There is an argument to be made that Obama's Arab Spring, with all its resulting consequences, including the various wars and civil wars, broke Europe. Whether that accelerated path to a civilizational conflict actually serves as a wake up call or a closing bell is still up in the air. But Europe, as I have discussed previously, is quickly stumbling into a war that it isn't prepared for.
It's bad in France. It's bad in the UK. And Germany has hit its own speed bump with Frau Merkel at the wheel.
The number of terrorism-related cases investigated by German authorities have quadrupled over the past year, newspaper Welt am Sonntag revealed Sunday.
Prosecutors have opened more than 900 cases so far this year, compared to 240 throughout 2016. Just 80 cases related to terrorism reached the courts in 2013.
The federal prosecutors office can’t keep up with the increase and nearly 300 cases have been transferred to the state level. Not all cases involve plans to carry out attacks. Migrants from Syran, Iraq and Afghanistan have been tried over alleged membership in terror groups without being suspected of planning attacks on European soil.
Germany’s federal police (BKA) estimates 705 Islamist extremists are willing to carry out terror attacks, up from 600 during an estimate in February.
That's far too many for German law enforcement to cope with. Terror cases have outpaced the resources of a number of European countries. And they're pushing our limits in America.
Comey stated that there were around 2,000 terrorism investigations. 1,000 of those came from “home grown violent extremism” with no evidence of contact with foreign terrorists. Another 1,000 had "some contact with foreign terrorists". 300 from that 2,000 had come to America as refugees.
Two years ago, Comey listed around 900 investigations. Even assuming that some of the 1,000 “home grown extremists” aren’t Muslim terrorists, that’s a staggering and shocking rise in case numbers.
Back then, he had said that the FBI was having trouble with the sheer volume of investigations in every state. "If that becomes the new normal," he had said, "that would be hard to keep up."
Law enforcement agencies can't keep up with a civil war. It's not what they're built for.
In the UK, there are 3,000 potential terrorists being investigated, but 20,000 others had been “subjects of interest” in the past.
In 2015, 211 terror plots occurred in EU countries. These attacks killed 151 people and wounded another 360. 1,077 terrorism arrests were made.
The civilizational cliff is coming.