Nicolaus Fest is an independent German journalist. He was previously employed by the tabloid Bild am Sonntag, but drew negative attention to himself by publicly expressing his Islam-critical opinions. After an editorial disagreement, he eventually left the paper, and now works as a freelance writer.
The following excerpt from a recent post by Nicolaus Fest is taken from the author’s website. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Are we at war? After the attacks in Paris that was the opinion not just of the French president, but also of [German president] Joachim Gauck and of Pope Francis. Disagreement came above all from the German media, according to whom, talk of war was excessive and hysterical. For example, according to Ulrich Kienzle and the ARD correspondent von Haaren [interviewed] on Maischberger, the attack was not a war, but a terrorist attack.
Many journalists’ fear of the idea of war is understandable. First, pacifism is part of the media consensus in this country. While the use of the national military for solely humanitarian purposes seems legitimate, while the public has been lied to for years about the true character of the Afghanistan deployment, the perception that we are at war is as surprising as it is unpleasant, not least for [its impact on] the credibility of the media.
Second, the idea of war suggests that the opponent has more troops than a few mixed-up murderers. Assaults are the modus operandi of small groups like the RAF [Red Army Faction], the Red Brigade and the IRA. War is the battle of thousands.
And the idea of war prompts a third question: With whom are we at war? With manageable units of ISIS, Al Qaida, Boko Haram? Or perhaps much larger communities, like all those who advertise their jubilant support in Muslim networks after every assault? Those like the Turkish fans four days after the attack, who saw off the moment of silence for the victims with shrill whistling.
But — fourth — it is precisely this thought that runs counter to another tenet of the leftist media’s faith — the idea of multicultural Villa Diversity. Here too, the idea of being in quasi-military confrontations with several co-habitants of the house is not helpful. That the killing of more than one hundred persons on foreign territory with military-style weapons could definitely qualify as an act of war — nobody wants to see that. So: simply an assault.