Three suspected al Qaeda members had been planning a bomb attack in Germany for four months when they were arrested, federal prosecutors said.
Rainer Griesbaum, a federal prosecutor, told a news conference on Saturday that the trio, led by a 29-year-old Moroccan, had planned to detonate their device in a crowded area but had not yet picked a target.
Eurovision Song Contest, that Crusader symbol of anti-Moslem bigotry, might have been the target, apparently.
But the mind boggles at the implications of all this. Al Qaeda angry with Germany? How can this be? Germany doesn't have Guantanamo Bay. Germany didn't invade Iraq. Germany opposes the Libya War. And German troops in Afghanistan--which the Germans believe might have "caused" the anger--are virtually war tourists in that fight. I don't even think George W. Bush is German at all, as a matter of fact. How could any jihadis be mad at Germany, which is otherwise the model multi-lateralist jihadi-tolerant state?
It's almost--now give me a little leeway to run a bit with this radical thought--it's almost as if the jihadis hate who we are for their own twisted motivations rather than for what we've done or have failed to do at any time in the last 1,500 years or so. Well, other than the horror that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Who wouldn't be tempted to have a go at that with explosives?
I might just be on to something here.