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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rescuing Refugees, Risking Cultural Upheaval

"She does not want to be -- she refuses to be -- the person who witnessed a serious fracture of the European Union."
"She will throw money at a problem, as with Greece. She will admit an unlimited number of refugees. And she will go down in history as a great European who defended the Union no matter what."
"There is no real plan beyond buying time to get the rest of Europe on board."
Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief, Bild Online, Germany
Photo Gallery: Asylum Home Violence a Rising Concern
Close Quarters: Asylum Shelters in Germany Struggle with Violence -- DPA Spiegel online International -- Police officers at the hostel in Suhl. Facility offices were trashed and three police officers were injured, along with 10 residents in an altercation here
"A store owner in the Saxon town of Pirna said he is now selling up to 200 cans of pepper spray each day, compared to five cans a week before the migrant crisis began. He said he is seeing many new customers who are not the typical clientele, including women of all ages and men who are buying weapons for their wives."
"Günter Fritz, the owner of a gun shop in Ebersbach, another town in Saxony, told RTL News, "Since September, all over Germany, also at my shop, sales of self-defense products have exploded." He added that his clients come from all walks of life, ranging "from the professor to the retired lady. All are afraid."
"Andreas Reinhardt, a gun shop owner in the northern German town of Eutin, said he now sells four to five self-defense weapons each day, compared to around two per month before the recent influx of asylum seekers. "The current social upheaval is clearly driving the current rush to self-defense," he said. "I never thought that fear would spread so quickly," he added."
"Eric Thiel, the owner of a gun shop in Flensburg, a city on the Baltic Sea coast, said that pepper spray is no longer available: "Everything is sold out. New supplies will not arrive until March. Everything that has to do with self-defense is booming enormously."
"Wolfgang Mayer, the owner of a gun shop in Nördlingen, a town in Bavaria, said he has an explanation for the surge in gun licenses: "I think with the influx of refugees, the rise in break-ins and the many tricksters, the people are demanding greater protection."
"Mayer added that there is a growing sense within German society that the state cannot adequately protect its citizens and therefore they have to better protect themselves. "Since the summer, sales of pepper spray have increased by 50%," Mayer said, adding that buyers are mainly women, of all ages — from the student in the city up to the widowed grandmother."
Soeren Kern -- Germans Stock Up on Weapons -- Gatestone Institute 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been determined to 'do the right thing', and she has assured the German population that "Wir schaffen das" [We can do this] and so she will and she has, and so will Germans, even those who have found themselves in a new reality where they are in a minority position in small-town Germany, overwhelmed by the presence of Muslim refugees, the new majority in their towns where their heritage, customs and values will now become even more threatened.

The irony abounds, in fact. Chancellor Merkel determined in her support of both the European Union, its values, and the welfare of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and wherever else the world of Islam has failed its faithful, causing them to flee violence and destitution, hoping for a more promising future in Europe where a gradual influx of Muslims is slowly changing Europe into something it has never been. Irony? The fact that the EU was a pan-European construction that hoped to avert future wars, through a sense of European integration, amity and unity.

Not that Germany hasn't already welcomed a massive influx of Muslim immigrants over the years, particularly Turks, brought to Germany originally as temporary labourers, whom German authorities felt would eventually leave, but never have. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has busied himself championing German Turks whose presence has occasionally been seen as a problem demographic with demands for extraordinary Muslim entitlements. In fact, the overall Muslim presence in Germany stood at approximately five million even before the incursion of an additional million this year.

The presence of the million refugees brought back, no doubt a painful memory dating to 1945, and the end of World War Two with the collapse of the Third Reich. Some see the reception of a million refugees as a type of German redemption for the horrors of the Holocaust. Germany will now host six million Muslims; an exchange for the six million Jewish lives that were systematically destroyed in a mad paroxysm of lethally morbid anti-Semitism brought to its final conclusion. Will offering a new life to Muslims compensate for offering death to Jews?

The Jews of Europe were integrated into European life, they had lived there for a thousand years, as Europeans who happened to be Jews. Muslims in Europe have not integrated into European life; their sheer numbers wherever they settle give them the power of assertiveness and they demand to be treated in a manner unlike any other demographic within Europe, with their own legal system, their culture, values and religion honoured by those who harbour no interest in them whatever. And they have brought a new vibrant scourge of anti-Semitism guised as anti-Zionism to Europe.

Those Jews left alive and their descendants post-Holocaust now understand quite clearly that Europe no longer can nourish their spirits, since it is increasingly incapable of defending their physical presence. And German Protestants whose spirit of generosity bids them welcome war-torn refugees are conflicted with uncertainty in the face of witnessing their culture diminished with the presence of a religion patently hostile to all other religions, despite their common 'Abrahamic' roots.

Germans now are coping with a steep rise in crime, and particularly rapes. These target not only the refugees themselves, vulnerable women and girls in temporary shelter crowded with the presence of single men whose original cultures degraded and subjugated women, but women and girls of German origin finding themselves no longer safe to be in public streets unaccompanied by men who will protect them from unwanted attention from migrants roaming those same streets, browsing for opportunities.

More concerning even than the mass brawls have been reports of the rising...
More concerning even than the mass brawls have been reports of the rising number of sexual assaults at refugee facilities in the country. "We are in an extremely critical situation," says the federal government's commissioner for abuse, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig -- DPA -- Speigel online International

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