Last Days of the European Christmas Markets

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Last Days of the European Christmas Markets

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by baldilocks

Mark Steyn on the ter­ror attack at the Christ­mas Mar­ket in Stras­bourg, France:

[I]t is now taken for granted that Christ­mas mar­kets across Europe have to be held behind the ugly throt­tling bar­ri­ers of “secu­rity” — which as we saw yes­ter­day are, ulti­mately, never secure.

Because we [sic] won’t put up secu­rity bar­ri­ers where they count — at the nation’s bor­der — we have to have ever more intru­sive and con­strict­ing secu­rity on every­thing within the border. (…)

[T]he men and women who gov­ern us refuse to change the poli­cies that enable Yule­tide slaugh­ter, and their cit­i­zens con­tinue to vote for them. And so Strasbourg’s mayor Roland Ries says that “life must go on” — which fatu­ous bro­mide ensures that the killing of his cit­i­zens will go on. Because he and the rest of a depraved polit­i­cal class lack the will to do any­thing about it.

The attack occurred on Tues­day and the shooter was a guy named Cherif Chekatt. He killed four peo­ple and injured 13; one of the lat­ter is brain dead. The police killed him.

He was heard to shout a famil­iar sen­ti­ment dur­ing the attack and it wasn’t “Merry Christ­mas” or even “Happy Hol­i­days.” He had been on France’s list of those who bear watch­ing. They never check that list twice.

After read­ing about this and ongo­ing the tax riots that are tak­ing place in Paris, I started won­der­ing how many mass attacks have been car­ried out in France in recent years. Let’s go with three.

In 2015, there were 6.

2016, 5.

2017, 9.

With this year being almost over, there have been rel­a­tively few; only 3. And, between the turn of the cen­tury and 2015, attacks were much far­ther in between. (In con­trast, the late 20th cen­tury seems to have been the hey­day for Islamic ter­ror­ism in France.)

I’m not see a ramp-​up pat­tern, but, like Mark, I’m won­der­ing what will be the final state of Christ­mas Mar­kets in the coun­tries which have fol­lowed the EU man­date that mem­ber nations are to “allow” per­sons from Islamic coun­tries to seek refuge.

The EU hon­chos knew — from expe­ri­ence — that peri­odic ter­ror attacks would be part of their refugee man­date. I con­tend that this is a fea­ture and not a bug in their plan. They don’t “lack the will” to do any­thing about it; what we are see­ing is their will.

The Christ­mas Mar­kets will dis­ap­pear, as will all the other even nom­i­nal acknowl­edg­ments to the God of the Bible. For what­ever rea­son, the EU wants to become an Islamic state.

Who’s tak­ing bets on when NATO will dis­in­te­grate and the EU will adopt Sharia Law? I’d start a pool — if I weren’t so sad about the rel­a­tively short time that West­ern Europe had between the end of WWII and the break-​up of the Soviet Union.

Nor­mal Euro­pean cit­i­zens will look back on the era as the Golden Years. Cold Wars are bet­ter than hot ones.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012. Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, and Gab.

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Pondering black market glühwein.

by baldilocks

Mark Steyn on the terror attack at the Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France:

[I]t is now taken for granted that Christmas markets across Europe have to be held behind the ugly throttling barriers of “security” – which as we saw yesterday are, ultimately, never secure.

Because we [sic] won’t put up security barriers where they count – at the nation’s border – we have to have ever more intrusive and constricting security on everything within the border. (…)

[T]he men and women who govern us refuse to change the policies that enable Yuletide slaughter, and their citizens continue to vote for them. And so Strasbourg’s mayor Roland Ries says that “life must go on” – which fatuous bromide ensures that the killing of his citizens will go on. Because he and the rest of a depraved political class lack the will to do anything about it.

The attack occurred on Tuesday and the shooter was a guy named Cherif Chekatt. He killed four people and injured 13; one of the latter is brain dead. The police killed him.

He was heard to shout a familiar sentiment during the attack and it wasn’t “Merry Christmas” or even “Happy Holidays.” He had been on France’s list of those who bear watching. They never check that list twice.

After reading about this and ongoing the tax riots that are taking place in Paris, I started wondering how many mass attacks have been carried out in France in recent years. Let’s go with three.

In 2015, there were 6.

2016, 5.

2017, 9.

With this year being almost over, there have been relatively few; only 3. And, between the turn of the century and 2015, attacks were much farther in between. (In contrast, the late 20th century seems to have been the heyday for Islamic terrorism in France.)

I’m not see a ramp-up pattern, but, like Mark, I’m wondering what will be the final state of Christmas Markets in the countries which have followed the EU mandate that member nations are to “allow” persons from Islamic countries to seek refuge.

The EU honchos knew — from experience — that periodic terror attacks would be part of their refugee mandate.  I contend that this is a feature and not a bug in their plan. They don’t “lack the will” to do anything about it; what we are seeing is their will.

The Christmas Markets will disappear, as will all the other even nominal acknowledgments to the God of the Bible. For whatever reason, the EU wants to become an Islamic state.

Who’s taking bets on when NATO will disintegrate and the EU will adopt Sharia Law? I’d start a pool — if I weren’t so sad about the relatively short time that Western Europe had between the end of WWII and the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Normal European citizens will look back on the era as the Golden Years. Cold Wars are better than hot ones.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Gab.

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