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The German AfD party has surged and Europe is falling apart

September 26, 2017

The German AfD party has surged and Europe is falling apart, Israel National News, Giulio Meotti, September 26, 2017

(Please see also, Misrepresenting Germany in ‘The New York Times’ — DM)

The German chancellors come and go. But their country is here to stay. And their ideological model, not the 13% so called “neo-Nazis”, is what is endangering Europe.

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In the course of last year, the European Union has faced an emergency known as the so-called “populist wave”: Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen in France, Ernst Hofer in Austria, Brexit in the UK, AfD now in Germany.

The mainstream media repeats the mantra that behind this right-wing surge lies the xenophobic and fascist hate that has raised its head in Europe, citing Vladimir Putin with his hackers, Donald Trump and his tweets, and other children’s fairy tales. These are the real fake newsmongers.

What lies behind the right-wing surge is, instead, the big cultural shock that hit at the heart of the European democracies.

It is a shock caused by the multicultural disaster (Muslim ghettos, sexual rape during the night in Cologne, chaos in the suburbs), the Islamist massacres (Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher, Bataclan, Theo van Gogh, Nice, Brussels, Copenaghen, Stockholm, Berlin…), the ideological shock (derision of the people by the élites and political correctness), rampant anti-Christian secularization and massive illegal immigration (2.2 million people illegally entered Europe in 2015-2016).

So many physical, cultural, demographic and social borders are in a state of collapse. If Europe stays under siege in its Berlaymont Palace in Brussels without realizing the roots of these political earthquakes, Europe’s walls will be the next to fall.

The main reason behind Brexit was the British fear of German’s immigration chaos. But what about the day all the Syrians Mrs. Merkel allowed in become German citizens? Will the UK still be able to reject and refuse them entry if London is still part of the EU?

Mr. Wilders’ political career is the result of two political assassinations linked to Islam: Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh. He is a survivor.

The rising of Marine Le Pen is the fruit of 50 years of bad French integration policies.

And the AfD’s success is all related to Merkel’s decision to open the doors to one million Syrians.

Germany is a country sick of complacency (“a happy country” said one of Merkel’s slogans) and “frivolity” (the definition that comes from the newspaper Handelsblatt), a wealthy society based on suicidal multicultural ideology and cultural self-censorship (any German book critical of Islam has been demonized and marginalized, from Thilo Sarrazin to Rolf Peter Sieferle), a democracy built on pacifism (the German army is a joke) and a perennial sense of guilt-caused indigestion, which thinks that a border exists only to be overcome (Rudiger Safranski).

The German chancellors come and go. But their country is here to stay. And their ideological model, not the 13% so called “neo-Nazis”, is what is endangering Europe.

Misrepresenting Germany in ‘The New York Times’

September 26, 2017

Misrepresenting Germany in ‘The New York Times’, PJ MediaBruce Bawer, September 25, 2017

YouTube screenshot from New York Times documentary about a refugee in Germany

It is strange to think that there was a time when I bought The New York Times every morning and pored through it over my coffee, genuinely convinced that I was reading the most reliable news source on the planet. In my defense, I was very young. And The New York Times was a better paper then, although nowhere near as good as I thought it was. It has, in any event, long since become a travesty – a propaganda sheet that systematically, and dangerously, distorts the truth about the most crucial issues of our time.

Case in point: a 14-minute “Times documentary” entitled “Seeking Asylum in Germany – and Finding Hatred.” Credited to Ainara Tiefenthäler, Shane O’Neill, and Andrew Michael Ellis, and posted front and center on the Times website last Thursday, it’s about Abode, a tall, lanky 22-year-old Libyan refugee who, at the beginning of the film, has been living in the Saxon town of Bautzen (pop. 41,000) for over two years.

From the outset, Abode is presented as an innocent victim of racist hatred. We see him in his room at the Bautzen asylum center, talking softly, his large brown eyes oozing sensitivity. We see a cell-phone video in which a young white woman half his size kicks and hits him, apparently without provocation. We see him rehearsing for a hip-hop stage adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in which he plays Mercutio; the theater director, a middle-aged woman, speaks of him glowingly.

Providing contrast to this peaceable young man, we see a ragtag neo-Nazi group in Bautzen’s town square, waving flags and praising Donald Trump. And we see close-ups of racist online comments (in German) about refugees.

Abode says that when he used to see pictures of Europe on TV, he thought it looked wonderful. But now he hates it. “Libya is the land of good,” he says. Germany, by contrast, is a land of Nazis.

“Nazi” is a word he uses a lot. He says he’s had “problems with Nazis and the police” ever since his arrival in Germany. Eventually we discover that he’s been described in the local media as the head of a gang of refugees who engage in rioting and violence. We see a newspaper front page featuring a picture of him aiming a machine gun.

But Abode has explanations. The picture with the gun, he says, was taken at a wedding, where the guests fired rounds to celebrate. He claims that he’s never started a riot, but only acted in self-defense. He admits to having committed an act of violence, but only because he “blew up” at the sight of a Nazi rally. The theater director makes a curious statement: “He is someone who steps to the front when there is conflict.” She makes it sound as if he’s some kind of peacemaker, trying to put an end to conflict – not a gang leader, inciting conflict.

Toward the end of the documentary, we jump to “three months later.” An intertitle reads: “Since last year’s clashes between far-right locals and refugees in Bautzen, the police have opened up two dozen investigations of Abode.” Clashes? Why haven’t we see any of these “clashes”? Investigations? Two dozen? For what? The film doesn’t tell us.

We’re told Abode has been identified as “a public safety risk.” Why? The implicit message is that Abode is a victim of untiring police harassment. We’ve heard him complain about his “problems with Nazis and the police.” The film seems to want us to equate the two.

Finally, we’re shown Abode on the asylum center roof, threatening to jump. An end title informs us that he didn’t jump, has been relocated to an asylum center in another town, and is banned from Bautzen for three months. Finis.

After seeing Abode depicted as an undeserving object of hatred in a town full of neo-Nazis, I turned to the local German newspapers. They told a different story. Abode’s real name, I discovered, is apparently Mohamed Youssef. (The papers do him the favor of reducing his surname to an initial, “T” for Targi.) He came to Germany in 2014.

Here’s one detail omitted by the documentary: our hero calls himself “King Abode,” just as a Mafia don in a Sicilian village might call himself its king. One source points out something that’s obvious from the first moments of the film: while Abode claims to be from Libya, he doesn’t look Libyan – my guess would be he’s really from Somalia.

According to the German papers, Abode has caused plenty of trouble in Bautzen: he’s committed robberies, sold drugs, harassed women, thrown bottles at cops. And more, much more. But town authorities have gone soft on him in the name of “peaceful coexistence.” His asylum application was rejected, but he can’t be deported because it’s on appeal. What’s more, in defiance of the ban mentioned at the end of the film, Abode has returned repeatedly to the asylum center in Bautzen. Instead of punishing him for this, town officials have tried to work out a compromise, such as allowing Abode to stay at the Bautzen asylum center but asking him to stay away from the town square.

To read these stories about Abode is to see the narrative of the Times documentary completely unravel. Far from being a victim of police brutality, he turns out to be a thug who thumbs his nose at the law. Instead of being Nazi bullies, the folks that run Bautzen out of town prove to be toothless — scared to subject even the most dangerous of rejected asylum seekers to even the mildest of punishments. No surprise here, of course: if this town really were full of Nazis, as the film suggests, Abode would’ve beat a hasty retreat long ago — or ended up in a shallow grave in the woods.

The German newspapers make the facts crystal clear: this young man is a predator who’s been allowed to torment and terrorize an entire town for over two years, and whom multiculturalism-infatuated local officials, police, and courts have been terrified to touch.

That’s Germany today – the very opposite of what the New York Times wants you to believe.