During recent terror alerts in Munich and other German cities, police special forces units have demonstrated that they know what they are doing.
They quickly arrived at the scene, secured the area, evacuated civilians, communicated professionally and swiftly conducted their investigations. The management of these operations was exemplary, and the level-headed approach taken by law enforcement officers had a calming effect on citizens.
Lawmakers and the media alike have had nothing but praise for these efforts, and rightfully so. But in the same breath, politicians with the center-right Christian Democratic Union are dusting off what should be a non-starter: the domestic deployment of the German armed forces.
They could hardly be doing a bigger favor to terrorists and extremists, who are inflaming the mood in Germany, fueling fear and suspicion and trying to amplify the general sense of insecurity even further.