My apologies for being silent. Our most senior family member had a heart attack and that needed attention. Now all is well again, everyone is happy. Life is good. And 1st world health care is really really great.
What isn’t so great, is the media hype about what is called “sex mobs” by “refugees” or “asylum seekers” or “migrants” or foreigners. Since I was asked a lot, here is my take.
I follow a rule: One does not touch other people
Everybody has private space, and that is not to be invaded. Period.
Since some people do not play by that rule, there has been and still is groping, touching and other illicit body contact. Mostly this happens to women, but my ass has been groped occasionally in gay bars and by women. This is neither new, nor is it a foreign phenomena. Women, older than me, tell me it was much worse in the 60s and 70s. But everyone blaming just foreigners should talk women about their experiences. Or maybe talk to women in Bangkok, or other sex tourism countries. You will learn how well behaved our men are. Basically, assholes grope, not foreigners.
Following the above mentioned rule, I discussed with all girlfriends and kids, how to handle groping. Usually they yell at the person loudly and angrily. Or they slap the person across the face hard. Alternatively, they stomp hard onto the middle bone of his foot. In most cases the groper is embarrassed enough and leaves. If he does not, and I am asked to get involved, I will do so.
What happened on New Years Eve in Cologne and other cities in Europe is neither unheard of, nor new, nor foreign. This is also, why the police in its first statements about the night did not mention anything.
If in doubt ask yourself, why aren’t there any pictures and videos online? Whenever something extraordinary happens today, we have plenty of pictures and videos from bystanders. In the case of Cologne? Nothing. Nowhere. There were hundreds of people, and nobody took a picture? Nobody took a video?
Then the matter received attention. And then the media went bonkers. And then political enemies of the current government – from other parties as well as from within the ruling parties – used the case for what can only be called propaganda. It is propaganda against the German Chancellor.
But in a very rare case, I agree with Mrs. Merkel. Her decision to take in more refugees was and still is correct. She only failed to explain it. Let me do that for her.
When the Schengen Agreement was negotiated in the 80s, the Germans had a section added dealing with asylum seekers. Basically it said, people have to apply for asylum in the first safe country, that they reach. Germany, surrounded by safe countries, was very well off.
Since the 80s and 90s the majority of asylum seekers had to stay in border countries like Italy, Greece, France, Hungary, Spain, etc. That this was unfair and a huge burden especially on the smaller and poorer countries has been in the news ever since.
Then a couple of things happened. Greece, being driven to the edge of bankruptcy after 2009, demanded help. So did Spain. Italy was fed up too. The same goes for Hungary. The financial collapse of any of the European border countries would have been a disaster for everybody. Remember, the markets were betting against the Euro heavily then.
As a result of all this, Germany was looking to negotiate refugee quotas for all European countries. That failed.
At the same time, the number of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and others skyrocketed. Turkey, Lebanon and other countries could not shoulder the burden. It was only a question of – very short – time, until there would have been an uncontrolled mass-migration. Or countries going bust.
Thus, Mrs. Merkel corrected the mistake from the Schengen Agreement and Germany took in roughly one million people. Merely sending money to said countries would not have helped. And it would have been difficult to sell that to the German public after sending so much before already. Never mind that most of the money sent to Greece and Spain went right back to banks in Germany, the UK, France, etc.
Mrs. Merkel has experienced first hand, when Western Germany took in 17 million Eastern Germans. She was one of them. And she has an idea, what Germany can shoulder and what not. And just in case anyone says “But those were Germans”, the differences in culture were substantial.
People with some brain and historic knowledge also knew and remembered, that taking in well over a million foreign workers in the 60s and 70s came with some problems. Just a small example, the migrants from East Anatolia in Turkey did not know what a toilette was. They were used to standing above a hole. So they stepped onto the toilets. Imagine what that looked like.
So, migrants need help and education to get along and in order to fit in. That includes education about women’s rights. But lets get off the high horse. Women’s rights are not that old in our own culture.
Migration is good. It enriches a country and a society. The Turkish immigrants into Germany from the 60s and 70s and their children are creating 17 times more jobs than German people. In the US we prefer to hire a first generation American over – pardon my frankness – 4th generation ‘white trash’ any time. And let us all not forget, we all at Diablog are migrants, or children of migrants.
The most recent numbers from 2014 by the German police show, asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan are less likely to be criminals than Germans. So, let’s calm down, and let’s help new citizens to adjust.
And regarding groping, it is not a criminal offense. But if you touch my kids, you will be slapped hard. Because you deserve it. No matter where you are from.