The following op-ed is from the conservative online daily newspaper The-Germanz.de. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
One Day Our Children Will Ask Us: Why Didn’t You Put a Stop to That?
by Klaus Kelle
April 8, 2017
Anyone who paid attention in history class knows how often horrifying political developments were not stopped because there was no determined resistance by the decent people, and no leaders who had the confidence to stand up and protest loudly. There are many examples of that, if you think for instance of the failure of the middle class in the Weimar Republic, squeezed between communists and the National Socialists, who both had only contempt and mockery for democrats. Or take the appeasement policy of the Western powers toward Hitler. When it had long before become obvious that National Socialist Germany would assert and follow through on territorial claims, there were still negotiations, implausible ultimatums, and palaver, palaver, palaver. How the brownshirt rulers must have laughed at the Daladiers and Chamberlains, who believed, in all seriousness, that they could appeal to Hitler’s discernment and desire for peace. The price of this miscalculation was 55 million dead around the world. A consistent course of action by the other European powers could have stopped the madness.
But no one was prepared to take responsibility for such action. As Robin Alexander unsparingly described it in his bestseller Die Getriebenen (“The Driven”): the decision to close the German borders had already essentially been made in Berlin in the autumn of 2015; units of the federal police had been posted to Bavaria. All that was needed was a responsible person who would say “Go!” And who would accept the fact that, in the following days videos and pictures would go around the world, showing a country systematically enforcing its laws — and, as Wolfgang Bosbach so aptly put it — returning to an “orderly procedure.” But there was no one like that, so our borders were open for many weeks to an unregulated and — to a great extent — uncoordinated mass immigration from the Islamic world. Messrs. Erdogan and Orban have eventually brought it about that Mrs. Merkel’s regime was able to step forward and brag that the number of immigrants coming to Germany had considerably lessened. Although she herself had nothing to do with that.
The consequences of the failure of state rules and institutions, the inability to control a major crisis which is gripping all of Europe and which more than a few people regard as an approaching war of Islamist fanatics against us all, are obvious. It is obvious in the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks, as recently in Stockholm. In London, Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin, Ansbach, Würzburg — all forgotten again? Honor killings in residences in Germany and hate preaching in mosques everywhere in Europe — are they all just regrettable incidents? North African hordes attacking hundreds of women on New Year’s Eve. Was it “only” in Cologne, or also in Hamburg, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart? Why do the country’s elites close their eyes to what is happening here? The German security services know of around 500 “likely threats.” These are Islamists who are prepared to commit the most heinous crimes here, while roaring “Allahu Akbar.” There are said to be 800 of them in the Brussels area. In the banlieues of Paris and Marseille and in Swedish suburbs, cars are burning. Almost all the rapes of women in Norway — according to official statistics three years ago — were committed by men from that certain “cultural circle.” Of course, when speaking of these incidents, one does like to not mention “culture.”
Last weekend, camping on the Rhine near Bonn, a young women was dragged out of her tent and raped by “a dark-skinned man” with a machete. The perpetrator has not yet been caught. Last year, our daughter was on a class trip to London and found herself alone in an area with a high proportion of Muslims. She called me on her cell phone, in tears, and said she was afraid, because because grinning “young men” were coming too close to her. She ran to a police car in the area and stayed near it for a quarter of an hour before daring to run for the closest subway station and escape. In the Fall of 2016, a neighbor of ours wanted to gather chestnuts with her daughter in our quiet little, out-of-the-way city park. She didn’t last a minute, because dark-skinned men were drinking there in broad daylight, and making obscene gestures to her. The two of them ran from that nightmare.
Do our elites see none of this? Are they just too cowardly to accept responsibility? Are they perhaps helpless in the face of these challenges? I don’t know, but it has to stop. Soon! It is destroying our societies and trust in our governments. Anti-Semitism is spreading all across Europe, especially in Germany. And it is not the anti-Semitism of the Right, but the anti-Semitism of Islamic fanatics. Not MUSLIMS altogether, naturally, but the insane among them.
Last night I was a guest at a discussion in Düsseldorf. There were also immigrants in the audience, who had lived here a comparatively long time and were well-integrated. One woman who had come from Russia twenty years ago related that she had wanted to leave there, because she had lived under Communism in the Soviet Union and hoped for a good future in Germany. And she asked: “What’s up with you Germans? Why are you allowing your country and your freedom to be destroyed?”
Our West European societies are in a warlike evolution. Anyone who watches the news or can read a newspaper can see it. One day, our children will ask us “Why did you allow that? Why didn’t you do something against this attack on our free and open societies?”
|1.||Long-serving CDU member of the Bundestag, retired this year because of bad health to become a staff writer for Bild.