. With still weeks before the Holiday, certain “Christmas Markets” in Germany have already been the target of terrorist attacks.
According to Breitbart, two German towns have seen arrests at their Christmas markets as “migrants brawled with locals in one case, and in another, a migrant threatened passers-by with an ax while yelling ‘Allah hu Akbar.’”
The first of the two incidents took place at a Christmas market in the town of Ludwigslust, in the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, on Saturday Dec. 1, at around 10:40 pm. In this incident a “dispute” between a group of native Germans and Muslim immigrants escalated into violence, according to local police.
In the second, which took place on the same day, in the town of Witzenhausen in the region of Hesse, a 38-year-old Libyan migrant was arrested after threatening people visiting the town’s Christmas Market, with an ax and yelling “Allah hu Akbar!” at them.
Reminiscent of The Berlin Attack in 2016
Fortunately, in both of the above incidents, arrests were made, and no serious injuries were reported, but they cannot help but raise the specter of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market van attack, which took the lives of 12 and injured nearly 60. In the aftermath of that attack, it was found that the German government had the opportunity to deport the perpetrator, failed asylum seeker Anis Amri, several times before he conducted the heinous attack, but had failed to do so, much to the ire of his victims. Amri was later killed in a shootout with police in Italy.
Christmas markets have also been the targets of other terror plots as well, including a failed attack by a 12-year-old jihadist in the town of Ludwigshafen in the Rhineland-Palatinate, region only just days before Amri carried out his deadly act of terror.