The inevitable has happened after the ruling class in Germany romanced Syrian refugees, turning the prosperous Western country into a camp. The local right wing has reacted. Ten people were murdered overnight in Germany by a far-right gunman who attacked two shisha bars in the western city of Hanau and then shot himself. One pregnant woman was among the dead.
The shootings targeted shisha bars, frequented by immigrant Muslims in Hanau, a commuter town east of Frankfurt.
The shooter, a 43-year-old German citizen Tobias Rathjen, left behind in a 24-page note on social media, where he said the motive behind the killings was what the media has branded as “racist”. His murder weapon was found next to his body, when police raided his apartment, not far from the site of the shootout.
A 72-year-old woman, identified as the mother of the gunman, was found murdered in the apartment. Police believe Rathjen may have murdered her before killing himself.
The first terror attack took place at midnight at a shisha bar in central Hanau at around 10 PM local time (2:30 AM IST) on Wednesday night. Eyewitnesses heard many gunshots and panicked.
Rathgen then escaped in a black car and made a second attack on the Arena Bar and Cafe, another Muslim hangout, in the Kesselstad suburb not far from his apartment.
Nine people were killed in attacks on the shisha bars, believed to be frequented by mainly Turkish and Kurdish immigrant communities. According to the Turkish embassy, five Turkish citizens were among the dead.
The media of Germany reported that the killed pregnant woman was a 35-year-old mother of two carrying her unborn third child.
Police were able to identify Rathgen from the license plate of his car. The cops followed him to his house. However, by the time they reached the apartment, his mother and he were dead.
Disturbed by influx of refugees in Germany
Rathgen left behind a 24-page ‘manifesto containing’ a mix of conspiracy theories, some far-fetched views and some legitimate grievances too politically incorrect to utter in western Europe today.
The gunman addressed the refugees from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia to leave Germany. Although he does not emphasize the issue of religion, most of the countries he names have a Muslim-majority population.
Rathgen then justified his call for mass murder, claiming that some breeds may prove scientifically superior to others. He showed signs of paranoia, claiming he had been under intelligence services’ surveillance and that US President Donald Trump had stolen his ideas!
He has also claimed to have been a celibate voluntarily for 18 years and never had had a relationship with a woman. Rathgen had recently posted a video in English on his website. Although the website has since been removed, the video was airing on social media on Thursday.
“This is my personal message to all Americans,” Rathgen says in English, “Your country is in control of invisible secret societies… If you don’t believe in the following, you’d better wake up, quick!”
Rathgen also claimed that children are tortured and killed in satanic rituals at “secret underground military bases” in the US.
Police in Germany say Rathgen had no accomplice. They did not have to wonder how he got hold of a gun in the strict gun-control regime of the country. He actually had several firearms as Germany allows marksmen to keep them and Rathjen was a registered one who had passed the necessary tests to obtain the licence.
The breed of Rathgen is but growing. Police in Germany recently arrested 12 people for their far-right views.
Politically correct lamentation
But Germany refuses to learn. Its polity and media are not learning for sure. Since the shootout, the media commentary here is dominated by “racism is poison” refrains.
“Today is a very sad day for our country. I am thinking primarily of the families and friends of the murdered. There is currently considerable evidence that the perpetrator acted from far-Right, racist motives. Hatred of people of different origins, beliefs or looks. Racism is a poison, hate is a poison. This poison exists in our society and it is to blame for far too many crimes,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.
When last heard, however, the community of scientists had not identified Europeans and Turkish people as different races.