The following op-ed from Die Welt discusses the seemingly suicidal delusions that inform the open-borders policies of Joachim Gauck and Angela Merkel.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation:
Merkel is doing a huge disservice to Europe
What a mistake: Germans believed in a completely smooth integration of migrants. But they’re in for a surprise — and on top of that, the European Union will get into big trouble.
by Václav Klaus
The current open discussions, especially in Germany, over the mass (collective, not individual) immigration, that builds its premise on the word ‘refugee’ instead of the meaning of ‘migrant’, or better stated, of the economically motivated migrant, is very dubious. It is deceptive, it is misleading, and with its excessively exaggerated political correctness, it is down right suicidal.
Social sciences have told us (in this case even in complete harmony with healthy common sense), that in order for the smooth and productive functioning and stability of any society, the interior coherence of said society is absolutely vital. Economic science applies the concepts of “human and social capital”, without which a healthy, cohesive and functioning body politic is impossible.
Today’s debate about immigration completely ignores these elementary facts. But the ideologues, their minds fogged up by the ideology of multiculturalism, do not see any problem with this. They believe that it is possible to “fill up” societies in individual European states with migrants without a hitch.
Migrants as the glue for Europe
Therefore it is hardly a surprise that these politicians do not see any urgency in stopping the current wave of migration. They’re occupied with managing it — be it with money, with open arms, with shelter and, especially, with the promise of a new, better life.
Why is that? I would like to cite my colleague Jiri Weigl. He believes that the intention of this “Willkommenspolitik”, the ‘culture of welcome’, is to eventually destroy the nexus of existing societies in Europe. The resulting wreckage is the only way for the leading politicians to build their “new Europe” — without us of course, without those who are content with the current Europe. And from these migrants shall come “the first members of this imagined new European nation,” says Weigl.
Migrants have zero connection to existing European states, and therefore they will adapt and identify much more easily to a new multicultural Europe. The migrants essentially function as the glue of a new European nation.
A fatal mistake made by Germans
Another reason for the behavior of many European and especially German politicians could be their naïve notion that this massive immigration in the short run may have some uncomfortable issues and unintended consequences, but that in the long run, it all will end on a positive note. This is a fatal mistake.
These politicians, lead by Herr Gauck and Frau Merkel, presume that out of these migrants will immediately emerge motivated, intelligent, educated and employable skilled workers, who then will replace aging German employee. It is a laughable assumption. It stands in gross opposition to each and every experience that Germany has had in the past with migrants and guest workers.
It is well known that each human being acquires his very own pattern of behavior in his youth. The most important imprinting occurs within his immediate family structure. It is therefore possible that the proponents of this massive immigration wholeheartedly believe in the power of reeducation, manipulation and indoctrination, and that they embrace the dream of building a new human being in the tradition of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, a human that would be formed entirely according to their mental image.
The German invitation
This is of course an almost childish fantasy. Wolfgang Kasper, a German expatriate who has lived in Australia for half a century, adds to this: “There are exceptions, but the majority of today’s migrants are going to go through a slow, process of cultural assimilation lasting multiple generations.” Kasper also mentions that the second generation of immigrants often rejects their integration into the European society; more often than not they entirely reject Western values as a whole. And when such tendencies gain the upper hand, then the process of “cultural assimilation” threatens to work entirely in reverse.
Last but not least, it is important to think about why this migration wave takes place at exactly this moment. What happened that was so important that precisely now 40% of the migrants who came to Bavaria last weekend, came from Kosovo? The war ended in Kosovo 15 years ago. And why did another 40% immigrate from Afghanistan, where all armed conflicts have been going on in one way or another for the past few decades? It is not as if the living conditions have suddenly dramatically changed in any way in these migrants’ respective homelands.
But they did get — explicitly and implicitly — a message. A message that they now can immigrate to Europe. Reinforced by their — certainly justified — frustration over the conditions at home, these people now break with their lives in their homelands and move to Europe, and mostly Germany. And the abandonment of their homeland is bought with horrendous sums paid to human traffickers.
European siren call
The migrants follow the call of reckless European politicians in complete ignorance of the risk and the danger that lie in wait for them and their families — to which the hundreds of drowned people in the Mediterranean can attest.
They all followed the promise that it would be entirely possible to live in Europe. Politicians like Angela Merkel and Joachim Gauck encouraged and reinforced this notion with their actions. Perhaps these politicians thought that their open invitation would be a humanitarian gesture. But it is not. On the contrary. They are a huge disservice to Europe. I feel deep worry over the future of European civilization. It is about nothing less.
[The photo with Angela Merkel at the bottom: It shows her taking a selfie with Afghan woman Shukria Barakzai, having no clue that in Afghanistan, this photo was viewed as an open invitation for Afghans to come to Germany.]