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Nothing to see here. Move on. Terrorism always comes from the political left, and only from the left. Just like our government keeps telling us.

 

The same government that... umm... err... I said move on! Nothing to see here!

 

Linky to Aunt Google's translation of German article

 

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Not sure if I'm missing on a joke or something here. How is the government telling you that terrorism comes from the left? All I see is leniency toward the far left and harsh measures toward the far right. When there's any kind of terror incident, the first response is to go after islamophobic hate speech.

 

Most terrorists in the West are right-wing or muslim. I don't think anyone argues otherwise. In other parts of the world, sure, there are Communist militants who commit hardline acts of terror. Not really in the West, though.

 

I guess the far left here, while large, mostly consists of spoiled and often rich brats breaking and burning things or going for the occasional sucker punch. Not really people who are putting their life on the line for something they believe in.

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Indeed there is no (okay let's allow some wiggle room here, very little) leftist terrorism in the western world currently. Which is exactly the point.

 

Over here at least, the government vocally condemns the far right any chance it gets... while by its actions, or better by its inactions, supporting it. Same for the media. It's long been said that our government, police, intelligence et al is "blind on the right eye".

 

A horde of fascist POS's can play literal manhunt with/against a small group of unarmed harmless dark-skinned refugees over in the Eastern parts of the country and police will be all "we didn't have the manpower to do anything, besides, we don't know whether this had a fascist background". Oh right, so it's okay threaten "non-aryan-looking" people with violence, torture and death if you're not doing it for racist reasons eh? But have just a handful of people on the street for a leftist cause and suddenly at least a hundred cops will be there to watch their every actions, armed to the teeth.

 

If that's not the (nonverbal, granting you that) message of "only the left is a danger" while more and more fascist networks are discovered in police, the infamous "office for protection of the constitution", even the fucking army... then what is? And that's not even counting the biased reporting of the media who keep doing everything they can to create the impression that there's a fucking deluge of leftist violence et al happening every day while the actual statistics show the opposite.

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4 hours ago, Thurisaz said:

And that's not even counting the biased reporting of the media who keep doing everything they can to create the impression that there's a fucking deluge of leftist violence et al happening every day while the actual statistics show the opposite. 

 

I see. Perhaps Germany has a very different microcosm of politics and reporting from how it's in my country or in the English media. I assume there is at least some leftist violence in Germany then? Unless the media is conjuring stuff up from thin air. I mean we don't have really any leftist violence to report here and what the media does all the time is paint the people and politicians who want to curb the economic migrant influx as far-right or racist.

 

Police having a serious in-group bias and leniency toward their own is a serious but known issue pretty much everywhere. So perhaps it's just that and it isn't the case that the institution itself aligns far right? Stomp too hard on relatively light or ambiguous offenses and maybe they risk distrust and more disorder among their ranks. Or something like that.

 

At least in Finland the top brass of police profile themselves as embracing all cultures and against all hate speech on the social media, while it's known that among the lower ranks of police there are actually numerous supporters for the opposition with their own closed social media communities.

 

Another problem here is that the police doesn't take care of all migrant-related crimes anymore. The Oulu rape cases which garnered international attention begun with a civilian tracking his daughter's rapist down, devising a honey trap for him and then making an arrest because the prosecution or police refused to authorize any action. Only after that were the police also forced to take the guy in and prosecution happened. After that the police didn't publicize the case before, again, civilians spread the information on social media, after which the police was forced to finally come out that yeah it's true, there are sprawling rape cases under investigation.

 

Given that, it's no wonder if some officers choose to turn a blind eye toward vigilante action. If it's the only kind of action there is.

I wonder if Germany has the same problem.

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Some leftist violence happens yes. It's totally dwarfed by rightard violence though. And while genuine leftists are called "extremists" and treated accordingly for things that a few decades ago would have been considered total democratic mainstream, our police et al have been caught with their hands deep deep in the brown cookie jar several times in recent years. The best-known scandal of this kind was the NSU affair. Check out Wikipedia or such for NSU (National Socialist Underground)... just be warned, you may well feel a sudden urge to lose your lunch.

 

In-group bias among police officers certainly happens and is to be expected (not a tolerable thing but cops are humans too). But here we're talking about a very specific political bias.

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