WEST GERMANY: Life in a State of Siege

Fear and division triggered by a "mad operation "

"When the enemy is mad, keep still. When his fury has subsided, attack again." —Terrorist Siegfried Haag

Bonn looked like a city at war—as, in a way, it was. The fortress-like Cologne-Bonn airport north of the West German capital was filled with machine-gun-bearing border police, supplemented by plainclothes agents in unmarked cars. Barbed wire surrounded almost every government building, as well as the houses of all high-level officials. Makeshift machine-gun bunkers, constructed of stacked sandbags, appeared on the rooftops of buildings throughout...

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