More members of the Tiny Minority of Extremistsâ„¢ manifest their misunderstanding of their own religion. “3 terror suspects arrested in Germany,” by David McHugh for the Associated Press (thanks to Jihad Watch News Editor Marisol Seibold):
BERLIN – Three suspected Islamic militants were arrested for allegedly plotting “imminent” and “massive” attacks on the Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub, and Frankfurt’s busy international airport, German authorities said
German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the three had trained at terror camps in Pakistan and procured some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives.
Well, then. Maybe they were just overzealous hairdressers.
And a top legislator said the group could have struck “in a few days,” noting a “sensitive period” that includes the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Officials said the hydrogen peroxide, stored in a hideout, could have been mixed with other additives to produce a bomb with the explosive power of 1,200 pounds of TNT.
“This would have enabled them to make bombs with more explosive power than the ones used in the London and Madrid (transit) bombings,” Joerg Ziercke, the head of Germany’s Federal Crime Office, said at a joint press conference with Harms.
The three suspects “” two Germans and a Turk “” first came to the attention of authorities because they had been observing a U.S. military facility at the end of 2006, officials said. All three had undergone training at camps in Pakistan run by the Islamic Jihad Union, and had formed a German cell of the group.
The Islamic Jihad Union was described as a Sunni Muslim group based in Central Asia that was an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an extremist group with origins in that country.
“There was an imminent threat,” German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told ARD broadcaster.
Magnus Norell, at the Swedish Defense Research Agency, said while Germany’s mission in Afghanistan could be a motive for a terrorist attack, a flood of other factors could also play a role.
“It could be discontent with Germany, or even western Europe as a whole. It’s really not that easy as to say that this (Afghanistan) would be the reason for it.”
Heck, it could even be the jihadist ideology of Islamic supremacism, and may have nothing to do with Germany’s particular actions at all.