"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise." Voltaire
A young Yazidi teenager, Shirin, not her real name, was 17 at the time when she and her school friends were snatched by Isis from her village in northern Iraq. She was held with 3,000 others in a warehouse in intolerable conditions. She was raped time and again. Eventually, she escaped and fled to Germany where she now lives in safety. (If you read German, see her book Ich bleibe eine Tochter des Lichts.) This is the other side of the refugee crisis. Ought we to turn such people away? Of course not. What we need to really ask ourselves is whether Merkel's 'open door' policy is right for the German people, for Europe, but is it also right for those like Shirin who have fled such horrors?
Going primarily after the refugees themselves actually solves very little ― not excluding pulling out the criminals from among them, but then, who knows who they are? What we should really be doing is apprehending those who brought all this horrendous business about in the first place: the western politicians who meddled in matters that were none of their business. Would that they could be brought before a just court and thrown in to jail for all the suffering, destruction and death they have brought about.
Clearly, Merkel's approach is a total disaster. By inviting all and sundry to come to Germany she has opened the floodgates to chaos. In the end, she and those alongside her in the EU, will in the end be a help to no one. Their actions will be the cause of huge resentment and anger. First, there must be a clear distinction made between those genuinely fleeing terror and those entering for other reasons, economic, or with some evil intent. Each must be dealt with in a different way, some not even being allowed across the borders or booted out on arrival. Who knows but that Shirin's tormentors have also entered Germany as refugees? Second, you do not invite people to stay with you unless you first have somewhere to house them. Finally and most importantly, no western politicians seem to be asking the question, still less answering it, as to how this mass exodus began, where did Isis come from? What lies at the heart of this human tragedy? We do know the answers and so do our governments. This must be the theme for a different article at another time. It was perfectly predictable and some did predict it; the much maligned Vladimir Putin was one who did so. Unless the root cause is dealt with honestly and decisively, at the moment this seems highly unlikely to happen, the problem will grow and could well spell the end of an undivided, peaceful Europe.
What will happen now to all the immigrants and refugees in Germany after being encouraged to come to Europe by ‘Mutti’ Merkel? Will they ever decide to return home should peace return as some German politicians suppose? Back in the 1960s and 70s, many thought Turkish immigrants would do just that, which is after all why they were called ‛guest workers’. Some did return, but most did not and today there remain some 1.55 million with Turkish citizenship still in the country. This equates roughly to the 1.5 million new refugees and asylum seekers that were allowed into the country in this past year alone. 840,000 Turks have acquired German citizenship with the figure still rising. Almost 3 million German residents have Turkish origins of some kind, or 3.7% of the population. To these we must add refugees and immigrants who have come from the Middle East, Africa and other places. However, the influx of immigrants now underway is on a far larger scale than anything experienced in the past.
Having been given an open invitation to come Germany, this is where these people want to settle. They passed through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria ―although now all of these countries seem to have reached the limits of their tolerance and are imposing restrictions or erecting high razor wire fences. Immigrants are barred, quite understandably, from settling in Hungary where the population once suffered appalling oppression at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. When Germany has taken her quota, and it is now getting close, using her strength within the EU, Merkel will doubtless turn to bullying everyone else into ‛taking their fair share’ of immigrants. Interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, in a recent unprecedented outburst in the Bundestag, threatened retribution in the form of sanctions upon those countries trying to ‛shift the collective problem onto our back’. Austria has already set a cap on the number of asylum seekers allowed across its borders each day, despite claims by EU officials that this contravenes European law. This will have a huge knock-on effect on Germany adding considerably to the flow of 1.5 million refugees allowed into the country this past year.
Merkel’s current actions amount to foolishness in the extreme and will never bring the kind of peace or quiet integration and assimilation anticipated, quite the opposite in fact. When will these woolly headed, liberal politicians realise that their measures will only achieve the very opposite of what they intend? Immigrants are right now at each other’s throats in the refugee camps in Germany, nation against nation. What will happen when these people take over whole districts of German cities and towns as they have done in overcrowded Brussels with disastrous consequences? Will Berlin-Neukölln become a new Molenbeek?
According to reports reaching Authentic Comment, many within the indigenous German and Austrian populations are now cautious about walking through some suburbs of their cities and at night in town centres, something unimaginable only a few years ago. Drunken, predatory packs of immigrants hang around railway stations and they are becoming no-go areas even for young women returning home from work in the evening. This is the reality. Full of cheap booze and curry wurst, the men look for an opportunity to grab women’s breasts and buttocks, steal kisses or hurl sexual abuse in a hardly coherent German. They fight each other, urinate and defecate in the bushes, fall over and vomit. Police and local authorities are reluctant to identify the miscreants as immigrants, generally referring to them as being of North African origin, countries not designated danger zones by Germany. After many complaints of sexual harassment by Moroccans, Germany is no longer accepting refugees from there. Responding to public pressure, police patrols have been stepped up in most places. The centre of German towns were always relatively safe places as were those in Austria even late at night. All this has changed. Germany is rapidly becoming a very different country. This is what politicians like Merkel and her cronies have done to these once peaceful towns and cities; they are fully to blame.
The sex attacks in Cologne on New Year's Eve when hundreds of women were targeted by mobs of immigrants was repeated in most large German cities. A sense of outrage has grown up where before there was some sympathy towards the newcomer in their midst. First-hand accounts of robbery and fighting in other German cities involving immigrants have reached Authentic Comment. The public media has chosen not to report the true extent of these misdemeanours; politicians are in denial and some have even blamed the victims for being too close to immigrants; police are mysteriously absent when needed, unwilling to help or simply being overwhelmed. There is considerable evidence of the police playing down immigrant crime and not pursuing complaints against immigrants. A recent video shows three Afghan immigrants assaulting a pensioner on the Munich underground. This happened after already being refused asylum, but they were not deported because it is 'too dangerous' for them to return home. Understandably, this has caused widespread outrage. Time to get real, Mrs Merkel!
There are still 73 cases of sexual assault outstanding from crimes committed on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Stories of rape circulate, heightening the widespread fear. A report from the German Federal Criminal Office (BKA), meant only for the eyes of police and government officials, but leaked to the Bild Zeitung, reveals that more than 200,000 crimes were committed by refugees in 2015, a rise of 79% over the previous year, coinciding with the time hundreds of thousands of migrants were pouring into Germany. Hamburg, Bremen and North Rhine-Westphalia, where the centre left SPD govern, submitted no refugee criminal data to the BKA. Again, reports of an increase in immigrant crime in these cities have reached Authentic Comment. Those among the largest group of asylum seekers, namely from Syria and Afghanistan, are least likely to be involved in any crime. The report also warned of a ‘growing trend’ of terror suspects mingling with genuine refugees. They had knowledge of 266 persons suspected of being ‘fighters and members of terrorist organisations abroad’. 80 have been ruled out, 186 are still pending full investigation. Cologne prosecutors received 1,037 criminal complaints over the New Year, 446 allegations of sexual assault and three of them of rape. Criminal proceedings have begun against 50 individuals, 11 of whom are in custody. Despite this, there are frequent reports of police failing to investigate complaints.
News bosses in Germany have complained that Merkel’s government has been quick to dictate what the media can report on sex attacks attributed to immigrants. The government introduced what amounts to a news blackout on the Cologne incidents. According to Dr Wolfgang Herles, former head of the German public TV channel ZDF, journalists are being instructed only to write reports that are to Mrs Merkel’s liking. No one, it seems, is permitted to write anything negative about refugees. Journalism must operate within guidelines that coincide with an agenda laid down by the political class. News of the Cologne attacks only began to filter through to the news channels four days after the events and then only in a form acceptable to the government.
EU leaders have been quick to dispute that there exists any link between the wave of sex attacks such as those in Cologne at New Year and the migrant crisis. Fearing a public backlash, the European Commission is keen to show that the increase in the number of criminal acts in Cologne were to quote the president of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, ‘a matter of public order and not related to the refugee crisis.’ They are striving to remove what they see as ‘false associations’ between increase in criminal acts and the mass influx of refugees. That the general public remains for the large part unconvinced is evidenced by the frequent protests by hundreds of people waving German flags and carrying banners such as that with the slogan ‘Rapefugees Not Welcome’.
The Germans face two clear problems. One, asylum seekers and refugees are unlikely to want to return home should peace return to Syria. They will naturally want to stay put in Germany where they receive generous benefit payments and the prospect of employment and wages unimaginable at home. Nor will they want to move on to other countries where these advantages hardly exist. It is also difficult, even unfair after inviting them, to try to dislodge people after their children have settled into school are maybe at university or settled in an apprenticeship. As far as Germany is concerned, it does not have an altogether unblemished record on ‛guest workers’. It is worth recalling when many, especiallyTurks, were exploited shamelessly, beginning in the 1960s. Will this be repeated? It is time to dust off our copy of Günter Wallraff’s book Ganz Unten and reread it. The English version, Lowest of the Low, is now almost unobtainable. Wallraff’s film can still be accessed online in German (see our video page). The indications are, that history will be repeated with a vengeance. In areas of Lower Saxony where pig production is a major industry, meat factories have been exploiting Eastern European workers for decades with low wages, appalling living conditions, no health insurance, no work contract, the threat of instant dismissal and nowhere to live. The German provincial government has been struggling in recent months to deal with this issue, largely as a result of trades union pressure.
The second problem is that some countries, especially the poorer ones in eastern and southern Europe, have made it clear that they cannot take in these people, nor could they reasonably be expected to do so. Unemployment is high, wages are low and many wrestle with an unbelievable debt problem so that they can hardly cope with their own problems. Greece in particular can hardly be expected to do much more. They are being screwed by the IMF and German, French and other international banks. Those in the population least able to bear the burden are facing cuts in wages, jobs, pensions. Greece is led by a government that has no backbone and is unwilling to resist anyone. They have faced an overwhelming daily influx of immigrants arriving by the boatload at Piraeus or by risking their lives in overloaded rubber boats from Turkey. Turkey has been promised billions by the EU after threatening to flood Europe with refugees. Greece is receiving almost no help from outside. Its problems are exacerbated by passage for refugees through borders accessing the Baltic route to Europe being restricted or closed altogether reducing Greece to a warehouse for immigrants. This ailing country is living under threats, blackmail and constant antagonistic pressure from neighbouring Turkey. No, Germany’s approach to immigration is a threat to herself and therefore also to all other countries in the European Union. The EU is creaking at the sides, when will it totally collapse? Written before the current influx of refugees and migrants, more on Germany’s policies can be found in Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial, but well researched book first published in 2010: Deutschland Schaft sich ab. Only available in German, the title says it all: Germany does away with itself.
Nothing has been heard recently of the muted Nobel Peace Prize that could be in the offing for Mrs Merkel. Hardly surprising somehow. Yet she has continued as the most powerful woman on the planet for 10 years running. She remains number two on Forbes's Powerful People list. The German nation itself is bitterly divided on Merkel as a direct consequence of the refugee issue. They are already getting totally fed up with, if not enraged by, what is going on around them. According to the German news channel NDR, privately owned empty houses are already being forcibly taken over by the government in order to house incoming migrants. We can be sure matters will not stop at this. The expropriation of apartments has already begun, two cases have come out into the public arena at the point of writing, but there will be others. Gabrielle Keller of Eschbach has been evicted from her home of 23 years by the local council to make way for immigrants. Her neighbours have also received eviction notices. Unrelenting pressure is being put on local government by the Berlin government to find places for the flood of refugees. Container cities are mushrooming, privately owned warehouses are being sequestrated, the next step will almost certainly be the forced billeting of refugees in private homes. Many small villages are being forced to accommodate a number of immigrants far in excess of the local population. These places often have poor transport connections, no medical facilities and few if any shops.
It has been estimated that current spending for housing, food, clothing and integration will amount to £16.5 billion and another £20 billion next year. 1.1 million immigrants arrived in Germany last year of which in excess of 300,000 have been granted asylum. Merkel's popularity has sunk to rock bottom as she continues to refuse to set a cap on the numbers entering the country. She seems to be living somewhere in cloud cuckoo land shoud she imagine any migrant who once settles into a comfortable way of life in Germany will ever want to return home. She recently said in a speech, "We expect that once peace has returned to Syria, once Islamic State has been defeated in Iraq, that they will return to their countries of origin, armed with the knowledge they acquired with us." Mrs Merkel, it will not happen! Over 130,000, which is 13% of the total arriving in Germany in the past fourteen months, have disappeared without trace. They have either gone to other European states after registration or simply disappeared underground. Calculations are made on the basis of living accommodation being allocated but not taken up. According to Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of Germany’s migration office, 400,000 people are living in Germany without their identities being known to authorities. The Germans have had very little success in returning refugees even to ‘safe’ countries. A flood of 2.6 million refugees is expected by 2020. To say that Germany is in chaos does not come near the reality.
As was to be expected, opposition has not been confined to peaceful street protests. A former hotel that was being converted into a refugee centre in Bautzen, Saxony was set ablaze overnight by arsonists. Firefighters fought to save the building but were hampered at the scene by protesters. The perpetrators were caught and jailed, rightly so. There has been a surge in violence against such places in recent days. Sadly, this is set to continue or become worse and all as a result of a completely crazy refugee policy instigated by Merkel and her government. They must take responsibility for the fire they have lit. In the small town of Clausnitz, Saxony, a mob blocked a bus full of asylum seekers outside the new refugee home. Shouts were heard, ‘We are the people! Go home!’ This is a nasty throwback to unpleasant times in Germany. Here is just one more instance of escalating anti-immigrant violence, especially in the east. Where will it end?
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“Better to be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them” Herman Melville