If some in Germany still believed their country’s opposition to the Iraq war would spare it from terrorism, then they have suffered a rude awakening. The arrests of three men who were allegedly plotting imminent massive bomb attacks against US interests come less than a week before the anniversary of September 11th.
Responding to suggestions that the men nursed a profound hatred of American citizens, US Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff said: “so it is a sobering reminder of the fact that six years after 9/11, the intent of al-Qaeda and its allies to wage war on the west remains very much unabated.”
Investigators say the US air base at Ramstein was one of the primary targets, along with Frankfurt International Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, and a major transport hub for the US military en route for Iraq and Afghanistan. But officials say those arrested may also have been planning to attack other facilities associated with Americans, like nightclubs and pubs.
The German arrests are the second time in as many days that a plot has allegedly been thwarted. Eight alleged islamic militants said to have links with Al Qaeda were arrested by the Danish authorities on Tuesday. German officials have used the arrests to call for tougher anti-terrorism laws.