“War?… You Invited Us!”

Most Syrian “refugees” who arrive in Germany aren’t refugees at all, if the young man described in the article below is any indication.

JLH, who translated the article for Gates of Vienna, includes this brief note:

Yet another tale of a “refugee” who isn’t, only this one sounds like he answered what seemed like an ad for prospective workers. What kind of advertisements is the German government putting into Arabic papers, and why?

The translated article from Epoch Times:

A Refugee who was actually a Traveller

“War?… You Invited Us!”
A Syrian Tells His Story of Escape

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Chance sometimes brings the most interesting stories to light. A young Syrian from Damascus describes for a reporter his reasons for his flight, or rather, his trip to Germany. It came out that he had for more than a year felt himself invited by the German government …

A reporter for the Huffington Post met a young Syrian by chance at the supermarket checkout. Because the store clerk did not know enough English, she could not answer the young man’s questions about cellphone cards. The reporter, Ramin Peymani, helped out and then fell into conversation with the immigrant about his reasons for emigrating. And he got the surprise of his life. Was this just an isolated incident?

A Conversation with astounding Twists

After a friendly start about “where from” and “how long ago?” the conversation with the Syrian — who had lived for a year in the Giessen asylum home, had had to leave and was now living with friends — delved further into the background of his “escape.”

His mother was living in America, his father was long dead and his sister was still in Syria. Escape? No, none of them had to flee. Yes, the Assad regime was cruel and unjust, but it was definitely possible to live in Syria, if you didn’t pick a fight with them. And for this Damascus Syrian, as for most of his countrymen in the camp, the IS was also no problem. The IS was to be found in Iraq, he said.

At this point, Ramin Peymani arrives at a decisive question:

“Are you trying to say that most Syrians are not fleeing war and persecution?”

The young man’s answer is just as stunning as the true reason for his trip to Germany. “Yes, my friends and I left because we did not want to join the army, and it is easier to get a job and earn money in Europe.” Next question: Well, maybe the Assad regime has gotten worse, and that could have caused the rising tide of refugees? Wrong!

“No, he has been in power for quite a few years. He is brutal and has opponents of the regime killed, but that has not affected my family and me. Not my friends either,” the young man elaborates, and then comes to the real and almost unbelievable reason: “This summer in the internet, we saw that Germany is looking for people who want to live here. You invited us to come here. And it said the state would take care of us and we would find work here. But I haven’t found any.”

The “refugee” becomes a “traveller”

The Syrian “traveler” came by way of Turkey, where he had lived for a while, after his mother had emigrated to relatives in the USA. He would have gone there too, but he did not get a visa, in spite of his mother’s green card. Incredulous, the reporter checks once more whether he at least fled to Turkey because of the war. This is just too much for the young man — he laughs. “No,” he went there with friends because they thought they could find work there. But they didn’t like it in Turkey.

Now you may think: But there definitely is war in Syria. That’s true. But people there are living with it. The bombs, the war — that’s a part of their lives, and no one would leave because of that. At least no one he knows. He had had two weeks in Turkey. He wanted to go to Germany because you could stay there. Ramin Peymani is still a little skeptical: “Is your story typical of those who leave Syria?”

And the young Syrian — whose story may not be representative enough for some, and yet is from a first-hand source — answered: “I think most of them leave for the same reason I did. All of the men of my age — they just want to live better somewhere else. On the boat trip to Greece, there was a woman with a child in the boat with us. That was something unusual for us. But no one touched her — one of the men was watching out. Then, in Gießen, I met several families, but they came from Damascus as I did, and came to Germany because you can live better here.”

21 thoughts on ““War?… You Invited Us!”

  1. This may… come as a surprise to quite a few in Europe.

    The leftie narrative, as we know, has been that every Syrian must flee Assad. No questions asked.

    • The lefties and McCain, the GOP version of a banged up tweetie bird want Assad gone.

      One wonders how much SOMEBODY paid them all???

  2. It’s all about votes, it’s all about maintaining executive power for the sycophants who run the EU. Soon you won’t be able to tell the “right” from the “left” because they will be one in the same. Alternative Right groups are the only answer.

    • The left and right will be slaves to islam…. one and all. Like it or not, I guess.


  3. Because nothing says “Perfect candidate to fill that open position” like a Syrian refugee. I can’t wait to see how Germany is going to pay for all this.

    • With its life is how it Germany is paying. Others nations are being led nose down on the same God forsaken road. How in the name of Hell does the west in general hope to even begin to get along with millions of Muslims who live and die at best by a cult manual demanding demeaning and death to all non Muslims. Why would Muslims even want to leave their infidel killing fields? Why would infidels stand butt naked in the face of such a threat. Yuletide.

  4. Since economic migrants are also looking for entry into European countries, it’s the best opportunity for them to migrate therefore, they must grab that opportunity especially from countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia. They won’t get that permission on humanitarian ground in future as it’s likely to be short-lived.

  5. Just a note on Epoch Times, which is an odd source for German news. Coming out of America, its focus is China and its aim overthow of the CCP. Which is fair enough, but it was founded by Falungong supporters and has never been a reliable source of information even on China. Falungong get lot of slack in the West because of their brave opposition to the system in the PRC, but they are basically a bunch of whackos who are not above intimidating people into joining (that from an apolitical Chinese friend who was harassed by them.) It’s like taking news from the Scientology house paper.

  6. Well, I have 2 cousins in Germany. They are about 74 something years old now.
    I was amazed that they felt it was ok to have their taxes raised to support the “refugees”
    I was aghast they did not have news coverage of what was happening.
    Or so they said.
    I am “divorcing” my German cousins

    • I am “divorcing” my German cousins

      Divorces in families don’t work; the emotional connections just go underground. In the Family Systems theories developed by Murray Bowen at Georgetown University (building on work done by the [Austrian] scholar, Walter Toman), the focus is not on the individual’s psychological difficulties but rather on the nexus in which those problems arose; it usually turns out that the “free” individual is merely living out the pattern handed to him from an earlier generation. See this short explanation of “differentiation” and of Bowen’s theories.


      Obviously written by someone whose native language is not English (I hope).
      For Americans, finding this information can be a real problem since we tend to move on, restlessly, leaving behind “all that stuff”…It’s helpful to remind ourselves that Americans are here because at some point our ancestors couldn’t manage to make a life in their own homeland – or weren’t permitted to do so, e.g., the South Vietnamese or the Armenians, just to name two sad examples. Political/religious/economic refugees aside, some of our current problems might perhaps be traced back to those original impulses to leave home in quest of something less confining. [In Alcoholics Anonymous terms, moving somewhere new for the sake of fixing one’s problems is called a “geographic cure”. For AA, it’s a matter of “no matter where you go, there you are”.]

      Epigenetics has developed far enough to begin to be able to prove the old folk wisdom that “blood will tell”. In more scientific terms it translates to the understanding that we really do carry our cultural history in our DNA.

      Jung was onto something.

      This wiki on the effects of the 1944 Hunger Winter in the Netherlands has some of the clues. Scroll down to “Legacy” to read the pertinent parts:


      BTW, Toman’s and Bowen’s work is being undercut by the abortion industry. People who are growing up as only children are becoming the norm. Without the experience of being a sibling, the formerly ‘normal’ or usual family patterns are harder to form or extend.

      For a popularization (and fun) explanation of what our sibling position means for our future choices, I ran across this site while looking for Toman’s book:


      It’s also instructive to apply the birth order theories and family function patterns to our political leaders…especially where their fathers are concerned. Yes, I know: mothers are essential but it is fathers who more naturally supply the backbone and staying power for children.

      • Fascinating links, Dymphna.

        Re your references to Americans and alcoholics (not necessarily synonymous!) I’m reminded of Harry Chapin’s “W.O.L.D”:

        “Sometimes I get this crazy dream, that I’ll just take off in my car.
        But you can travel on ten thousand miles, and stll stay where you are”.

      • For many who left Europe in the nineteenth century it was because of the tradition of passing on all of the family wealth to only the oldest offspring. In the face of zero inheritance, America was a promising frontier, the land of opportunity.

        With all psycho babble aside. Seriously, cultural history as part of DNA? Reminds me of the Abraham-Hicks cult line of reasoning. I have an impressionable friend who likes to think he’s intellectual who got caught up in that mess and I looked into some of it. Including the notion that our cells have memory. He thinks that quantum mechanics describes our psyche and that we are ‘vibrational beings’. I told him if he wants to understand quantum physics to study the work of Max Planck.

  7. Recently talked to my uncle, who lives in a quiet, staunchly conservative part of a major European city. He calls his neighborhood a ‘village’, and this ‘village’ has managed to exist in a sort of bubble where time has more or less stood still since about 1913. Events from 1914 to, say, 1958 or so are rarely if ever mentioned, and everything that has happened since is completely ignored.
    He says he sees nothing of Islamization – which may have something to do with the fact that he doesn’t leave his apartment unless absolutely, positively unavoidable – and he says there may well come a time when Muslims will desecrate his grave, but he won’t feel it anyway.
    I didn’t pursue the matter, he is old and I don’t want to upset him unnecessarily.

    • My oldest friend is an Englishman living as an expatriate in the Netherlands. He’s 92. For years now he has refused to talk about the Muslim threat at all. In fact, he becomes irate if the subject is brought up and pursued in conversation.

      • I wonder if there is a somewhat bright side to that. Perhaps that is defensiveness which suggests that the reality is understood but acknowledging it is too unsettling.

        Alas, the result’s the same but at least the message is getting through more than see.

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