Anglofritz has a good press round-up:
The German police are uniformly applauded. The Financial Times reports that the cops were so far ahead of the game they secretly replaced some vats of chemicals amassed by the would-be terrorists with less explosive ones.Anglofritz also brings an older quote from John Kerry: "The war on terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering law enforcement operation."
"Congrats to the Germans," writes Andrew Sullivan in The Daily Dish:
These men are educated, two of three are German nationals, all seem to have been trained not in Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, a putative ally. It is hard to see how the Iraq war - whether a failure or a success - would have any impact on this tiny cell's attempt at mass murder in the name of God. This is simply the religious violence we have to contend with for the indefinite future. All we can do is what the Germans did: keep up surveillance (with protections against abuse), and run as many to ground as we can.
German police arrested three suspected Islamic militants who were planning "massive" and "imminent" attacks on American targets in Germany, authorities said Wednesday according to CNN (via Davids Medienkritik):
"The main motivation of the group in Germany is hatred against American citizens, and therefore they had as main targets the American military installations," said Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany's Federal Criminal Investigation Office. "This could also of course have affected German citizens in restaurants and other places." A counterterrorism source in Frankfurt with knowledge of the plot told CNN a sophisticated detonator -- of the type that can be used in a military device -- was found in the possession of some of the suspects. This type of detonator is difficult to get, the source said. It is more precise and can inflict more casualties than lower-grade detonators. Investigators are trying to determine how the suspects obtained it, the source said. Authorities would not elaborate on whether Ramstein Air Base -- the U.S. military's main installation in Germany -- or the major international hub of Frankfurt Airport were among the targets, as reported by German media.
UPDATE: A Fistful of Euros has a good post criticizing media reports that claim that Germans are shocked by the revelation of home-grown terrorist suspects, who are also converts to Islam.
Oh my God! One of the terrorist suspects is even named "Fritz," writes the Foreign Policy Blog.
No surprise, really. Two weeks ago, the Atlantic Community summarized a NYPD intelligence report that argued:
The threat of terrorism is increasingly becoming a homegrown commodity, with ordinary citizens and residents playing a leading role in organizing and carrying out terrorist attacks.And this threat is not limited to Europe, but also in the US, according to the NYPD report.