By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream
A soccer game between the national teams of Germany and the Netherlands was canceled due to terror concerns on Tuesday, but this is only just the beginning. From now on, very few people will be able to attend large gatherings in the western world without thinking about the possibility that they might be shot or blown to bits. This is how terrorism works – it instills fear in people. And that is why the recent attacks in Paris were so effective. By striking random targets such as a rock concert, a precedent has been set that an attack can happen anywhere and at any time. The target does not have to be politically significant or related to the war on terror in any way. Just a few of these random attacks would be enough to cause mass paranoia among the hundreds of millions of people that live in Europe and North America, and now that radical Islamists are starting to understand this, all hell is breaking loose.
And of course this is all part of a larger trend. All over the planet, terror is on the rise. In fact, according to a stunning new study that was just released the number of people around the world killed by terrorism increased by 80 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Now that Pandora’s box has been opened and crazed lunatics are realizing how effective terror can be in manipulating the emotions of the masses, will we ever be able to get life back to “normal” again?
If you are not familiar with the concept of “Pandora’s box”, the following is how Wikipedia defines it…
Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod‘s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world. Pandora opened the jar and all the evils flew out, leaving only Hope inside once she had closed it again.
Today the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences.
As I mentioned above, a major international soccer match that Angela Merkel was scheduled to attend was canceled on Tuesday due to terror concerns. According to CNN, there was “concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium”…
“Serious plans for explosions” forced the evacuation of a stadium in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday night before a Netherlands-Germany friendly soccer match, the police chief for Germany’s Lower Saxony region told Germany’s public broadcaster NDR.
Chief Volker Kluwe told NDR that authorities “had concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium.” The tip from federal authorities forced the cancellation of the Netherlands-Germany match about one-and-a-half hours before game time.
Could you imagine what would have happened if there had been a major explosion in a packed stadium like that?
It is only a matter of time before the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball are facing the exact same kinds of threats.
We live at a time when our headlines are being dominated by terror. Just remember what happened last month. The downing of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt was a huge international story, and it has now been confirmed that it was a “homemade explosive device” which destroyed it…
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday that a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai last month killing all 224 aboard was blown up by a homemade explosive device.
Alexander Bortnikov, the FSB’s chief, told Russian state media that “traces of foreign explosives” were found in debris recovered from the crash site.
Thanks to years of very foolish decisions by our government and others, the Middle East has become totally destabilized. War and civil conflict are the rule rather than the exception, and radical Islam is on the rise. We were quite naive to think that we could “keep it over there”. The truth is that what we have experienced so far is just the leading edge of what is coming.
But that doesn’t mean that we should roll out the red carpet for groups like ISIS like Barack Obama apparently wants to do. His administration wants to aggressively resettle Syrian refugees all over America, and in recent days this has prompted a tremendous backlash from Republican lawmakers…
About the author:
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.
Read his new book The Beginning of the End