Below is another opinion piece on Thursday night’s events in Nice, this one from Denken erwünscht. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
I Don’t Intend to Write Today What is Usually Written
by Klaus Kelle
July 15, 2016
“In Nice, an alleged assassin ran over numerous people with a truck…”
No, it was not an alleged assassin, it was a real assassin. 84 dead, eighteen seriously injured — the gruesome balance of the past night. And again and again this ritual. Actress Mia Farrow, who likes to spend her vacation in Nice, shared with the French people — “I send love to France.” Very nice — that will help the relatives who have to identify the shredded bodies of their family members and their children — who wanted to celebrate the French national holiday and the values of their Republic: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. US President Obama offers the French people help on Twitter (!), Chancellor Merkel expresses her sympathy and assures that the battle against terror will be won. The battle? What battle? And against whom? According to the first media reports, the mass murderer of Nice was identified neither as a radical nor as a politically motivated perpetrator. Against whom are we fighting, Mrs. Merkel?
The murderer of Nice comes from Tunisia — but surely has nothing to do with Islam. Like the mass murderers of Paris, Brussels, London, Madrid, Istanbul, etc. Nothing to do with Islam, like the 1,500 young men who en masse sexually abused women on New Year’s Eve. Yesterday it was announced concerning the investigation by the North Rhine-Westphalia legislature that in the meantime eight additional rapes on that night in the square in front of the Cologne train station had become known. Several of the women had not even reported it to police. What’s the use? Only a few of the suspects are being investigated. None of these people is going to be sitting in jail — the ones we offer help to, reach out a hand in welcome, offer a chance at a happy future in a prosperous and free land. But they despise us. Not all of them of course. Probably even a clear minority. I will say this here once again: I know many Muslims who are happy to live here with us, obey our laws, work, pay taxes and love their children as we love ours. But today, we must not go back to business-as-usual. I cannot listen to the empty words of our politicians anymore. “We are in solidarity with our French friends…blah, blah, blah.” Something has to change — now!
The Russian air force bombed positions of IS, the so-called Islamic State, this morning. Perhaps that is precisely the right answer. Are you shocked that I write that? Force has never been a solution, we always learn. In Germany it is legally sanctioned to say that our soldiers are murderers. Who in Germany, in France, everywhere in the West has a better idea to counter terrorism? Anyone who has eyes to see has known for years what is going on. The angry young men who riot in Parisian banlieues night after night, the swift growth of Salafism in our societies. And 9/11? Already forgotten? I can no longer listen to the drivel in a society that no longer knows how to defend itself, in which attacks against police become an everyday occurrence, caused, by the way, by mobs that definitely have nothing to do with Islam.
After the attacks several months ago in Paris, I read in a newspaper report that there are 800 known radical Islamists in Brussels — the center of the EU — who are likely dangers to public safety. There could be more in Paris and in London. They are in the Ruhr area and Berlin, too. They are under surveillance around the clock. Why? Why do our European societies not have the courage to deport these people? Anyone who comes to us and gets our help and then commits crimes must go. Out! Out! Out! I can already hear the first conciliators who will now say: Yes, they have to go, buuuuuut… human rights are not recognized in their home countries. Let me tell you. I don’t give a crap! For all I care, ship them to the North Pole or pay North Korea to lock them away in their vacation paradise. It pains me to see these picture over and over. Blood on the street, mangled bodies covered with dark blue cloth, a dead child with a doll next to it.
“In these difficult times, we stand beside France,” Foreign Minister Steinmeier is just now saying on television. The announcer says, “Shortly before the weekend, the temperatures will improve.” I think I may throw up.