If you sit and watch through the state-run news media (ARD and ZDF) of Germany, there's this odd conversation over the past couple of days over Paris, ISIS, terror, threats, and the future.
It's difficult for the intellectual geeks, the journalists, and the political folks to sit there and relate some form of calm to the 'storm'.....because you can't really predict where this will conclude. Nor can you really explain how this jihadist group of guys and gals think in the relative world. Disconnecting the jihadist group from the regular Muslim group.....then you have to explain group A fits into a round-hole and group B can only fit in a square-hole, and each operates with the same operator's manual. For the normal German sitting at home.....it might as well be nuclear physics because nothing makes much sense.
Huns, the German, will sit there for hours and keep hoping some slow-speaking but witty political guy emerges and carves this up into bit-sized pieces of logic and dictates four easy steps of 'recovery' for the 'bad' guys. Eventually.....Huns will realize that the normal solution segment that Channel One or Channel Two news media folks prescribe.....doesn't exist and can't exist in this type of 'mad' world.
So you reach this German phenomenon of existence for this problem with five simplistic segments.
First, whatever God these radical guys have....is apparently not the same God as most everyone else. It'll be hard to explain anything, unless you throw this fact up front and just admit in one big broad swipe....these jihad guys are on some profound religious experience with a pretty cruel, savage, and homicidal deity.
Second, after you generally ask everyone who knows any of these wild characters (from the last decade), you generally have a list of nice comments spoken by friends, relatives and associates.....then they generally note that the guy or gal fits into one of two characteristics. They either smoke a fair amount of marijuana, or they fit easily into "LOSER" status.
The LOSER status comes up because none of them have real trades, crafts, property ownership, family connections that are important, etc.
The pothead thing? Well, it's hard to say if it's just a trend, or if it's a end-result of burned-out brain cells.
Third, it's generally laid out with most all of the participants in this group....they've reached some point where they need to get ahead, feel part of some big mass movement, or feel part of some dynamic cause on the verge of something big. Oddly, there's some entry-ticket into some dead-zone or heaven that comes up with participation in this behavior.
A German usually doesn't want to do something unless there's some ticket or built-in reward at the end. It's like paying more taxes, and knowing some distribution will occur and the underachievers will get lifted up. If there was no free ticket or entry deal for the after-life, well, it'd kinda make you ask stupid questions.
Fourth, in an odd way.....you can't talk about this conversion that you had in life with anyone who matters. You are told over and over.....well....those folks just won't understand so it's best to just keep quiet and let them be shocked later. It's a generally successful brain-washing technique that works as long as the case-worker, brain-washer, or head-dimwit can control your actions.
Fifth and most critical of all the gimmicks here....God can't do nothing, so you need to act in God's big plan and carry out his personal wishes and desires. Obviously, if you were thinking for just a minute.....you'd ask why God can't just throw some disease at some crowd, or dream up a meteor to hit the middle of Minneapolis or Wales, or just knock them dead with a plain old vanilla lightning bolt (the kind that always seems to work in the middle of a good five-star storm).
Free-thinking or reflection of the big picture or rationalizing consequences.....the typical German behavior that you'd always expect? Well.....it's none existent. A German would think over a bunch of things in his garage or on the balcony.....ask stupid questions, and eventually tell the imbecile religious instructor that he can't find the logic in those statements.
If these jihadists just stayed off in their own land or area, and just worked on making their place better....Germans really wouldn't care, and things would work to some degree.
But in the case, the German is stuck with some thug-like religious hooligans who can't handle reality, their religion, and certainly don't care about living. The rest of this story is that the German is also stuck with political figures, intellectuals and journalists that mostly talk, and talk, and talk. A discussion group usually goes nowhere and the viewer reaches a level where they think they should have watched that Bee Gees special on the ARTE network or watched a pelican documentary on one of the state-run networks.
In the end, the German does the only thing left in his logical mind....he goes out and casts a vote for some radical thug folks of another extreme who will prescribe the rowdy and harsh treatment for the problem. We could probably write volumes on this solution, but it's the German vision of fixing a problem with the few marginal elements left on the table.