A Second Munich Putsch?

On this terror attack at Munich’s Olympia Mall and adjacent McDonald’s on Friday, July 22, the probability is that Muslim terrorists were not responsible nor involved.

The current assessment is that the attack which killed eight people and wounded many others was carried out by one or possibly three members of the neo-Nazi movement which is prevalent in Bavaria’s capitol city, Munich.

It reminds one of the first Munich attack, the infamous beer hall putsch, led by Adolf Hitler and his cohorts on November 8-9, 1923 in an attempt to overthrow the Weimar government of President Ebert. It was the result of that failed putsch which brought the Nazi party to power.

It reminds us of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich summer Olympic games in 1972.

Munich is a city of German violence.

The motive for this “second Munich putsch” was to defy the government’s open-door policy to refugees fleeing persecution. To date, more than one million Syrians have sought asylum in Germany, considered an affront to ultra right-wing German nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Germans generally do not like foreigners living among them. The best example is German hatred of the millions of Turks who have lived and worked in Germany for decades. Still, in all that time they have not been made to feel welcome by German neighbors.

The German police report that eye-witnesses recount that one terrorist shouted out angrily in perfect German, “Turn your cameras away from me. I am a German and I hate the f—–g foreigners”. Some say that his dialect was that of an east German.

To the disdain of the present German government, the neo-Nazi party is abhorrent but as long as it remains non-violent it is legal under German law.

Europe is on fire. ISIS, Taliban, radical Islam have turned European cities into places of mass terror, murder, destruction and fear. Paris, Brussels, now Munich. Which city will be the next site of a terrorist massacre?

It is absolutely impossible, in spite of security systems, to predict who, what, where, when or why the next terrorist will strike.

Citizens are cautioned to be on the alert. Tourists are questioning whether to travel or to remain at home. Businesses are suffering losses.

Even in America, violence is growing in leaps and bounds. Police trying to enforce the law are gunned down by criminals who are bent upon destroying police power and the rule of law. But nothing in the American cycle of violence can compare in magnitude with the European tragedies.

The global world is more and more becoming bereft of morality, compassion and humanity. Governments have been far too long guilty for failing to prevent terrorism and to provide for better safety and security of their citizens.

The attack in Munich needs to be the alarm whose bell rings loudly to awaken us from our lethargy.

We must protest strongly to local and national authorities against their failures to reign in terrorism and to enable immigrants to assimilate more easily into the predominant population among whom they live.

Munich has long been a city burning with hatred against the “others”. It is time to extinguish the flame and to light up its streets with respect for the rights of all.

There must be no more Munichs, no more terrorist attacks against innocent people. It may be wishful thinking, but it is my personal wish.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.