Credit where credit is due department: An excellent bit of reporting in the Los Angeles Times on the surprise in Germany following the recognition that neutrality is not an option in the wide war against Islamist extremism. One telling passage:
Police at first suspected that the men had acted in response to Israeli military strikes in Lebanon. But investigators now believe the attack was planned before Israel’s battle with Hezbollah began in mid-July. Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police, has said the men frequented Al Qaeda websites and were angry about the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, killed in June in Iraq by a U.S. airstrike.
Read the whole thing.