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Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld: Berlin attack, a game changer……?

This latest article by Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld was first published in the Jerusalem Post and republished here with the author’s consent along with footnotes.

Usually, the Jews are the first ones to feel the negative impact of large immigration from Muslim countries with high percentages of antisemitism.12 What then happens to them is often a looking glass for what is going to happen to others. These worries were expressed both by German Jewish leaders and by some Jewish commentators abroad.13 14 Yet, in this case, it has not happened. Unlike in France and in Belgium, the Jews in Germany were not the first to be hit. The attacks of Cologne and the various terrorist murders including those of Munich and Berlin were random ones. They did not target Jews first but Germans at large. One will have to wait and see whether this is the beginning of a new trend.

BERLIN ATTACK: A GAME CHANGER?

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Will the Berlin terror attack be a game changer for Europe and Germany? The first question is easy to answer. The European Union is a far from uniform society. A terrorist attack in Germany, France or Belgium does not impact very significantly on the population’s mood in other countries. As far as Germany is concerned, a radical change in attitudes can most probably only be achieved over a longer period with many more incidents.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown great perseverance against strong opposition in her welcome policies toward refugees. The terror attack in Berlin by the Tunisian Anis Amri, in which twelve people died and forty-eight were wounded, is one in a chain of violent incidents, several of which the open-border policy has facilitated.

These included an attack in July in Munich by a German-Iranian, killing nine.1 The major incidents before were the massive sexual attacks on women in Cologne and a series of other German cities on New Year’s Eve 2016.2 There were also other murders and a series of prevented attacks as well as arrests of terror attack planners. One arrest concerned a Muslim radical in the German Secret Service.3

To assess the game changing aspect of the Berlin murders, one might remember how long it took before the U.S changed attitudes since September 11, 2001, with its almost three thousand deaths. Nowadays, Trump’s stereotyping in his anti-Muslim positions is also a long term impact of 9/11 and a number of other Islam-motivated killings.

In the past year, I had bizarre experiences when lecturing to German groups visiting Israel. I was regularly asked whether I could explain what had motivated Merkel’s open-border policy and her claim of, “we will manage” (wir schaffen das). The visitors said that they themselves had not been able to find any logic in her policies.

I then repeated the three possible motivations which I had published in September 2015, shortly after Merkel announced her refugee welcoming policies.4 Today we can see that the outcome of all three motivations has had no results, or potentially even counterproductive ones.

The first reason I gave was that Merkel was seeking to offer the ultimate proof that Germany has changed, and that the new Germany has totally distanced itself from the image created by Nazism. In sharp contrast to the country which expelled or murdered those it defined as outsiders, the new Germany intended to offer a warm welcome to third world immigrants.

One major development of the refugee influx has, however, been the increase in right wing incitement as well as the rapid rise of the anti-Islam AfD Party. In all polls before the Berlin murders, it was found to be the third largest German party. It polls between 10-15%, well above the Greens and the Left party, and far above the old established liberal FDP.5 Furthermore an increasing majority of Germans believe that integration of the refugees will fail.6

The second probable reason I gave for the welcome policy was Germany’s low birthrate.7 Without immigration the country’s population is expected to decline from the current 81 million. This will leave a dearth of able-bodied young people who are needed in the workforce and to take care of the previous generation. We don’t know how many refugees have reached Germany since September 2015, partly because far from all are registered, but estimates are at over one million.8 It is not clear whether the overall benefits to the country of those brought in will exceed the problems that part of them will cause.

The third reason I gave was that Merkel’s mentor, the former Christian Democrat Chancellor Helmut Kohl, went down in history due to his courageous decision to unify East and West Germany.9 Merkel had a remarkable career as a Chancellor from 2005. Being re-elected twice, she however had not yet had that one outstanding act which puts her into the nation’s history. Most probably, due to the future destructive results of her refugee policy, it is likely that she will indeed go into history, but negatively rather than positively.

A short time after the Berlin murders, many suggestions for remedying the situation come up. A few are – better integration policies, strengthening the intelligence services, pitting in more cameras in the public domain, increasing the police force and give it better equipment10 as well as more political backing for it.11

There are two issues, which however stand out, where Germany should learn if it can from both the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump – the need to control its borders and have as few illegals staying as possible. To achieve this the current Schengen open borders agreement with neighboring EU countries will have to be abandoned or drastically limited.

Usually, the Jews are the first ones to feel the negative impact of large immigration from Muslim countries with high percentages of antisemitism.12 What then happens to them is often a looking glass for what is going to happen to others. These worries were expressed both by German Jewish leaders and by some Jewish commentators abroad.13 14 Yet, in this case, it has not happened. Unlike in France and in Belgium, the Jews in Germany were not the first to be hit. The attacks of Cologne and the various terrorist murders including those of Munich and Berlin were random ones. They did not target Jews first but Germans at large. One will have to wait and see whether this is the beginning of a new trend.

Footnotes:

1 www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/22/munich-shopping-centre-evacuated-after-reported-shooting-germany

2 www.isranet.org/manfred-gerstenfeld-german-sex-assaults-europeans-cannot-learn-jews

3 www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/arrested-german-spy-was-a-onetime-gay-porn-actor–and-a-secret-islamist/2016/11/30/57c44f1e-e068-4307-8ddf-848fda772306_story.html?utm_term=.ddc4a0d523b7

4 www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17860

5 www.politico.eu/article/far-right-afd-hits-new-highs-in-germany-wide-poll-state-elections/

6 www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article160597281/Immer-weniger-Deutsche-glauben-an-Integrationserfolg.html

7 www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17860

8 www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911

9 www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17860

10www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/anschlag-in-berlin-deutsche-wollen-mehr-kameras-an-oeffentlichen-plaetzen-a-1127482.html

12 http://kantorcenter.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/general-analysis-09.pdf

13 www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17860

14 www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/30/immigration-antisemitism-and-the-future-of-european-democracy/

2 Responses

  1. Dr Gerstenfeld left out reason number (4) – that Merkel is following the New World Order policies of the UN to (A) break up the nation states of Europe, (B) bring about the end of the white majority population of Europe, and (C) promote the Islamification of Europe.

    Points (B) and (C) will be achieved by sheer population growth amongst the migrant population – circa nine times higher than the indigenous population! – even if primary immigration were halted completely.

    Possible reason number (5) – if you’re cynical enough – is that having failed to destroy Europe and European Jewry by itself, they are bringing in their proxy army of anti-semitic supremacists to complete the job for them.

  2. Personally, I think it’s much simpler than that. These Euros are collection of Socialist statists and faux conservative neo-statists who really do think that they can manage things. Being masterminds and geniuses they they do not trust the civil society, they believe in upper class management (neo-aristocracy types). The reject the enlightenment, they strive evermore for increased centralization of concentrated power. They really do think that they’re crafty folk, that they can hold things together and they really do loathe the average person.

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