This video from Germany says about itself:
Witnesses React To Deadly Attack In Berlin Christmas Market
20 December 2016
A truck plowed into people at a busy Christmas market in central Berlin on December 19, killing at least 12, and injuring dozens more. Police said they are investigating the incident as a probable “terrorist attack.” Witnesses described the horrific scene.
First, I wish all the relatives and friends of the people who died in this terrible event, and all injured people and their relatives and friends, strength and recovery.
Much about this atrocity is still unclear, eg, what exactly happened around this Polish truck, its original driver, and the Polish second person in the truck, who died.
Originally, German Minister Thomas de Maizière, police and corporate media claimed this was a crime by a refugee from Pakistan; which led to racist abuse claiming that all refugees were supposedly criminals.
However, unexpectedly, of all media, Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News corrected this today:
Berlin attacker still on loose, wrong man in custody, police sources tell German press
The hunt is on for the driver who rammed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing at least 12, as authorities now believe they have the wrong person in custody, German police sources told the country’s Die Welt newspaper.
The Pakistani asylum-seeker taken into custody Monday and suspected of the attack has denied involvement, officials have said.
“We have the wrong man and therefore a new situation,” a senior police chief told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. “The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage.” …
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump blamed Islamist terrorists, though it was unclear what that assessment was based on.
So, Trump ‘knew’ ‘certainly’ before knowing what really happened.
Also CNN admitted that earlier refugee-blaming had been wrong.
UPDATE: police have freed the Pakistani refugee. They don’t know whether the real perpetrator was a Muslim or not. See also here.
However, there were warnings that either ISIS or al-Qaeda might use trucks to attack Christmas markets.
If Berlin is one of these cases, then which of these two suspects?
Another atrocity happened yesterday in Ankara, Turkey. There, an off duty Turkish policeman murdered the Russian ambassador who was opening a photo exhibition. The murderer used the war in Syria as a pretext.
Bill Van Auken writes about this:
According to some reports, the Islamic State (ISIS) denied any connection with the killing [of the ambassador], while web sites connected with the Al Nusra Front, the Syrian Al Qaeda affiliate that has been the backbone of US-backed forces in Aleppo, hailed the killing.
So, there is a possibility, not certainty, that this Berlin bloodbath was the work of al-Qaeda.
There is a tragic irony in that. On 9/11, the day of commemoration of al-Qaeda’s bloody attacks in New York City and Washington in the USA, a German corporate media warmonger supported NATO waging war in Syria on al-Qaeda’s side, whitewashing al-Qaeda.
Just before the Berlin atrocity, Chris Floyd in the USA wrote:
An al Qaeda Christmas: The Touching Tale of How Hate Figures Became American Heroes
19 December 2016
You’re al Qaeda. You’re being supported by the United States in your jihad to impose extremist rule on Syria, but you still have a PR problem; too many people remember all that unpleasant business from so long ago when you blew up a few buildings in the US. What can you do?
Well, first you change the name of your Syrian branch two or three times. You make sure your spokesmen — who actually get respectfully quoted in the US media! — say moderate things in English but speak with genocidal sectarian fury in Arabic. So far, so good. But what if your new US media buddies actually got a peek at how you operate on the ground in Syria — cutting off heads, hoarding food aid, colluding with ISIS, slaughtering religious minorities, oppressing women, etc.? That’s easy: you simply make the zones you control so dangerous for reporters — killing them, kidnapping them, etc. — that they don’t go there anymore. Instead, they “report” on your activities from far away, relying on you to provide their information, telling the story you want told.
And presto chango, that’s how those who murdered Americans have become America’s newest heroes, the brave defenders of freedom in Syria. What’s more, anyone who dares point out the true nature of your organization, and how you operate, are now denounced as apologists for the loathsome Assad regime, or as Putin-lovers, even as traitors! Think of it; just a few years ago, you were the most reviled and hated group Americans had ever known — and now Americans across the media and political spectrum hail you as heroes and defend you from all attacks!
Sure, you’ve lost your foothold in Aleppo, where for years you systematically persecuted people and forcibly prevented them from leaving. But America’s still got your back, AQ! Even when you attack relief convoys in an attempt to scuttle a peace deal that would allow anyone who wants to leave East Aleppo to go free, the American media will fudge the headlines so no one will know that it was you who did the deed.
[And hey, let’s not forget what America’s been doing for you in Yemen! Remember how the Houthis had you on the ropes, nearly ridding the country of your presence — and then the Americans stepped in with their Saudi allies, bombing the holy hell out of the place, choking off food and medicine supplies, destroying the infrastructure for basic survival, killing thousands of civilians and putting millions of people at dire risk of starvation! And suddenly you were back, making great gains, stronger than ever! You simply couldn’t ask for a better friend, could you?]
So buck up, AQ! With the full weight of the American media and political establishment behind you, no doubt there are still great days ahead! In fact, the president has just made it easier for you guys to get even more American weapons so you can carry on your noble quest! It’s just our way of saying Merry Christmas!
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it “would be particularly sickening” if the killer turned out to be a refugee.
Ms Merkel did not mention that most of the refugees arriving in Germany are themselves fleeing Islamist terror and wars in the Middle East stoked up by Western powers.
Pakistan’s President Nawaz Sharif offered his condolences, saying that “terrorism is our common enemy.” However, Pakistan’s military and spy agencies have historically supported extremist groups — frequently with British backing.
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