‘Let the hag burn’: Rise in attacks on refugees fuels German debate on racism (Washington Post 16 August 2015)
If you’ve been following international news at all, you’ll be aware of the massive migrant movement of Africans from Libya across the Mediterranean to Italy and then beyond, as well as from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan via Turkey and onward to Greece or the Balkans.
This hardly is occurring in a void; immigration, largely legal, has been an issue in Europe for decades. Now, the flow of “asylum seekers” seems unstoppable, unopposed and unstoppable. One would then, expect vigorous discussion of what, among others, Angela Merkel has termed a crisis.
Yet, discussion of this historic movement north is under severe constraints of Orwellian vocabulary restrictions, and the risk of stigmatization of dissent by academic, media, and governmental elites.
We Right Wingers are fond of referring to the media as the MSM(Mainstream Media), LSM(Lame Stream Media), MFM(Mother Fucking Media), and the State Media. And of course, the predictable response is “conspiracy theorist, “Tin Foil Hat” wearer, and “Winger.” These are venerable institutions, with distinguished histories, staffed by able professionals. Why should we question them?
This article is a clear demonstration on a vital area of concern that the media will frame a issue so that those who dissent are beyond the pale, and “journalists” will not refrain from slander and falsehood to do so.
A surge in xenophobic attacks and hate speech targeting asylum seekers in Germany is igniting a firestorm in the nation where the Nazis taught the dangers of intolerance.
Godwin’s law does not apply to liberal opinion. Those who question a massive demographic shift are of course xenophobic ( And phobias are irrational, so therefore, crazy) and like Nazis, which is a nice way of saying they are Nazis.
German public broadcaster anchorwoman Anja Reschke, is apparently leading the charge in Germany:
“If you’re not of the opinion that all refugees are spongers who should be hunted down, burned or gassed, then you should make that known very clearly,” she said in her commentary.
Wartime New Yorker cartoon, caption “I think I may say without fear of contradiction…” I can Godwin, too. Who died and made him king, anyway?
She’s managed to evoke both the einsatazgruppen and the extermination camps, and if you don’t get on board and welcome “immigrants” and “asylum seekers” you are not only a Nazi, but a member of the SS, and by default if you don’t stand up and salute.
“I received e-mails saying, ‘Let the hag burn’ and calling me a ‘negro-gypsy-whore,’ ” said Reschke, a white ethnic German. “And then there were the people who said, ‘Look, I’m afraid our race is getting polluted by all those evil people from the whole of Africa, but no, I’m not a Nazi.’ ”
Well, maybe. I’d like a screenshot or two.
And before we move on, go back to the headline. “Attacks on refugees” was the focus of the lede. So, one would expect to see accounts of beatings, or at least someone getting egged.
The most important “attacks” in this story are the verbal attacks to which Ms Reschke says she was subject. I have seen this time and again: headlines completely unsupported by the story, and at times even completely contradictive. Media types are well aware that most news consumption these days is a cursory glance at headlines on mobile devices. Anyone complaining of this deceit will be pointed to paragraph twenty whatever, which few will have read.
Here we find, much later in “attacks” on refugee homes, but not refugees. This article in the Stars and Stripes provides more details, and despite the usual loaded terms, does provide a sense that many Germans are disturbed by this migrant surge, as well they should be.
Says the Stripes,
“Germany unnerved by scores of xenophobic attacks against refugees”
It’s liberal bed wetters and far left Europe haters who are, or pretend to be, unnerved by these largely exaggerated, or imaginary attacks. Ordinary Germans, startled by tent cities arising overnight in their public spaces, and one more massive unfunded liability ( see Greece) should indeed be unnerved.
The numbers are astonishing. The German government has revised its forecast of 450,000 arrivals to 750,000. This being a government forecast, I’d bet on a million plus.
The word “refugee” itself is a catchall term deliberately misused so that any border jumper assumes victim status. Here is the definition form the U.N.’s 1951 declaration, as amended in 1967.
Article 1 of the Convention, as amended by the 1967 Protocol, defines a refugee as:
“A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it
That these “asylum seekers” do not seek refuge in neighboring countries but instead head for European countries with the most liberal benefit regimes, is prima facie proof that most are not in fact asylum seekers. Last year, in the U.S. summer ” border surge,” the same dishonesty was seen in media reports describing the plight of “refugees” from the “war torn” countries of Central America. The Guardian described the situation there as “tantamount to war.” If you say so.
Were Central America in a state of war, real refuges would move to camps in Mexico (were they allowed in), just as Cambodian refugees fled to neighboring Thailand in the 70’s, and as various famines and upheavals in Africa has seen millions flee to next door countries. ( I would posit that the Vietnamese boat people were in a different situation as they were surrounded by hostile communist regimes and had no choice other than to flee by sea to more distant havens.)
And equally astonishing is the general forbearance in the face of what is in essence an invasion. Since the 1980s at least, the European intelligentsia has been obsessed with “skinheads” and “neo-Nazis,” who, in their tiny numbers, were, and remain beyond the pale of bourgeois society, but if finally the fascist resurgence that the left has squealed about for years( and in my view, secretly desires) it will be on them.
Politicians, academics, and media can stigmatize, marginalize, and ignore the masses they so despise for only so long. Just as Jimmy Kimmel can weep for Cecil the Lion with no regard for African workers who earn badly need cash for hunters,
Claus Kleber of ZDF television, welled up as he told the story of a Bavarian bus driver who, when a group of 15 refugees boarded his bus, made the following announcement in English:
“I have an important message for people from the whole world in this bus: Welcome!” Kleber’s voice cracked while translating the driver’s message into German, adding: “Sometimes, it can be so simple.”
Kleber later tweeted apologetically: “Sometimes I react more emotionally to small positive details than to big stories. Not very professional. But okay? The next show is waiting.”
No, it’s not very professional, but entirely typical. Fewer and fewer are listening. There will be a reckoning. Let’s hope it’s at the ballot box, and not in the streets.
And finally, Ms. Reschke, you got nasty emails, you say. You are a public figure. I’m a nobody and I get beheading threats on twitter now and then.
Suck it up.