Governments make announcements all of the time. Sometimes those announcements are purely for the intended purpose of influencing the populace to act in a certain way to benefit certain groups of people, such as when governments say that people should spend more money to stimulate the economy.
Other times, governments make announcements out of genuine concern for their people (after all, if their people die, who will pay for all of the government spending?). This second type of announcement should get your attention because it may mean something that you need to think about and deal with.
So, in this light, a recent announcement in Germany should have Germans panicked and maybe Americans, too. The German government called for Germans to stockpile food and water “in case of an attack or catastrophe.” Now, if a government is warning people that they can’t take care of them, this should concern that populace. Governments never do this unless they are honest (which is rare) or panicked because they see something likely coming down the pike towards them.
But, examine the wording closer: “in case of an attack or catastrophe.” Of course, the standard panic language of the threat of a terrorist attack is there. Reuters noted,
“Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.”
But notice that the German government also said that there may be a catastrophe. Maybe that is some kind of weather-related disaster or nuclear power plant meltdown, but, in reality, I think that is unlikely to be the issue. Reuters also said,
“The 69-page report [Concept for Civil Defence] does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.
However, the precautionary measures demand that people ‘prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,’ the paper cited the report as saying.”
Even the German government admits that the problem isn’t likely to be a terrorist attack but something else. I suspect that they are thinking a breakdown in basic civil society when an economy collapses. It’s no secret that the European Union, of which Germany is a key member, is having huge financial issues, especially in their banking system. Maybe the German government is frightened that another Weimar Republic economic disaster will occur. Imagine having to pay for a loaf of bread with a wheelbarrow-full of cash.
And that Weimar Republic debacle helped to cause the worldwide economic depression that the U.S. experienced as the Great Depression.
We need to take this warning from the German government seriously and get our own houses in order. Have food and drinkable water on hand and have plans to get more (grow food?), too.
What do you think that the German government’s warning could mean for us? Tell us below.