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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 27, 2013 at 10:58

Why is Germany missing from the list? I would like to believe, out of optimism, I have an explanation to offer.

Arts, literature in part define German identity. The slogan "Lander der Dichter und Denker" - "Land of poets and thinkers" describes this feature. One outspoken critic of Islam I identify as a possible target is Ralph Giordano. But he is a writer. Attacking him means attacking German identity. Even worse, he is a Jew. 24hour police protection of Jewish synagogues illustrates the second link. Attacking a Jew means attacking the German state.

What would public reaction look like in an assassination scenario? Springer publishes Germany's biggest newspaper Bild. Springer is pro-Israel and would easily turn openly against Islam. Politicians cannot censor a paper that big (not without being targeted by a big tabloid in their private lives. Not without having all politician's academic publications checked for fraud ) .

The most prominent islamist is Pierre Vogel. A German born who turned from boxing to preaching. Would he approve of any open violence?

German police is widely accepted as a friendly force. We believe public order is the job of the population itself. I expect the people to delegate a little less to the police and act on their own initiative in the event of violence from Islamists. Perhaps a violent mob?

Islam rises far above a minority issue given a population of 3 million (more or less) Turks. Compared against that muslim group, the Islamists are a clear minority. Their convictions are disputed by that group. Would the Turkish majority defend an Islamist attack in Germany? I guess not.

Summing it all up I see considerable social control at work coming from all majorities and minorities. I do not expect any insider, a resident in Germany, to attempt an assassination.

Here's some illustration to watch social control at work. Henryk Broder writes for the German paper "Die Welt" published by Springer. He as a Jew and Hamed Abdel-Samad as a Muslim, toured Germany for TV. Together they find the facts about Jews and Muslims in German every-day-life. Watch Broder dressed in a Burqa on the Oktoberfest in Munich.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spDfLFrtAB4

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Interesting video made by the renowned Broder. It illustrates what someone can do wearing a burqa (not even a woman). He gets some noteworthy comments; for example, the young Turk tells him that "September 11 was planned by the Jews, and George Bush and Dings"

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