Angela Merkel meltdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision that Germany accept nearly a million Muslims arriving from the Middle East and North Africa has got many people scratching their heads in wonder.

Has Angela Merkel lost her mind? You be the judge when you watch this recent video or read the transcript of her semi-coherent answer to a crystal clear question:

 

Question: A minute ago you were mentioning the responsibility we all have in terms of how we should all deal with all this refugee chaos. But one of our responsibilities is to protect our own citizens in Europe. And I am speaking especially about refugees from Syria and similar countries from where now even more people with an Islamic background come into our country. And I believe what the gentleman addressed earlier is legitimate that there is a great fear here in Europe because Islamization seems to proceed and grow stronger. So I’m asking you, how do you want to protect Europe, and in that regard, how do you propose to protect our own culture from this?

Merkel’s response:

Uh…I think first and foremost, that Islamism and Islamic terror are unfortunately a phenomenon operating predominantly in Syria and Libya and in northern Iraq, and to which, unfortunately, the European Union has contributed a myriad of fighters as well. And therefore we can’t just sit here and say this is a phenomenon that has nothing to do with us because those are people, sometimes very young people, who grew up in our countries and this is where we bear also a responsibility.

Secondly…uh…fear has never been a good advisor, neither in our personal lives nor in our society. Cultures and societies that are shaped by fear will, without a doubt, not get a grip on the future.

And third, of course, we have this debate that a lot of Muslims also have in which we debate whether Islam even belongs to Germany, or not. But I’m finding that when we have 4 million Muslims in this country, it’s really not debatable whether Muslims belong to Germany but Islam doesn’t, or whether Islam also belongs to Germany.

I see there are these worries, but I have to say that, we all have these chances and all these liberties to practice our own religion as well, insofar as we are practicing it and believe in it. So if I am lacking in something in that, I am not suggesting that someone who practices Islam is at fault for that.

We should have the courage as Christians to enter a dialogue then, and while we are talking about tradition, maybe please go to church every once in a while or become a tad more versed in the Bible and maybe be able to just explain a painting in the church or at least be able to explain what the meaning of Pentecost is. So there I just have to say that a lot of people’s knowledge about the Christian Occident leaves a lot to be desired. But then to come back and complain about how Muslims know more about the Quran than they do about the Bible, I find that very curious.

Maybe this debate will make us want to go back, and encourage us to gain more knowledge about our roots. So far I find this debate to be extremely defensively-minded. Sure one has to prepare against the terrorist danger, but let us all also not forget just how rich European history is of dramatic and gruesome conflict and war.

We should be really careful when we complain if somewhere else something bad is happening. Sure we have to stand up against that, but we have absolutely no ground to stand on to show haughty arrogance toward others, and I have to say that as the Chancellor of Germany.

The question was spot on. As Muslim immigration rises, Europeans are increasingly afraid. As well they should be.

Merkel’s rambling response was as confusing as her surrender of Germany to Muslim invaders.

First she stated that Islamic terror mainly exists in three countries.

Was she kidding?

That statement alone should disqualify her from holding any office, no less being the Chancellor of Germany. It’s hard to imagine she believes what she said, but either way, whether she is ignorant or lying through her teeth, she is a disgrace and a danger.

Then Merkel seemed to suggest that because Europeans have traveled to the Middle East to fight with terrorists, Europe bears as much responsibility for Islamic terror as Muslim born-and-raised jihadists. And therefore….what? They must atone for their sins? It’s hard to know. Her rambling verged on delusional.

Markel’s’ second point was a real doozie: “Fear has never been a good advisor.”

Really?

Human beings are hard-wired for fear because it’s a signal we are in danger. Well-founded fear tells us we need to protect and defend ourselves. If we didn’t feel fear, we would have difficulty differentiating between that which is safe and good and that which is dangerous and evil.

One also had to appreciate the irony of Merkel’s claim that fear inhibits societies from moving into the future. I would argue the opposite. Fear based on real threats increases our chances of having a future because we realize we must defend ourselves lest we be destroyed.

Then Merkel offered up a weird merry-go-round of ideas that culminated with the assertion that because there are already millions of Muslims in Germany, the debate is over.

Her rant that admonished Christians for being less pious than they should be was truly twisted. It goes something like this: if Christians are not practicing their religion properly while Muslims are devout, then Christian Germans have no right to complain about Muslims. Huh? While I agree that part of Europe’s decline can be traced to the decay of traditional religious practices and values, that does not diminish the right of any European to express their fears about Muslim immigration and demand appropriate action from their leaders. It was almost as if Merkel is so ticked off about Christians not being observant enough that she’s punishing them with more Muslims.

As Merkel finished her non-answer, she offered up a serving of guilt and moral equivalence: since European history is riddled with evil, Europe is now obligated to invite it in. The essence of what Merkel seemed to be getting at is best summarized by an AT commentator who posted this comment on one of my recent blogs: “When a nation is made to atone for its past sins, there will never be enough penance to suit the grievance committee members.”

Angela Merkel has made quite a mess of things and she cannot explain her way out of it. Due to her open door policy for “Syrian refugees,” chaos is unfolding across Europe as the Muslim invasion ensues with no end in sight. This week-end, even Germany was forced to wake up to this unmanageable reality.

The Guardian reported that “Germany introduced border controls on Sunday, and dramatically halted all train traffic with Austria, after the country’s regions said they could no longer cope with the overwhelming number of refugees entering the country…The decision…is likely to lead to chaotic scenes on the Austrian-German border, as tens of thousands of refugees try to enter Germany by any means possible….”

Time reports that few refugees want to stay in Austria and that it is more of a transit route as migrants continue on to Germany. When Germany closes its doors, Austria will close its doors, which will have a domino effect leading to a bottleneck in Hungary.

Meanwhile, Hungary is racing to seal the 100 mile long border with Serbia where thousands of migrants are pouring into the country every day.

Farther north, Denmark also closed its borders with Germany after chaotic scenes unfolded on roadways and elsewhere.

Along the Mediterranean, about 10,000 refugees have amassed on one tiny Greek island alone, hoping to make their way north, perhaps to Germany, as thousands more arrive along Europe’s southern border every day.

And this is just the beginning.

As I asked at the outset: Has Angela Merkel lost her mind?

UPDATE:  Today, Germany resumed railway schedules, with trains once again transporting migrants into the country. The suspension of train service this week-end amount to a mere 12 hours. Merkel was quick to assure invaders and the rest of the world that the brief suspension of train service was “not about a closing of borders and absolutely not a suspension of the basic rights to asylum.” Well that’s good to know. For a minute there many of us thought she might be coming to her senses.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision that Germany accept nearly a million Muslims arriving from the Middle East and North Africa has got many people scratching their heads in wonder.

Has Angela Merkel lost her mind? You be the judge when you watch this recent video or read the transcript of her semi-coherent answer to a crystal clear question:

 

Question: A minute ago you were mentioning the responsibility we all have in terms of how we should all deal with all this refugee chaos. But one of our responsibilities is to protect our own citizens in Europe. And I am speaking especially about refugees from Syria and similar countries from where now even more people with an Islamic background come into our country. And I believe what the gentleman addressed earlier is legitimate that there is a great fear here in Europe because Islamization seems to proceed and grow stronger. So I’m asking you, how do you want to protect Europe, and in that regard, how do you propose to protect our own culture from this?

Merkel’s response:

Uh…I think first and foremost, that Islamism and Islamic terror are unfortunately a phenomenon operating predominantly in Syria and Libya and in northern Iraq, and to which, unfortunately, the European Union has contributed a myriad of fighters as well. And therefore we can’t just sit here and say this is a phenomenon that has nothing to do with us because those are people, sometimes very young people, who grew up in our countries and this is where we bear also a responsibility.

Secondly…uh…fear has never been a good advisor, neither in our personal lives nor in our society. Cultures and societies that are shaped by fear will, without a doubt, not get a grip on the future.

And third, of course, we have this debate that a lot of Muslims also have in which we debate whether Islam even belongs to Germany, or not. But I’m finding that when we have 4 million Muslims in this country, it’s really not debatable whether Muslims belong to Germany but Islam doesn’t, or whether Islam also belongs to Germany.

I see there are these worries, but I have to say that, we all have these chances and all these liberties to practice our own religion as well, insofar as we are practicing it and believe in it. So if I am lacking in something in that, I am not suggesting that someone who practices Islam is at fault for that.

We should have the courage as Christians to enter a dialogue then, and while we are talking about tradition, maybe please go to church every once in a while or become a tad more versed in the Bible and maybe be able to just explain a painting in the church or at least be able to explain what the meaning of Pentecost is. So there I just have to say that a lot of people’s knowledge about the Christian Occident leaves a lot to be desired. But then to come back and complain about how Muslims know more about the Quran than they do about the Bible, I find that very curious.

Maybe this debate will make us want to go back, and encourage us to gain more knowledge about our roots. So far I find this debate to be extremely defensively-minded. Sure one has to prepare against the terrorist danger, but let us all also not forget just how rich European history is of dramatic and gruesome conflict and war.

We should be really careful when we complain if somewhere else something bad is happening. Sure we have to stand up against that, but we have absolutely no ground to stand on to show haughty arrogance toward others, and I have to say that as the Chancellor of Germany.

The question was spot on. As Muslim immigration rises, Europeans are increasingly afraid. As well they should be.

Merkel’s rambling response was as confusing as her surrender of Germany to Muslim invaders.

First she stated that Islamic terror mainly exists in three countries.

Was she kidding?

That statement alone should disqualify her from holding any office, no less being the Chancellor of Germany. It’s hard to imagine she believes what she said, but either way, whether she is ignorant or lying through her teeth, she is a disgrace and a danger.

Then Merkel seemed to suggest that because Europeans have traveled to the Middle East to fight with terrorists, Europe bears as much responsibility for Islamic terror as Muslim born-and-raised jihadists. And therefore….what? They must atone for their sins? It’s hard to know. Her rambling verged on delusional.

Markel’s’ second point was a real doozie: “Fear has never been a good advisor.”

Really?

Human beings are hard-wired for fear because it’s a signal we are in danger. Well-founded fear tells us we need to protect and defend ourselves. If we didn’t feel fear, we would have difficulty differentiating between that which is safe and good and that which is dangerous and evil.

One also had to appreciate the irony of Merkel’s claim that fear inhibits societies from moving into the future. I would argue the opposite. Fear based on real threats increases our chances of having a future because we realize we must defend ourselves lest we be destroyed.

Then Merkel offered up a weird merry-go-round of ideas that culminated with the assertion that because there are already millions of Muslims in Germany, the debate is over.

Her rant that admonished Christians for being less pious than they should be was truly twisted. It goes something like this: if Christians are not practicing their religion properly while Muslims are devout, then Christian Germans have no right to complain about Muslims. Huh? While I agree that part of Europe’s decline can be traced to the decay of traditional religious practices and values, that does not diminish the right of any European to express their fears about Muslim immigration and demand appropriate action from their leaders. It was almost as if Merkel is so ticked off about Christians not being observant enough that she’s punishing them with more Muslims.

As Merkel finished her non-answer, she offered up a serving of guilt and moral equivalence: since European history is riddled with evil, Europe is now obligated to invite it in. The essence of what Merkel seemed to be getting at is best summarized by an AT commentator who posted this comment on one of my recent blogs: “When a nation is made to atone for its past sins, there will never be enough penance to suit the grievance committee members.”

Angela Merkel has made quite a mess of things and she cannot explain her way out of it. Due to her open door policy for “Syrian refugees,” chaos is unfolding across Europe as the Muslim invasion ensues with no end in sight. This week-end, even Germany was forced to wake up to this unmanageable reality.

The Guardian reported that “Germany introduced border controls on Sunday, and dramatically halted all train traffic with Austria, after the country’s regions said they could no longer cope with the overwhelming number of refugees entering the country…The decision…is likely to lead to chaotic scenes on the Austrian-German border, as tens of thousands of refugees try to enter Germany by any means possible….”

Time reports that few refugees want to stay in Austria and that it is more of a transit route as migrants continue on to Germany. When Germany closes its doors, Austria will close its doors, which will have a domino effect leading to a bottleneck in Hungary.

Meanwhile, Hungary is racing to seal the 100 mile long border with Serbia where thousands of migrants are pouring into the country every day.

Farther north, Denmark also closed its borders with Germany after chaotic scenes unfolded on roadways and elsewhere.

Along the Mediterranean, about 10,000 refugees have amassed on one tiny Greek island alone, hoping to make their way north, perhaps to Germany, as thousands more arrive along Europe’s southern border every day.

And this is just the beginning.

As I asked at the outset: Has Angela Merkel lost her mind?

UPDATE:  Today, Germany resumed railway schedules, with trains once again transporting migrants into the country. The suspension of train service this week-end amount to a mere 12 hours. Merkel was quick to assure invaders and the rest of the world that the brief suspension of train service was “not about a closing of borders and absolutely not a suspension of the basic rights to asylum.” Well that’s good to know. For a minute there many of us thought she might be coming to her senses.