Grit your teeth and carry on!
by Alexander Marguier
July 7, 2017
Riots of the left extremist scene overshadow the G20 summit. The police in Hamburg asked for reinforcements from other countries. But it is the state that has let it go this far.
[Photo caption: Masked persons, police, burning trash cans — a street scene like from a war zone / picture alliance]
Did anyone in all seriousness believe that the G20 summit in Hamburg would pass off peacefully? Then that would have been just as naïve as the opposite case would have been an unparalleled irresponsibility: to hold this event in the Hanse city in spite of considerable security concerns. But it seems that the government wanted it like that, apparently; the date, shortly before the elections, is a swell opportunity to stage yourself as a world-class agent with pose. So whether it was stupidity, or the usual German hubris: the motto of the planners was a determined “Grit your teeth and carry on!” The citizens will have to put up with a bit of collateral damage. Thank you for your understanding!
HMS Germany, Ship of Fools
Fortunately, there is always someone to pay for the party — you can rely on the taxpayer. And when a protest under the peaceful moniker “Welcome to Hell” gets just a little bit out of hand, then surely it was the fault of the police officers who forgot their good manners. That’s the way things are on the Ship of Fools HMS Germany, where every protest is “political” as long as the “activist” can just scribble his phrase on his banner — like “sink capitalism” and all that. On such occasions, even the local theater opens its gates for those brave anti-globalists who did not find any more room at the nearby campsite. A halo is best polished with state money.
State Sovereignty? No chance!
The G20 summit in Hamburg could be a farce, but the attendant circumstances are too depressing for that. A state that forbids its own army staff to wear uniforms in town during the summit, because otherwise, there might be “spontaneous attacks by potentially violent left-extremist protestors” has de facto surrendered its sovereignty. If a G20 meeting, intended to find answers to global problems, is enough to water down the state’s monopoly on the use of force — then what will happen should there really be a fire someday? And who protects all those politicians and well-meaning functionaries from the left-alternative echo chambers, who always flirt with violence when it comes from the right direction? It might be people in uniforms — at least, if they aren’t under curfew because their outfit might provoke one or another militant clown.
Opinion free, on the house
“For a Germany where we live well and gladly” is the extremely stupid election slogan of the CDU (Christian Democrat Union, Merkel’s party). They probably should have added: The definitions of “well” and “gladly” are brought to you by the party of your trust. It seems that you can live well, and gladly, in a country where the government allows anti-G20 activists to hand out posters with crude anti-capitalism slogans to shop-owners to put in their windows to protect themselves from “de-glassing” and other assaults by marauding spoilt autonomists [the Black Block are calling themselves “Autonome“, “autonomists” — translator]. I guess that is what you call freedom of opinion: when the others deliver their opinion to you free, on the house. And if you don’t share that opinion, well, they’ll just slap you around. Or burn up your family car. It would be strange indeed if so-called “anti-fascism” did not orient itself against its antagonist — methodologically and in other respects.
A reflection of our times
In the end it won’t matter whether the persons responsible decided in favor of Hamburg out of stupidity or out of irresponsibleness. The monkey circus, where even calls for murder are knighted as art performances, is a pretty reflection of the Federal Republic 2017: Deranged leftists are railing against a state that supports them with pocket money, and at the same time is too cowardly to show its colours. These days, it seems, things like that are subsumed under “taking a stance”.
For more on Hamburg, see Breitbart.