For the last couple of months the German Counterjihad has been staging the largest and most effective public demonstrations in Europe. The heart of the resistance is in what used to be East Germany, where people can still remember what it is like to live under a mendacious totalitarian regime, and are not at all willing to suffer a new one without protest. Last night’s march by PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) in Dresden drew a reported 15,000 participants.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has obviously been unnerved by these impertinent upstarts who refuse to accept her official Politically Correct Multicultural narrative. The situation has become so alarming that, before last night’s PEGIDA march took place, a sitting chancellor of the German Federal Republic took the unprecedented step of saying the following things about peaceful protesters who rallied in an orderly fashion to object to her government’s policies:
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned people against playing into the hands of xenophobes hours before an ‘anti-Islamization’ march in Dresden on Monday evening.
“Of course there’s freedom to demonstrate in Germany,” Merkel said in Berlin on Monday. “But it’s no place for agitation and mud-slinging against people who come to us from other countries.
“That’s why everyone should watch out that they aren’t being instrumentalized by the initiators of an event like this.”
The PEGIDA demonstrators have been dubbed “Nazis in pinstripes” by mainstream politicians and the press. It’s an egregious and false canard directed at ordinary people who have simply decided that they’ve had enough, and they aren’t going to take any more.
JLH has translated four articles from various German-language sources about PEGIDA and related “uprisings”. He includes this introduction:
Clipping the Flying Horse’s Wings
Already, during the early days of PEGIDA, some atavistic linguistic quirk made me equate the acronym with Pegasus, the fabulous, flying horse. The name took on a truly magical quality for me when I was reminded that this is twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was impelled in no small measure by regular demonstrations in the “heart of darkness” — East Germany. Demonstrations that were slandered and mocked by the authorities, who had once bloodily suppressed the “workers’ revolt” but had by this time grown lazy and fearful, and could not stem the popular tide led by those who would no longer be denied.
And, as Michael Mannheimer reminded us, here they are again. The outraged citizens in the street. The arrogant, disapproving authorities. The visceral opponents invested in the status quo and protecting their own stake in a future totalitarianism. Who is going to blink?
One problem is that the old GDR had the disapproval of the world to consider, but the new Keepers of the West have only their approving peers, including our own government. Let us hope that the complex of uprisings Sarrazin mentions are strong enough.
So this is a rainbow of reactions to PEGIDA, beginning with the PI enthusiasm laced with anti-regime snarkiness, moving to the head of the AfD party’s approval as contrasted with the disapproval of “officials,” then the measured but deadly response of Thilo Sarrazin, and finally an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sample of how the establishmentarian press and some government circles reply to such impertinence.
The first translation is from Politically Incorrect:
The Establishment Panics — The Masses in Dresden Are Changing Germany
by Wolfgang Hübner, Frankfurt a/M
The Green-Left-Liberal zeitgeist of the “antifa-republic” is reacting with insults, adjurations and threats to the broad, gradually accelerating popular insurgency against Islamization, uncontrolled immigration, abuse of asylum, social deterioration and gender insanity. The aggressive but fruitless attempt to isolate and smother the protest in Dresden — as well as an increasing number of other German cities and regions — by means of the tried and true methods of marginalization and the “Nazi-club” is doomed to failure. The sober reality is the powerful alliance of all those who are now freeing themselves of their passivity and are no longer allowing themselves to be tutored by politicians, media, princes of the Church and the gigantic social industry. Everything is as it should be and all that is needed is a selfless, humble welcoming culture between Flensburg and Konstanz.
What initially became evident with the founding and first election successes of AfD (Alternative for Germany) is taking on the characteristics of a mass movement against the visible, tangible and calculable aberrations in Germany which are evident to every contemporary who is paying attention. In fact, it took a long time before the grumbling at the much maligned Stammtische [regular, informal meetings at the same pub] and in countless internet forums became an active protest in the streets and squares. It is no surprise that this protest had its first mass effect in a metropolis in the East, namely Dresden. In the former GDR, there still linger the memory and the consciousness of the power of the people to budge even totally ossified circumstances.
Angela Merkel’s “no-alternative” bourgeois era of politics is still not over, but it is no longer accepted without question. To be sure, the human face of these paralyzing epochs in German history can one more time ensure with actual socialist majorities the blessing of her party — now emptied of both intellect and personnel. But the Chancellor would be just as bereft of power or argument in the face of a genuine popular movement as are members of her cabinet and all the political and media establishment, who have been emitting commentaries on the events in Dresden which are as ignorant as they are dense. This proves only one thing: The power elite are prepared for almost anything — except the unexpected uprising of the sovereign folk. Seldom until now has it become so obvious that an aloof nomenklatura can form, one that will not accept itself and its conception of social order being questioned in a completely democratic fashion.
Amidst all the happiness and enthusiasm about the most recent developments, let no one be deluded about the drive to power and pretension of this nomenklatura, which does not shy away from the unlawful methods of extreme leftist circles for its own purposes, and certainly has more of the same up its sleeve. It will be a long, difficult and sacrifice-strewn path, not just to irritate and briefly panic this federal German nomenklatura, but to remove it, with the goal of a national revival from top to bottom.
Because that can succeed only by peaceful means. That was the lesson of the first successful German revolution in 1989/90. That is also true for the new complete change that has now become necessary. As the turnaround in the former GDR was facilitated by the weakness of the Soviet Union and the eroding Eastern block, so the renewal of Germany now will probably only be possible with the decline of the USA and the crescendo of contradictions in the EU. There are many indicators, at any rate, that the German renewal will not run aground on that. This renewal must be accomplished by the people here, who are just learning how effective this cry can be: “We are the people.” Courage, women and men of Germany. Let us give substance to this thought in the sense of our anthem — “fraternally with heart and hand!”
The second article is from blu-News:
Bernd Lucke Finds PEGIDA “Right and Proper”
December 10, 2014
Tuesday, on his Facebook page, the federal spokesman of the AfD, Bernd Lucke, praised PEGIDA — which has been strongly criticized. Minister of Justice Heiko Maas had recently called the political parties to “resistance.” Lucke distanced himself from this undemocratic appeal. In fact, he aligned himself with PEGIDA, which is pursuing its goals peacefully.
There is great excitement in media land. On Tuesday, the chair of the AfD praised PEGIDA, which the media had previously pushed into the corner occupied by the radical right. Usually, policy follows such indicators. Lucke is going against the tide.
Not everyone in the AfD is happy — for various reasons
Hans-Olaf Henkel is less enthusiastic about PEGIDA. Which of them is closer to the grassroots with his judgment is difficult to say right now. Last Monday, PEGIDA could not make its evening walk through Dresden. Because of blockades by leftist and extreme leftist groups, the circa 10,000 participants remained [for hours] at the gathering point.
Lucke’s praise for PEGIDA confronts his internal critics. Parts of the base felt the absence of clear statements on Islam from their chair.* That this comment on PEGIDA will completely satisfy everyone inside the AfD is doubtful. For Lucke speaks here of a “radical Islamist philosophy,” which may seem tautological to some and weak to others. He can be reminded that there is no “political Islam” since Islam can not be separated from the inherent political idea nor from so-called “Islamism.” But even Lucke’s critics cannot gainsay his courage in confronting the media storm against PEGIDA.
Full text of Lucke’s comment:
Many people in Germany are rightly concerned about the spread of radical Islamist thought, which justifies violence against those who think differently, deprives women and girls of their natural rights, or demands the application of sharia. It is right and proper that citizens express these concerns in non-violent demonstrations. It is a sign that these people feel the politicians do not understand their concerns and an impetus for all politicians to act more decisively than they have until now, when political Islamism is challenging and disputing our constitutional state.
It is a welcome fact that the PEGIDA demonstrators have represented their intentions completely peacefully. Because the rule of law, tolerance and religious freedom are central to Western values, the PEGIDA movement can allow no doubt that their defense of the West includes the defense of these values.
Thilo Sarrazin on Pegida
Politicians Must Take These Fears Seriously
by Thilo Sarrazin, December 14, 2014
I believe judgment of the phenomenon PEGIDA must be on three levels: Intention, Procedure and Followers.
It is legitimate to be concerned
Many critics consider the desire to limit Muslim influences in Germany to be morally illegitimate or objectively ridiculous. But for the thoughtful citizen, the dangers of Islamism and the parallel society cannot be waved away.
Nonetheless, most politicians and media avoid any basic discussion and instead hide behind magical slogans such as “open-mindedness” and “welcoming culture.”
The demonstrators’ silence is understandable
To critique questions of immigration, you must know every trick in the book and be acquainted with every imaginable trap in communicating. If not, you will be forced into a corner with the philistines, stupid idiots, xenophobes, fear-mongers, right populists, right radicals, racists and fascists. I know whereof I speak.
Most people, uncomfortable with a development, and finding themselves in front of the cameras and microphones, would stumble into every imaginable trap, if they attempted — more or less awkwardly — to put their fears and worries into words.
So it was very adroit to make silence a principal of the PEGIDA demonstrations. And also, it looks stupid to attack someone who is silently following a pre-determined route on a pre-determined day at a pre-determined hour.
The subject belongs in the right hands
I do not know the background or composition of the 10,000 participants. Which is, mind you, close to as many members as the CDU has in Saxony. Certainly there will also be some dimwits and even radical rightists among the demonstrators.
But it does not matter who is demonstrating, if — like most critics of PEGIDA — you consider any critical confrontation of Islamic immigration to be basically illegitimate. From this perspective, the demonstrators have morally disqualified themselves merely by participating.
If the subject is considered to be important and worthy of discussion, there follows the obligation to make sure that it does not fall into the wrong hands. But exactly that will happen, if the discussion is thought to be foolish, or does not even take place.
Politicians must take notice that something is brewing in Europe. There is a connection between such diverse phenomena as Putin’s folksy nationalist tones, the successes of the Danish People’s Party and the Sweden Democrats in Scandinavia, the rise of the UKIP in England and the reception of the radical right Front National in France.
That can’t just be brushed off by proclaiming the digital revolution and working on the next aid package for Greece, as Angela Merkel has done.
Finally, also from Bild:
Punked by the “Heute [Today] Show”
False Russian Reporter Fools PEGIDA Followers
December 13, 2014
The demonstration marches of the immigration-hostile PEGIDA movement are booby-trapped territory for German journalists. The demonstrators range from silent to very unfriendly.
Since October, the coalition in Dresden has had continuing new support. There were 10,000 people at the last demonstration. Meanwhile, there are offshoots in six other German cities and more are being planned in 10 more cities.
In Düsseldorf, Carsten van Ryssen, reporter for the satirical “heute show,” infiltrated the demonstrators disguised as a Russian journalist with the local affiliate, “Dügida” since — other than the German “state media” — people are well aware of the Moscow propaganda station, “Russia Today.”
And lo and behold! It starts to burble out of the “patriots” — from chewing out the “traitor press” to dim anti-Islamism. One demonstrator: “The radical Islamist is a hundred times worse than a whole stadium full of homosexuals.”
DGB [Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund — like AFL/CIO or the TUC] head, Reiner Hoffmann does not find the refugee-hostile protests so amusing. “We need the broadest possible coalition against these so-called PEGIDA demonstrations,” urges Hoffmann in Bild on Sunday. The DGB is of course ready to go.
More from Hoffman: “Democrats must stand together against this cheap propaganda.”
BDI [Federation of German Industries] president, Ulrich Grillo is also concerned about the demonstrations: “We need immigration for demographic development.” (Bild on Sunday) Immigrants should be welcome in Germany and sensibly integrated. “The refugees from civil war-torn countries have, in part, very good qualifications. The government should more quickly make it possible for them to work with us, so they can care for themselves and their families.”
After an alleged arson attack on planned refugee facilities near Nuremberg, a special unit of the police has undertaken investigations. Friday night several buildings were damaged by fire, and hate slogans and swastikas were scrawled on them.
|*||Note: Lucke is an economist and the guiding principle of his new party — which probably got it into the Bundestag — was an anti-euro message.