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I used to believe that Merkel's decision to help a few thousand stranded refugees triggered the wave of hundreds of thousands that came after. But I stand corrected. The wave was well underway, anyway. They were simply surprised like a deer in headlights. The German government was overwhelmed by the wave that had been swelling for years though they should have seen that coming. Merkel acknowledged as much, saying she wished that they could go back in time and be more prepared. But in the same speech she proceeded to defend her 'decisions' as right. That is a double bluff.
First, the notion that there was a conscious decision. Nobody wakes up one day and thinks that we need a million asylum seekers this year. The truth is more disturbing than that: it was a near total loss of control. But still many people (pro and contra) think that a million people were deliberately let in. Why is that impression allowed to linger in the public discourse? Because Merkel still wants the Mother Theresa bonus? Because the truth would set off even more negative atavistic responses?
Secondly, the notion that we will definitely 'make it' aka "Wir schaffen das!" a subclause uttered in a press conference that was hyped by the press to the levels of a national motto. This is an actual bluff out of a motivational training seminar. It's obviously not black and white. There will be success stories, disasters, and everything in between. But the sheer numbers, the culture shock problems, the inadequacies of the system etc. will produce a large permanent new underclass along ethnic lines. A very unhealthy development for society. The bluff was predicated on the idea that long-standing social problems would be solved in short order because... now it's urgent?!
In light of that, the British attitudes look totally selfish, indecent, cynical, inhuman, and, I hate to say, somewhat rational.
Schengen is toast!
Examples : Currency with no economic convergence nor governance. Borderless travel zone with no coherent external border. Etc.
Merkel came up against that when a million refugees/migrants are trying to get to Germany (or preferably Sweden, but Germany will do). In a crisis, you improvise. Crisis = opportunity, so yeah, a demographic rejuvenation and cheap labour force probably came into it too... but I sincerely believe that, had she not opened the border, there would have been massacres further east.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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