Monday, December 19, 2016

A Day of Unbelievable News

Unfortunately, today had some unbelievable, albeit tragic, news headlines.

The first was that there was an apparent terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. This was done in similar style to the one done in Nice on July 14th (France's national holiday, known as Bastille Day in English-speaking countries), where a truck driver plowed through thick crowds fr maximum damage.

This is not the first such tragedy, or even terrorist attack, in Germany, but it is the biggest one that I believe that country has faced to date. 

In all, 12 people were killed, and 48 were injured, and the most recent reports suggest that the police are treating this as a terrorist attack. 

The second bit of news came from Turkey, where Russia's ambassador, Andrey G. Karlov, was shot to death before television cameras by an off duty police officer, who then shouted "Aleppo" and "revenge" and "Allahu Akbar" after murdering the foreign diplomat. 

These two news stories do not appear to be linked, although in some regards, they both appear to be acts of terror. More specifically, they both will likely exacerbate the situation with the Syrian war and, potentially, with Syrian refugees, although that is just a personal observation and guess, and not necessarily what will come to pass.

Still, a day of very strange, terrible, and tragic news. RIP to the Russian ambassador, Andrey G. Karlov, and RIP especially to those innocent victims in the Berlin attack today. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

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