Friday, February 2, 2018

Angela Merkel Brings Back German Anti-Semitism

Pity poor Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor, once considered the most powerful woman in the world and the leader of the free world has been reduced to whining about her own failed policies. As she clings bitterly to power, she cannot accept that she is the problem, not the solution.

The Obamaphile Chancellor, having bought the cosmopolitan notion of free movement of immigrants across borders has suddenly awakened from her stupor and discovered that the new Muslim arrivals have not just brought misogyny with them: they have brought back German anti-Semitism.

The story, from Agence France Presse, lumps the refugee population together with the far right, but still the problem lies with the refugees. Merkel has no idea of what to do about it. And she refuses to accept that her own policies caused the problem:

German leaders are increasingly alarmed about a resurgence of anti-Semitism 73 years after the Holocaust, stemming from an emboldened far right and an influx of refugees from countries hostile to Israel.

Germany is marking the 1945 liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz with solemn ceremonies, but also warning of the need for stronger vigilance.

On the anniversary on Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned revisionist forces seeking to call into question the country’s commitment to atoning for its Nazi past. She said fighting anti-Semitism and racism must be a “daily task.”

“It is inconceivable and shameful that no Jewish institution can exist without police protection, whether it is a school, a kindergarten or a synagogue,” she said.

True, some far right groups have started to embrace anti-Semitism. More importantly, Germany’s Turkish community has happily followed the lead of Turkish president Erdogan… who has trafficked in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Shamefully, Merkel has been unable to accept responsibility for the horrors her own policies have wrought. If she had any sense of shame she would resign and allow someone else to clean up her mess.

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

I suspect it's more the Muslims, and the "far right" (whatever that means) are perhaps using the Muslims as cover. I know nothing about the German "far right".