René Springer represents the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) in the Bundestag. In the following op-ed he addresses the existential issues posed by the current crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:
We are not a care institution for welfare state nomads from all over the world
Historically, in major conflicts, those who have brought a new weapon into use have often left the field victorious. Attackers with spears were superior to defenders with hand axes. Spears were followed by catapults, artillery and cruise missiles. Then as now, cunning, deception and as yet unknown strategies or tactics are always the most effective weapons. Glorious victories and catastrophic defeats, the rise and fall of great empires were tied to them.
That is why it was and is always one of the main tasks of the defenders to recognize a new strategy and a new weapon as such. Troy fell because it couldn’t see the troop transport in the wooden horse.
In the natural societies of past millennia, resources were often conquered by force of arms. A quick attack with a closed, armed formation was usually not difficult to recognize as such. However, a prolonged attack with a non-closed, unarmed unit, such as in the times of that great migration that significantly brought the Roman Empire to the collapse, is not always recognizable as an attack even if it ultimately also pursues the same goal: the procurement of resources.
Germany shares responsibility for escalation at the EU external border
Word has got around in the poor regions of the world that it is easier to enjoy the resources of the supposedly rich Europe if you leave your weapons at home and claim that you are being persecuted and your life is threatened or that you come from a war zone. The sympathy of Germans in particular opens the door to almost everyone.
A few days ago, the Polish eastern border, which is currently being defended by around 20,000 security forces, was breached, mainly by groups of men from some of the well-known asylum-claim countries. For the first time, Belarusian troops were on Polish territory. Germany shares responsibility for this escalation at the borders of our Eastern European neighbors.
Because the illegal intruders on the Belarusian-Polish border mainly want to go to Germany to apply for asylum and social benefits. The fact that a well-developed full-coverage state is likely to be the main incentive for illegals is shown not only by a study by Princeton University from 2019, but also indirectly by the Federal Statistical Office: Of the approximately €13 billion to non-German citizens in Hartz IV, around six billion go to people from the top eight asylum-seeker countries.
Consistent deportations, benefits in kind and border controls
The Belarusian head of state Lukashenko seems to have adapted the business model of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the least passive use of the migration weapon: With high immigration pressure on the core of Europe, presumably the calculation goes, the European Union may be blackmailed for billions.
The Federal Government is jointly responsible for the current escalation of the situation. It maintains the actual reasons for fleeing unchanged and is leaving our Polish friends in the lurch in dealing with the crisis.
Poland is now facing a conflict with Belarus that would be relatively easy to end on the German side: Immediate introduction of permanent border controls at the German-Polish border, conversion from cash to benefits in kind for asylum seekers, simplified and shortened asylum procedures, consistent deportations and above all: Return to the application of current law regulating asylum and migration.
My Bundestag colleague, retired Colonel Rüdiger Lucassen, summed up one of the most urgent tasks of German foreign policy: “The Federal Government must give Poland every form of support that the Polish government needs. Securing the EU’s external border has become an existential issue for Europe and Germany.”
Fixed security systems play an important role
Germany must make it unmistakably clear to the world: We are not a pension fund for welfare state nomads from all over the world. Immigration to Germany should only be possible with top qualifications and under strict conditions. And Germany must be a reliable partner for its European friends in protecting common external borders.
Of course, walls and other fortified security systems at the external borders of the European Union also play an important role. For as long as Germany continues to violate the provisions of the Dublin III Agreement and ignores the Geneva Refugee Convention and its own applicable law, the other European states will be forced to take the protection of their external borders into their own hands.
To support Poland and Lithuania at least financially should be the duty of every German government. It is precisely for this purpose that the billions of taxes squandered in the “fight against the law” and for other ideological projects would be sensibly used.
It is time for Germany to show solidarity with its European partners and take responsibility for the consequences of its actions. The new strategy of mass migration as a weapon can only be countered jointly at the European level. But Germany must make the start. With a restrictive migration and asylum policy, preferably based on the Japanese model.
Afterword from the translator:
This is all well said, but as long as the whole of the political elite, which is in power throughout Europe, is waging a globalist war against their own people, nothing will change. It is naïve to believe that the enemy within, which has been waging a culture war against the Western world for decades, would turn around and actually fight for the people they want to destroy.
“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” — Frederic Bastiat