Pro War and Open Borders
Tourists arriving today at Stuttgart’sHauptbahnhof (Main station) might be surprised these days – and not in a positive way. Trains are crowded with African migrants, flooding Germany from southern Europe. Every day, illegal migrants are crossing the German borders. Since the Schengen agreement came into effect in 1995, there are no border controls anymore. Whoever managed to step into the Schengen area can move inside without any barriers.
Some German cities such as Munich officially declared an “emergency” state because the city authorities cannot handle the amount of illegal migrants anymore. Across Germany, towns and cities have been saying they cannot cope with the numbers of migrants. Along with a shortage of lodgings in cities including Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, Germany also struggles to process applications, which can take over a year.
The migration problem has only now become “recognizable” during the last months: Illegal migrants are on the streets, on the public squares, and sitting in parks all over Germany. They come from the west Balkans, from Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The German government raised its forecast for the number of asylum seekers expected to arrive this year to a record-breaking 800,000 - from a previous estimate of 450,000.
Migrant numbers across the EU have shot up during the summer months, thereby overwhelming the authorities, from the Greek islands to the French port of Calais. Many undertake dangerous sea voyages to reach Southern Europe, and then make their way across the continent in the hope of reaching wealthier nations like Germany, the biggest recipient of asylum seekers in the EU.
The German system seems to have collapsed under the pressure of migration.
Now then: How must we deal with this problem? The public debates about migration radicalized within the past months. It is a harsh war of words between the “controlled migration” camp and the “open borders” lobby. The “open border” lobby is represented by a weird coalition of liberal and left wing NGOs, which includes the Green party, sections of the Left and the labor unions, even parts of the Christian Democrats. What is more, some media groups and segments of the industrial elite are calling for the total abolition of any migration barriers. One should memorize that coalition – it will reappear later in this article. The “open border” lobby fights hard to dominate the public debates these days. Whoever doubts their political aims gets stigmatized as a “xenophobe” or even a “Nazi”.
The migration debate has therefore deterioratedinto sheer media hysteria,having all the elements of ridiculousness. One recent example: One of the best paid German TV presenters, Claus Kleber from the state TV channel ZDF, was overcome with emotion when he reported a story about a Bavarian bus driver who welcomed illegal migrants in his bus with the words: “I have an important message for all people from the whole world in this bus: I want to say welcome. Welcome to Germany, welcome to my country. Have a nice day!” That story made it in the news show of Claus Kleber, who told the bus-driver-welcome-story with tears in his eyes. By the way: The same Claus Kleber didn´t show any emotions during his war mongering speeches against Russia or Iran.
The hysteria continues: The German actor TilSchweiger discovered the migration topic for his image work. In the social networks he attacks anyone who criticizes the “open border” ideology. Schweiger also announced plans to build a “refugee center” which brought him a lot of applause from the political mainstream. Even Sigmar Gabriel, Germany´s deputy chancellor and leader of the Social Democratic Party, organized a media-friendly meeting together with the German movie star.
Schweiger has begun raising money to convert an abandoned military barracks near the Harz Mountains into a center for refugees. “I get stopped every day by people who congratulate and thank me” he proudly told journalists. Even so, some people do actually dare to criticize the German Hollywood star. For them, he has just one answer: “People attacked me with the nastiest, most xenophobic and racist comments I´d ever seen. It was really the dark, ugly side of Germany coming up.”
The “ugly side” includes for Schweiger and the “open borders” lobby all those moderate voices who call for respecting the German asylum law, like the 2013 founded euro-sceptic party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD). They criticize the fact that migrants who are refused asylum applications are not consequently deported. The AfD hits the nerve of the problem: The Bundesamtfür Migration und Flüchtlinge (Federal office for migration and refugees) in Nuremberg stated, that more than one million asylum seekers are right now in Germany. More than half a million foreigners reside with a refused asylum application on German territory, among them many who were refused years ago. Only around 40,000 refugees are acknowledged for political asylum. These numbers perfectly demonstrate the current chaotic state of affairs. Consequently, the term “asylum” has shed its original definition to now mean a form of migration. The vast majority of the migrants in Germany are not persecuted refugees; they come for economic reasons. The German authorities do notact appropriately according to their own asylum law anymore, as per the AfD party and other critics of the German asylum policy.
In addition to the inability to deal with the recent migration chaos, the German government does notmake any effortto analyze the connection between the global migration movements and Western global politics, which is strongly supported by Berlin. It is obvious that the war-politics of the last couple of decades is at least one of the major reasons of migration.
Russia´s president Vladimir Putin declared an ugly truth. Putin said the following in an interview with Swiss RTS television channel: “Across the world and in Western countries there are tectonic shifts in public opinion towards greater protection of national interests. Right now Europe faces a specific problem — a massive influx of migrants. But did Europe look into the origins of the decisions that led to this situation? We have to be honest, these decisions came from overseas, while Europe deals with the problem,” the Russian president said.
These sentences of Putin include more truth than all of the migration studies published by the German authorities put together.
A huge number of the migrants from the Balkans are Kosovo-Albanians from the “Kosovo Republic” – a NATO created de-facto regime established in 1999 after the war against former Yugoslavia. The German air force supported the war against Belgrade. The first time since World War II German planes attacked Serbia (this time under NATO command). The former Serbian province that declared its independence officially in 2008 (in reality it is a joint NATO/EU-protectorate) developed into a black hole of corruption, poverty and organized crime. The standard of livingin the so-called “Kosovo Republic” declined dramatically since 1999, although the country has rich resources. The rightful question beside all the human tragedies of the war must be: Did the 1999 war against Yugoslavia serve European or (in particular) German interests? The answer is made clear in all of the buses packed with economic refugees from Kosovo hoping to benefit from the German welfare system.
The same problem appears in other armed conflicts with German support. The US led wars against Iraq (1991 and 2003) wouldn´t have been possible without German assistance and financial support, despite the fact that the German Bundeswehr didn´t participate directly in the conflicts. But Germany was and is stillthe most important US-American military hub. US strategic command centers, barracks, airports and other US military facilities have been located in Germany since the end of World War II, and no German government has ever demanded that Washington withdraw its troops.
The 2001 war against Afghanistan took place with German military participation. Today it is clear: The NATO mission created more chaos and violence than the Taliban government ever did prior to 2001.
One of the most important conflicts, which opened the gates of mass migration, was the Western aggression against Libya in 2011. Western air forces bombed the legitimate Libyan government while Islamic extremiststook over. Libya used to guarantee an effective barrier against mass migration to Europe in North Africa. Libya´s leader Muammar al-Gaddafi warned the European nations in 2011 while his country was bombarded to the ground by the West: “Thousands of people from Libya will invade Europe. There will be no one to stop them anymore”.
The same pattern is visible in Syria: Since 2011 the country which used to be one of the most stable entities in the region is getting destroyed more and more by foreign terrorists and foreign funding (for those terrorists). Masses of Syrians have already left their homeland. Most of them flee to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan – but a respectable amount manages to go to Europe as well. In the past four years, Syria has literally been bled of her people.
From the beginning, Germany has played a destructive role in the Syrian conflict. The German political elite promoted their support for the so-called “armed opposition” – a camouflage term for terrorists. One example: Between January and June 2012, members of the so-called “Day After project” (i.e. the proposed day after the Syrian president Assad is toppled) worked on a report that would attempt to address the major aspects of the future transition in Syria. They were helped by experts in international planning and diplomacy. The project was jointly overseen, financed and supported by the United States Institute for Peace and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Some 45 Syrian opposition representatives of varied backgrounds participated, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
Russia´s president Vladimir Putin hits the nail on the head when he blames Western aggression against sovereign nations like Libya and Syria as an important reason for the migration pressure against Europe.
The already mentioned “open-borders” lobby inside Germany plays a decisive role inGerman support for such aggression. The same groups, parties and organizations which are currently promoting mass migration policies are also promoting Western military aggression. In 1999, as foreign minister, the Green party figure Joschka Fischer supported German military participation in the Kosovo War. Today the same party promotes the “open borders” ideology. And so, the liberal “open borders” lobby is identical with the “pro war” lobby.
A variety of different liberal groups, including “artist associations”,have been promoting military interventions over the course of the last couple of decades – always with the same narrative: Germany has to be on the right side of history; Germany has to help stop a “planned genocide” here (Kosovo) or “gassing civilians” (Syria) there. Today´s war lobby in Germany argues in an “antifascist” way. That twisted argumentation is even aimed at Russia and its president Vladimir Putin, who is called a “dictator” and even compared to Adolf Hitler. The liberal “pro-war” lobby argues that Berlin has to fight for the liberal catalogue of Western values.
How are we to end such a (self) destructive political path? The only constructive way would be a complete geopolitical U-turn in Berlin. However this would automatically include a debate about the US-American presence on German soil. But neither the German government nor the so-called “civil society” seem to be ready today to emancipate themselvesfrom Washington’s influence.