France and Germany seem to be bracing for dangerous times. France announced, in July, the re-birth of the National Guard; and Germany announced, last week, that not only a similar militia will be formed but also the German population will be required to stockpile food and water for at least 10 days. Terrorist attacks, carried out during the month of July, are behind the French decision and forced the Germans to revisit a 2012 national defence plan that probably has been shelved till a more expedient time – the time has now arrived, it seems.
The French Case
The concept of a National Guard (la Guarde National) in France is not new. Back in 1789, the French militia was created for purposes of policing and military reserve – it was disbanded in the 1870's when it became increasingly revolutionary, becoming thus a threat to the state. In the Summer of 2016, President François Hollande announced that his government would be arming civilians and army reservists in order to boost national security.
As per the video we shared here, in July 2015, militias have been training in France for quite a while – due to decades of government negligence when it came to the national Islamic problem. Letting these trained militias on the loose is a quasi certain way of triggering a civil war; but by integrating these trained elements in a national guard, the French authorities seem to want to kill two birds with one stone: 1- boost national defence, 2- prevent a civil war by keeping the militiamen under control. It does seem to be a smart move, however, the French government may just be protracting the inevitable because if the militiamen do not agree with the state's plans and marching orders, history may repeat itself and La Guarde National may become a revolutionary entity once again – but will the state be able to disband it this time?
The French government will have to tread very carefully from this coming fall onwards...
The German Case
Germany is about to require its citizens to stockpile food, water and medicine. It is also thinking about creating a national militia to boost national security and about reinstating the mandatory military service. In other words: Germany is getting ready for war (under the guise of counter-terrorism operations).
Why tell people to stockpile food and water for at least 10 days? What kind of CT operations is the country planning that is supposed to require forcing individuals to stay indoors for 10 days?
Germany is not the first country to think about reinstating the mandatory military service: Portugal is reportedly thinking about doing the same thing (and surely other European countries are following suit). It is not a secret that European countries are not militarily strong due to an over-spending on welfare. NATO has been complaining for a long time that Europe doesn't invest enough on its military might and finally many Euro-nations are tacitly acknowledging that NATO is right: but are they doing so because they recognise the incoming and multi-layered security challenges? Yes and No.
Europe not only realised that in the eventuality of simultaneous terrorist attacks it has little chances of effectively defending the territory, mainly because of military missions abroad; but it has also realised that a strong military equals to less unemployment, less delinquency, and less futility as well. Therefore, telling young people they must serve in the military serves many purposes plus one: reviving nationalism (and thus quell the present attempt to install anarchism).
In a very interesting conversation, Jonathan W. Penn and I reached the same conclusion: the Western world is moving towards the Declaration of Martial Law (ML).
When we speak of martial law, usually images of the Army taking over government come to mind; however, it is convenient to remind people that ML can also be declared by civil governments in the face of imminent threat or attack. And Germany's New Civil Defence Plan, adopted last week, indicates the state acknowledges a pending threat/attack.
Is it necessary to declare ML (when the right time comes)? Yes. Why? Because, unfortunately, successive western governments have, over the years, passed absurd legislation on top of existing laws (and joined international treaties that many times conflict with national laws) that brought us to this precise situation. It is also fair to mention that the obsession with Human Rights bills created such an entangled legal web that now they hamper the states' ability to counter terrorism in a more expeditious way. For these reasons, my dear readers, a Martial Law – and the derogation of rights that comes with it – will eventually be declared across Europe, and perhaps even in the US (depending on whom is elected this coming Fall).
Governments do well to prepare themselves; especially after the political harm has been done. The situation is clear and worrisome:
- Europe has right now thousands of Islamist operatives waiting to be activated
- Europe's policy regarding Palestine is aiding and abetting Global Jihad efforts
- Over 10,000 children stemming from the Middle East have disappeared in Europe during the migrant crisis – even if only 10% of them are trained Jihadist operatives (some trained by ISIS, others by Hamas), Europe is facing a huge security challenge down the road
- Human Rights groups, supported by special interest groups, aid and abet Islamist subversive activities and terror – and they will start scaremongering campaigns against governments, against martial law (implying a military coup is on the way, that democracy is under attack) and reminding that nothing, not even life and security of person [article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights], justifies the suppression of rights and freedoms...
In face of this dire situation and in order to fight the scourge of terrorism, martial law may be exactly what western countries will need. However, this martial law will require political adjustments otherwise we will indeed incur the risk of opening doors to coup d'états.
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