The Berlin Christmas Attack: Market Forces

The Berlin Christmas Attack: Market Forces, by Mark Steyn.

This BBC headline effortlessly conveys the madness of our times:

“Lorry kills 12 at Christmas market”

Ah, so the truck did it. So it’s nothing that can’t be fixed by some basic truck-control measures — like, say, licensing and registration of trucks.

The less obviously evasive responses were almost as dispiriting. An English tourist visiting from Birmingham complained that in his native city ugly bollards line the sidewalks to obstruct any similarly homicidal lorries in the vicinity. The Christkindlmarkt is a German tradition dating back to the Middle Ages: Munich’s is over 700 years old. A society that can only hold three-quarters-of-a-millennium-old traditions behind an impenetrable security perimeter is a society that will soon lose those traditions.

My own preference … is that, if free countries have to have unsightly security controls, why don’t they have them around the national borders rather than around every single thing inside those borders?

The political class still favors Islam, part of their electoral coalition and an enemy of their enemy (namely the Western mainstream). They just won’t draw the obvious conclusions, always distracting and time wasting:

On Fox News’ top-rated Kelly File, Martha MacCallum asked two experts about the market slaughter and both of them instantly pivoted to military strikes against Isis, the need to form an Arab version of Nato, and other grand schemes. … Neither of Martha’s guests so much as raised the question of why people who want to murder you for attending a Christmas market are in your country in the first place. …

A military response is not appropriate,. This is about culture, which the PC crew refuse to countenance for their own selfish reasons:

I spent most of the last year in France and other parts of Western Europe and there are soldiers everywhere – outside churches, post offices, railway stations, shopping malls, Jewish schools initially and now non-Jewish schools, topless beaches and Christmas markets… And it’s not enough, and it can never be enough.

hat-tip Chris