Terror Attack On U.S. Soldiers In Germany

A terror attack on U.S. soldiers in Germany has killed two people.

The casualties have not been identified and it is unknown if they are American.

On Thursday, the US Department of Defense identified one of the casualites as “Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C.”

Alden “died as a result of the March 2 shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. He was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom,” DOD said.

The Air Force identified the second casualty as Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel To Barack Obama: Nein!

Nein! That was German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Barack Obama’s planned election rally at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

Jacob Heilbrunn at National Interest Online wrote in response:

“Good for Merkel. Obama’s desire to speak before the Brandenburg Gate, as did Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, is the equivalent of his bungled appearance before a faux presidential seal on a lectern in June: foolish, misguided and arrogant. Obama may believe he is the next John F. Kennedy, but Kennedy was already president when he announced, “Ich bin ein Berliner” in 1963. Just as Americans would flinch at the sight of a foreign candidate trying to use the White House as a prop for a major address, so Germans such as chancellor Merkel are right to recoil at the notion of Obama pontificating about peace and understanding at the symbol of German unification.”

Over at No Quarter, Charles Lemos writes:

“To Obama, all the world is a stage, hence a stadium in Denver or the Bradenburg Gate seem fitting backdrops to his delusions of grandeur. Misanthrophic is the word that comes to mind. Contemptuous is another. However, the Germans do not seem to be willing to play his games.”

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China Accused of Hacking Into German Government Computers

China has been accused of hacking into German government computers:

Times Online—China has hacked into the computers of Angela Merkel’s Chancellery and three other German ministries in an extraordinary economic espionage operation that threatens to blight the German leader’s already delicate trip to Beijing this week. …

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Germany Jails Pastor For Comparing Abortion To Nazi Holocaust

Germany has jailed Lutheran Pastor Johannes Lerle for comparing abortion to the Nazi Holocaust.

Life Site—A city court in Erlangen, Bavaria, gave Lutheran Pastor Johannes Lerle a one year jail sentence for the “crime” of comparing abortion to the Nazi holocaust.

In response, Jim Hughes, Vice President of International Right to Life Federation has called on pro-life activists internationally to take action on the matter by contacting German authorities to demand freedom of speech and freedom of religion for the pastor … .”

Pardon me, but what exactly did bringing the Berlin Wall down mean?

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Allah’s In Heaven And Hitler’s On Earth

Absolutely fascinating article in Der Spiegel this morning. The story looks at Rommel’s Middle East campaign and how it almost brought holocaust to the region:

Der Spiegel—Behind the front line of Rommel’s Afrikakorps, a special unit was created in July 1942 to to plan the murder of Jews in the region. It was led by SS Obersturmbannführer, or Lieutenant Colonel, Walther Rauff, an experienced mass murderer who helped develop the mobile gassing vehicles the Germans used to murder Jewish people in their campaign in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. …

Probably the saddest thing I read in the article was that shouts of “No more Monsieur, no more Mister, Allah’s in Heaven and Hitler’s on earth,” filled the streets of Damascus after Hitler’s armies defeated the French.

What is the deeper meaning of that slogan? I would surmise that is means people are quite willing to worship the devil if he gives them what they want.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

Again, a fascinating story and a must-read.

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Terrorist Threat To American Military Personnel And Germans “High”

ABC News has a story this afternoon about a terrorist threat to American military personnel and Germans in Germany:

The Blotter: ABC News—U.S. and German officials fear terrorists are in the advanced planning stages of an attack on U.S. military personnel or tourists in Germany.

Law enforcement officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com that U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States.

“The information behind the threat is very real,” a senior U.S. official told ABC News. …

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Qur’an Trumps German Law In Divorce Ruling

A German judge, citing verses from the Qur’an, denied a Muslim woman’s request for a quick divorce from her abusive husband. And Judge Christa Datz-Winter is getting hammered over the ruling from both the German side and the Muslim side of the case. Germany’s Muslims are denying that the verse allows wife beating. Hmmm:

FOX News—Politicians and Muslim leaders denounced a German judge for citing the Koran in her rejection of a Muslim woman’s request for a quick divorce on grounds she was abused by her husband.

JudgeChrista Datz-Winter said in a recommendation earlier this year that both partners came from a “Moroccan cultural environment in which it is not uncommon for a man to exert a right of corporal punishment over his wife,” according to the court. The woman is a German of Moroccan descent married to a Moroccan citizen.

The judge argued that her case was not one of exceptional hardship in which fast-track divorce proceedings would be justified. When the woman protested, Datz-Winter cited a passage from the Koran that reads in part, “men are in charge of women.” …


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