Germany just averted its own Jan. 6 uprising

The lesson this week is that the crazies are getting more radical and infecting one another across borders with their conspiracy theories and violent fantasies.



December 8, 2022 - 1:53 PM

Police stand outside a residence that they raided on Dec. 7, 2022, in Berlin, Germany. Law enforcement agencies conducted raids nationwide, arresting 25 people whom they claim are in an organization bent on violently overthrowing the German government. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images/TNS)

The police raid was apparently the largest in postwar German history. Early on Wednesday morning, some 3,000 officers from various branches of federal and regional law enforcement swept across 11 of Germany’s 16 states as well as locations in Austria and Italy, arresting at least 25 people — including a Russian woman — and questioning many more. Some of the suspects were heavily armed, a few even had training in the German army’s special-operations units. One, an elderly aristocrat known as Heinrich (Henry) XIII, had already been designated as Germany’s next leader. 

With this crackdown, it appears, the Germans disrupted plans for a full-bore putsch. Fittingly, putsch is a German word that migrated into English. The Weimar Republic survived several attempted coups until it succumbed in 1933. The U.S. used to think it was immune to such sedition, until it too had to withstand an attack on its Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

Can this really be happening? Are our democracies really under such existential threat from loonies, extremists and domestic terrorists?

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