JLH has translated Hans Heckel’s latest op-ed, which concerns the deep denial by the German elites of the significance of the murder of Maria L. by an Afghan culture-enricher.
The translator includes this brief note:
One more time: the city, the politicians, the media. Heckel seems almost too burdened by disgust to be humorous.
The translated essay from the Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung:
A Fatal Dynamic
What we must not think about after the murder of Maria, what it is really all about, and how to count properly
The Week in Review
by Hans Heckel
December 10, 2016
When the opinion-makers of the republic, with one voice, warn against “general suspicion,” we know for what the bell tolls, i.e., a new neighbor — now called a “refugee” — has committed some awful crime.
Since an Afghan has been under the heaviest suspicion of having raped and murdered 19-year-old Maria in Freiburg, Baden, the warning against being generally suspicious has been flying out of the mouths of countless politicians and experts. Of course, there is no intention to belittle anything, or sweep it under the rug, and this too is routinely broadcast with the “general suspicion” alarm.
The chancellor is, as usual, vague: If it should prove true that it was an Afghan refugee, then that is “absolutely to be condemned,” she says to German Broadcasting. What is “absolutely to be condemned”? That something “should prove to be true” about the nationality of the alleged perpetrator?
The listeners have no clue. Besides, that (stuff about his origins) “must also be identified clearly” insists the CDU chief, in other words, “as is the case with any other murderer.” And so the line is drawn, which everyone from now on will have to walk, if they do not want to come under suspicion of being a generally suspicious character, or, as Vice Chancellor Gabriel trumpeted, a “rabble-rouser.”
The word is: We formally perceive, to be sure, the cultural milieu from which the alleged perpetrator comes, and we also know by what means and route and by means of what policy he entered the country. However, we will not allow ourselves or anyone else, under threat of ostracism or punishment, to consider that there is even the most insignificant connection with the act itself.
The effort put into eliminating any politically undesirable view of the atrocity causes a choking-up which, faced with the horrifying murder, compels one to run away. And yet, as politically engaged people, we are not inclined to run away, and so we look more closely at the statements, especially those of the experts. Thus, Jörg Kinzig, Professor and Director of the Tübingen Institute of Criminology, explains: “Most violent crimes come from the ranks of young men. Young refugee men also act like German young men.”
Does that sound familiar? That is the way it was murmured across the land after the New Year’s Eve excesses. Some pointed to Oktoberfest, where there was also groping and rape. And that worked, until someone proved that comparing the very, very isolated sexual assaults during Oktoberfest with the mass excesses of Cologne and Hamburg is just as far-fetched as finding snow on the equator.
The Constance psychologist Maggie Schauer warns us against a “fatal dynamic,” if the “population’s fear” of many young men, “who have been differently socialized,” should be strengthened by such an “isolated case.” It is at this point that a breath of truth wafts through the PC fug. It’s not about a realistic assessment of the situation, but of the “dynamic,” which could arise from the assessment — in other words, about the political consequences which must be avoided at all costs.
To accomplish this, the affair is massaged until it fits. One means of making the thing look better than it appears to the public, is by use of statistics. Der Spiegel assures us that the “assumption that young refugees are more violence-prone simply does not comport with the numbers from the Federal Criminal Police.” So there you are. It’s all just made up. A good year ago, we were comforted by another such report. At that time, Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of national security , shared the fact that his service had no knowledge of any alleged terrorists who had sneaked in as refugees. Shortly thereafter, there was the bloodbath in Paris, and there were three “refugees” among the perpetrators.
That’s how it is with numbers and perceptions. To get them, you have to be willing to count and to perceive. The head of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, recently summed up how numbers can be fabricated. If someone in authority should want to drive up the number of drug-related crimes, he would transfer the members of the drug squad to traffic control.
When no one is counting drug offenses anymore, narcotics-related crimes “just cannot be represented in numbers,” and a citizen who complains about masses of dealers in his town (allegedly!) growing by leaps and bounds, well, he is just giving in to “diffuse anxieties.” Wendt is one of those provocateurs who mentions the connection between the deed and Merkelesque asylum policy. Die Welt goes even further and rises to the conclusion: “Had the borders stayed closed in September, 2015, the medical student from Freiburg would still be alive.” The sentence is cold, plain and, above all, true. And for that reason, it is also simply unmentionable, because of the “dynamic” that could come from it.
Besides “generalized suspicion,” what is most fiercely condemned is the “political manipulation” of the incident. We can imagine why. Picture a mayor who stubbornly refuses to have a fence erected between the playground and the four-lane highway — until a child chasing a ball is run over. How will he react when someone accuses him of being complicit in the tragedy? He will reject the “political manipulation” of this terrible tragedy and castigate it as a “mocking of the victim.” Die Welt replies to Wendt’s comment by quoting SPD deputy chief, Ralf Stegner: “Wendt is mocking the victims and his comments are, furthermore, “politically repulsive.”
Freiburg is governed by a Green mayor, supported by the CDU. People are proud of his “left-liberal” attitude; he is at the forefront of the Welcoming Culture. How does a city like this react to such a murder? Der Spiegel went there to take a closer look and has given us the picture of a deeply bewildered society.
There had been rapes before, Freiburgers said, and there had been drug dealing for a long time, before the Gambians turned up. One woman reported that she had been similarly harassed by an African and is still indignant about the feeling of helplessness she had felt. But then she immediately added to Spiegel: “If it were up to me, Germany would take even more refugees.” And she did not mean that ironically.
Maria L. herself was active in refugee aid. In the obituary, her parents asked for donations to the student aid organization Maria was involved in. You have to ask: Is that unshakeable heroism, or schizophrenia?
At any rate, the “left-liberal” Freiburgers interviewed by Spiegel were at great pains to emphasize the singularity of the murder, even though it is only one link in chain of violent crimes participated in by foreigners. At the same time, according to the magazine, they are massively covered in pepper spray and avoid certain localities at certain times. Who or what shall repair these ravaged hearts and minds?