The gates were opened willy-nilly, without the authorities being able to properly screen and record the people coming in, let alone prepare them for the culture that was about to host them.
It was ridiculous in every sense of the way, totally unacceptable by any logical standard, and yet it was done, all in the name of ‘goodness.’
Chancellor Angela Merkel declared she was rising to the occasion, crafting a Europe that didn’t turn away the poor and unfortunate in their time of greatest need — personally I believe she saw a chance to consolidate a theory of human rights, which ended up flunking, and one could hardly be surprised; the policy was so ill-conceived, underfunded and understaffed, it didn’t stand a chance.
It was tempting though, one has to admit. Politicians love gambling on do-good concepts because they can always say they did it to help people — the perfect alibi — but the open-gates policy was extremely ill-conceived and under-prepped. More than a million people, some say 1.5 million, over the course of a year? Outrageous! To be a victim of such poor planning and thinking, to be ruled by one’s runaway conscience, not to mention the wily politics of those stirring the deep waters, playing into their hands, what a rookie mistake. How did Merkel not see through this? Her advisors? What kind of Bay of Pigs mindset were they occupying? To play into the hands of agitators and opportunists — see Putin’s Russia and Erdogan’s Turkey, stoking the fire, pushing the influx toward Europe — as well as the zealots posing as do-gooders and world-savers — the old socialist, communist, neo-liberal manifestarians — not to mention the damn neo-cons and their precious ‘wars for democracy and freedom’ that serve only to prop sectarians in power, keeping their angry grassroots satisfied that ‘tough things are being done to save the world’ (is anyone watching this and not laughing out loud?) — all of these players were in the mix, stirring the waters, with plenty to gain whichever way things went because it would give them a stronger platform for their agendas — damn, what a blunder! Merkel, what were you thinking, girl? Did you and your team forget the first dictum of political science: when others are stupid, be smart!
Angela Merkel, a seasoned politician, should have known better. Opening the gates the way she did resulted not just in a willy-nilly approach to charity and human rights, undermining the legitimacy of the cause; it also prevented the proper screening and integration of the asylum seekers. It gave an impression of the country acting on a moral whim, reason be damned. Something Britain during and after the vote for Brexit. All bluster and ideology, no real plan to back anything up, only Santa-like, helpful in nature. ‘The right thing to do.’
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Angela Merkel, a seasoned politician, should have known better. Opening the gates the way she did resulted not just in a willy-nilly approach to charity and human rights, undermining the legitimacy of the cause; it also prevented the proper screening and integration of the asylum seekers. It gave an impression of the country acting on a moral whim, reason be damned.
Like it or not, this is what happened in Germany last year, and it took away the authorities’ ability to identify and target all atrocities like the one above, the lorry smashing into the Christmas market by the Wilhelm Kaiser Church, as crimes.
Now they’re something worse: side-effects of a blind, self-righteous, indulgent, uppity and self-crippling policy.
See, if the asylum seekers had been allowed into Germany according to a measured, informed, carefully applied procedure based on hard facts and numbers — if the entire process of granting asylum to immigrants and refugees were unswayed by political reflex — no one would, or could, blame the administration when one or two or twenty asylum seekers committed heinous crimes like plow a lorry into a crowded market. The sole blame would lie with the criminals themselves, end of story.
But since the crimes were committed by asylum seeker granted entry via a questionable process — and here it’s good to remember the New Year’s Eve Sexual Assaults Crisis, which authorities first attempted to cover up, then owned up to — it all came into question, most of all the policy behind the process, and the lack of process behind the operation. The open-the-gates policy had been conducted on the premise of human-rights sectarianism, all hot-air and do-gooder bluster with no logic to back it up, all moralism and no plan, everything subject to a hazy understanding of human rights so grossly misapplied it didn’t even sell among the supporters of the party proposing it, let alone the grand populace — and with this in the background, the Germans were now quick to regard any crime committed by an asylum-seeker, especially a crime so heinous, as a side-effect, assigning blame to the people responsible for the slipshod policy that allowed the criminal into the country, and one can’t blame them for reacting so angrily. Casting aspersions at the politicians responsible for the open-the-gates fiasco became a way to protest the illogic that undersigned it. All the people who’d supported the policy on the basis of an ideological agenda so devoid of common sense, so pretentious and weak it resembled the fanaticism and wishful thinking of the racist opposition — all these people were called out.
Sadly, there was plenty of racism to go with the anger. Another sick side-effect of this no-brains policy, which its proponents fail to grasp. The more stupid the ways in which they advocate human rights, the harder they make it for human rights to be defended.
There’s no greater threat to a cause than a misguided champion, or misguided and ill-advised policies. They undermine what they claim to support, damaging it like no enemy ever could.
Watch this space for Parts 5, 6, and 7