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Carolyn Williams-Gerdes is a writer and communications strategist based in Berlin. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)A day after truck plowed through a Christmas market in one of Berlin's busiest shopping areas, killing 12 people, no one is disputing that it was a deliberate act. Yet German authorities initially appeared reluctant to describe the incident as an act of terrorism.