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Thursday, January 07, 2016

After the gang rapes, does Michael Gerson still admire Germany for taking Syrian refugees?



Michael Gerson of the Washington Post visited Dachau (props to a columnist actually hitting the field) and wrote a column on December 10, 2015, "Germany’s defiant decency in the refugee crisis":
In a place synonymous with death, life has taken an unexpected turn. The radiating crisis of the Middle East has reached Bavaria in the form of refugees, welcomed to Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Officials in the Dachau region were told to prepare for 1,200. There are now about 1,600; there will probably be 2,000 by year-end.
By way of comparison, our entire country has taken in about 1,800 Syrian refugees in the past two years.
My thought at the time was, well, Germany has this thing covered, no need for the United States to get involved. We have taken in refugees from Somali, Yemen and other Muslim nations. From Ian Tuttle of the National Review: "Between 1983 and 2004, the United States resettled just over 55,000 Somali refugees, 13,000 of them in 2004 alone. After a dip in the mid-2000s, Somali refugee resettlement picked back up: 27,000 Somalis entered the U.S. from 2008 to 2013, making the country the fourth-largest source of refugees in that period, behind only Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan."

Gerson praised German response:
How have Germans reacted? Lowl said that more than 1,000 volunteers were helping in resettlement efforts. “It is really the whole of society that has responded,” he told me. The first thing refugees see at the gymnasium processing center are posters made by German schoolchildren. “Jeder ist willkommen,” reads one: “All are welcome.” At an open house allowing neighbors to examine refugee housing — in an upscale neighborhood where the head of Audi lives — a volunteer told me, “Germans are proud of themselves, and a little surprised.”
Merkel’s role is certainly unexpected. She is generally known as a deliberate, cautious politician. But by accepting perhaps 1 million refugees this year, she is also assuming the largest risk of her political career. Germans debate whether she intended to issue a welcome quite so broad. But she has not backed down. “If we had not shown a friendly face,” she said, “that’s not my country.”
This flash of defiant decency may come from being the daughter of a Protestant pastor. But it also reflects the confidence of a leader who has dominated German politics for a decade and become, without dispute, the most important leader in Europe (as well as Time magazine’s Person of the Year).
Left out is she was a political operative in East Germany's police state.

What surprised me was not the change from putting to death two-thirds of European Jewry in World War II, but how Germany seemed to abandon its concern about gastarbeiters -- Turkish Muslim immigrants who do menial labor -- who refused to assimilate. Keeping Germany German -- according to Gerson -- no longer is a priority.

Liberals call this evolving.

Gerson ended the column:
In any case, it is Germany taking leadership in the cause of human dignity, and taking the risks inherent to leadership. This was the way the United States once imagined itself, which seems like long ago.
Those right-wing, racist, etc., etc.'s protested and raised hysterical concerns about public safety. The German government denounced rallied by the Pegida group, denouncing them as Islamophobes and Xenophobes.

On New Year's Eve thousands of Muslim gang raped hundreds of German women in dozen cities in a a coordinated terrorist attack designed to strike fear among Germans the way the violent killings in Krystallnacht struck fears among Jews.

Germany can have all the Muslim refugees. The United States should not accept another one of them until we can discern which ones want to assimilate, and which ones want to rape and pillage.

18 comments:

  1. Until it's their own wives and daughters who are raped or assaulted, people like Gerson will double down on their ideology. It's never a "problem" as long as someone else bears the cost.

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    1. When it'll be their own daughters, they'll triple down.

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    2. Resettle all Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the greater DC area. It's the one part of the country immune to downturns economically.
      Put ankle bracelets on the refugees so they can't get beyond the Beltway.
      Then, let in as many as you want.

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    3. No, forced to choose between ideology and the safety of their families they will choose ideology. See Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential debate.

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    4. No, forced to choose between ideology and the safety of their families they will choose ideology. See Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential debate.

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    5. Oh my goodness is that an excellent comment. Thank you very much, Michael Kochin

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  2. My recollection from years back was that the Germans did not want the Turks assimilated, and did not accept Turkish children who lived their entire lives in Germany. Not a good idea, but not surprising. I doubt the Turks would accept Germans born in Turkey as Turkish.

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  3. Now we know that not just Germany, but Austria, Australia, Sweden, Finland and others. The gov'ts are trying to keep it all quite. There will be damage at the polls next election time in some of these countries. Think LaPenn.

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  4. No more "Ein Volk, Ein Reich,..." - Elric

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  5. Norway is setting up training centers to attempt to train Muslim men to respect Western women's rights. Not reality, IMO. Having lived in the south during the bad old segregation days, I saw that changing mindsets was extremely hard. And usually racism was not a religious founded belief as it is with Islam. I think I can safely say that death came to people I knew without their minds being changed by the civil rights effort and the laws to enforce it.

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    1. Too bad they don't retrain them (in jail) to respect the rights of all women. Not all cultures equal and Islam is one which definitely falls below the bar.

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    2. Too bad they don't retrain them (in jail) to respect the rights of all women. Not all cultures equal and Islam is one which definitely falls below the bar.

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  6. They're not "immigrants". They're not "refugees".

    They're colonists.

    The West is being colonized. They have no intention of assimilating.

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  7. There are few people I respect less than Gerson. A homeless alcoholic with an abscessed groin and three teeth rates higher.

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  8. Here's a great article about how the BBC covers up for the left's agenda with Muslim immigration:

    --Almost a full week after the horrendous sexual assaults carried out in Cologne and other cities across Germany, the BBC finally, but very begrudgingly, aired a report on last night’s edition of Newsnight. Better late than never?

    Well no, not really.

    In their defence it must have been a terrible few days for the propagandists up at Broadcasting House. As the world started to slowly realise what had happened in Germany on New Year’s Eve, the corporation, like its fellow Islamic-apologists in the western European liberal press, were hoping and praying it would all blow over.

    And had it not been for social media it might well have done just that.--

    http://www.davidsedgwick.co.uk/blog/review-newsnight-bbc2-january-6th-2015

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  9. Here's a great article about how the BBC covers up for the left's agenda with Muslim immigration:

    --Almost a full week after the horrendous sexual assaults carried out in Cologne and other cities across Germany, the BBC finally, but very begrudgingly, aired a report on last night’s edition of Newsnight. Better late than never?

    Well no, not really.

    In their defence it must have been a terrible few days for the propagandists up at Broadcasting House. As the world started to slowly realise what had happened in Germany on New Year’s Eve, the corporation, like its fellow Islamic-apologists in the western European liberal press, were hoping and praying it would all blow over.

    And had it not been for social media it might well have done just that.--

    http://www.davidsedgwick.co.uk/blog/review-newsnight-bbc2-january-6th-2015

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  10. What is this with so many Somalis and Muslims in general being shipped here? What we need is some good, old fashioned bigots in charge of immigration. I am being serious. You can let as many Ethiopians you want in this country. They're very nice people and they are Christian (they adopted Christianity before most of Europe). But I have some grave reservations about letting Muslims into this country.

    I say "bigotry" tongue-in-cheek. What I really mean is that the people we bring here need to be culturally compatible with the rest of the United States.

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