The following article is simultaneously ludicrous and disturbing. How did these people become so deeply loopy? Is there any cure?
JLH translated this piece about a Turkish-organized memorial sing-along in Berlin. He includes this note:
I would like to dedicate this article to one of our commenters, RonaldB, who said:
“The problem is, the behavior of politicians and leaders is simply so bizarre as to preclude and overtake any possible exaggeration. In other words, it is impossible to even imagine a more bizarre set of actions. So, humorists are left high and dry as mere reporters, rather than funny men.”
The translated article from (appropriately) Die Welt:
Refugees and Berliners Sing “We Are the World”
The choir of the memorial church Everybody Can Sing and the Berlin Welcoming Choir memorialized the victims of the attack. Together they sang “Shine a Light,” “We are the World” and “Stille Nacht.”
The cooperative memorial at the memorial church after the attack that claimed two victims provided a sign of human sympathy. 200 people participated in the small concert.
Refugees and Berliners gave the concert together on Wednesday near Breitscheidplatz.
The choir of the memorial church Everybody Can Sing and the Berlin Welcoming Choir, where refugees sing together with Berliners, wished to remember the victims in this manner and provide a sign of human sympathy. The two choirs and other volunteers sang together “Shine a Light,” “We are the World” and Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.”
The concert was organized by the network Avaz, which has begun similar solidarity actions after other attacks. Altogether, more than 200 people took part in the concert, according to the organizer.
On Monday evening, twelve people died in a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas Market. The extremist militia Islamic State claimed responsibility for the act. According to Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU), a suspect is being hunted nationwide.
The Berlin police say they have more than 500 tips. A suspect originally arrested was released after no evidence against him was found.
You can’t make this [expletive] up.
People who like to make meme pics (Nash Montana, take note!) may find larger versions of the photo at the original article quite useful.
However, as JLH observed, this stuff is hard to satirize — how can you make up something more ludicrous than the reality?
1. Turkish radio station.