Ansbach explosion was the fourth violent attack in Germany in a weak which was carried out by a 27 years old Syrian refugee who was denied asylum and deported to Bulgaria. The third attack was also carried by another asylum seeker in which he killed a woman and injured two people only 72 hours after the second and the deadliest attack of the weak. In the second attack as reported by BBC, a German teenager of Iranian extraction killed nine people mostly migrants before shooting himself.
Initially, it was reported by international media that only first violent attack which was carried on 18 July by an afghan asylum seeker was linked with a terrorist organization; Islamic State, and others were not. But now DW has reported that Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann said that a video alluding to the Islamic State militia has been found by police on the mobile phone of the bomber in Ansbach. Also the Aamaq; mouthpiece of IS, claimed that the Ansbach perpetrator was one of their soldiers.
These acts of terrorism have brought German Chancellor Angela Merkel under immense pressure and heavy criticism for her open-door migration policy. Even though she has reassured her fellow citizens that “the state and its security forces will continue to do everything to protect the security and freedom of everybody in Germany.” But many have accused her of having “blood on her hands” because of her open-door migration policy.
Though the connection between the attackers and Islamic State or some other terrorist group is not strong and could be proved false but if it is not so, it is really terrible. Maybe at this time it is hard to anticipate the repercussion of these attacks but after a while, the situation would be different. Such acts from refugees who were given asylum Europe and particularly in Germany in a great number would definitely ignite hatred against all non-European.
This would increase anti-immigration sentiment and could push Europe including Germany towards a strict immigration policy. Popularity and acceptance of anti-immigration parties would eventually provide oxygen to European nationalism/extremism. As it is happening in Austria where centrist parties are continuously failing after World War Two and In France where far-right National Front won 6.8 million votes in regional elections in 2015 – its largest ever score. And the world where Eastern extremism would collide with Western extremism seems terrible.
Now it is only a matter of time and future events could lead anywhere. No doubt Germany has shown a great compassion for Syrian refugees and have provided food and shelter to more than a million but the question remains how long could it resist against its own people. If EU takes measure in order to bring changes in its immigration policy as it was said by Margaritis Schinas spokesman of European Commission that “Europe’s doors are open to those who flee war and persecution and who seek asylum, but we will defend ourselves against attacks on our way of life’’, it is more likely that Germany being a member of EU and victim of terrorism would do the same.
Story first published: 3rd August 2016