Europe: To Be, Or Not?

Last weekend my daughter, who lives in Vienna, sent us a photograph of herself, her husband, and our four-month-old grandson enjoying themselves in the Kristmasmarkt in Karlsplatz.

Today a similar holiday marketplace in Berlin was attacked by a jihadist, who rammed a truck into the happy crowd. As I write the death-toll stands at twelve, with forty-eight injured.

The attacker has been arrested. Multiple news outlets have reported that he is a Pakistani “refugee”. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

Forgive me for asking, but: why in God’s name is Germany admitting “refugees” from Pakistan? Is Pakistan at war, or under siege? Is the country suffering famine, or pestilence?

It is not.

Europe is very, very, ill, a victim of a weak but highly opportunistic pathogen, and if it cannot soon mount a robust immune response it will die. Even if it can manage such a response, at this late hour it will be a close-run thing — and we have already passed the point, I think, where it can recover without some very serious “unpleasantness”. But the choice is now very plain: awaken or die.

Most likely it will die, I think. (Already there are calls to close down the traditional Christmas-markets for the sake of security. This is what late-stage cultural immunodeficiency looks like.)

When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.

John Howard

I wonder: when the last native Europeans have dwindled to a final few, and they are forced to watch one another put to the sword, will they worry, most of all, about an anti-Muslim “backlash”? Will they wonder, in that moment, how things might have been if they had stood for themselves — and then say, just as they are annihilated, “But that’s not who we are”?

“Not ‘who you are’?” says Gnon, with majestic indifference. “Right, perhaps not. Very well, then. Goodbye.”

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Update, December 20th: According to this report, the Pakistani “refugee” arrested yesterday has been released. The truck had been hijacked by someone who shot and killed the driver. That attacker is still at large.

Saarland’s Minister of the Interior, Klaus Buillon, is quoted as saying that Germany is in a “state of war’. Duh.

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12 Comments

  1. Not that Germans would be eager to seek the advice of a Jew, but if one of them did confront me with the dilemma “that’s not who we are”, I would tell him, “Try not to be a schmuck.”

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 2:05 am | Permalink
  2. Regarding “why would a Pakistani seek refuge in Germany?” I hear he came from Syria, so his excuse was to flee the war there.

    Obviously the next question is, what would a Pakistani do in Syria? The obvious answer is to fight a jihad, same as he continued in Germany. But Merkel’s regime doesn’t vet any “refugees” at the border, so…

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 3:57 am | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    Germany is gripped with insanity. She is welcoming those who intend to destroy her but seems only worried sick that a “right wing element” may be lurking somewhere. For the nation to survive, Mutti Merkel needs to be removed fast. Any “right wing” that does stand to defend Germany will have to fight a mentally ill Left wing at the same time. Hurry.

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Hi Chris,

    Regarding “why would a Pakistani seek refuge in Germany?” I hear he came from Syria, so his excuse was to flee the war there.

    If so, then flee the war he did: to Pakistan. He sought refuge from the war, and found it. At that point his “refugee” story should have found its happy ending, no?

    But the question I asked wasn’t “why would a Pakistani seek refuge in Germany?” — that’s easy enough to understand — but “why in God’s name is Germany admitting “refugees” from Pakistan? That question deserves an answer, and I hope the German people will demand one.

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    Robert,

    Any “right wing” that does stand to defend Germany will have to fight a mentally ill Left wing at the same time.

    The peculiar character of that “illness” is, I think, of the same nature that has given rise to our obesity epidemic: a formerly beneficial evolutionary adaptation that has become maladaptive in our new, modern habitat. (That might deserve a new post.)

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  6. Whitewall says

    This week was the opening week of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. That fight was for “all the marbles”. That generation engaged the fight. This current generation is too comfy and indulged to do the same? Maybe the survival instinct is gone.

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  7. Whitewall says

    An excerpt:
    MICHAEL WALSH: The Wages of Merkelism, and the Death of Europe.

    “That Merkel — like all the politically correct liberals across the European Union who have brought Europe to its present low estate — could not see this coming speaks to the tyranny of cultural Marxism that imposed itself on the nation-states of Europe in the form of the EU: a form of compulsive national suicide, preached as the logical consequence of guilt over World War II and imposed using the stick of “racism” with which to beat a gullible public.

    Until now, Germany has suffered relatively little blowback to the willful blindness of its leaders: a suicide bombing here, a mass shooting there, a machete attack. Even the rape and murder of Maria Ladenburger in Freiburg by an Afghan “minor” “migrant” could not wake the country from its torpor.

    And now comes Berlin. The site of the attack — the plaza near the famous Ku’damm (the main street of the former West Berlin) and a stone’s throw from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial chuch — demolished during the war but left to stand as a ruined memento mori of the war’s devastation — now becomes a new memorial to a new war: a war that must be prosecuted with the same zeal and finality that rid the world of Nazi Germany in 1945. For the world now faces an even more worrisome, atavistic, and implacable foe that must be destroyed if western culture is to survive without fear or compromise.”

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  8. Malcolm says

    Robert, thanks for that excerpt from the Walsh article.

    Here’s a link to the whole thing. It’s strong, and angry: two things the European people seem to have forgotten how to be.

    Posted December 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm,

    If so, then flee the war he did: to Pakistan. He sought refuge from the war, and found it. At that point his “refugee” story should have found its happy ending, no?

    No, I meant the other way round: he was a Pakistani national but he came to Europe through the Balkan route, presumably from Syria. So technically a refugee from Syria, not Pakistan.

    Anyway, it seems he wasn’t the truck driver after all, just another fake refugee with unresolved asylum status after nearly a year and several minor run-ins with the police. Of course he shouldn’t have been here regardless.

    Posted December 21, 2016 at 5:12 am | Permalink
  10. Malcolm says

    Chris,

    …he was a Pakistani national but he came to Europe through the Balkan route, presumably from Syria.

    Forgive me for persisting here, but that’s even worse. If he was a Pakistani national, he wasn’t arguably a “refugee” in any sense at all, just a tourist who should have returned to his homeland.

    Anyway, it seems he wasn’t the truck driver after all, just another fake refugee with unresolved asylum status after nearly a year and several minor run-ins with the police. Of course he shouldn’t have been here regardless.

    Right. It now appears the murderer was a Tunisian, Anis Amri.

    According to the Daily Mail:

    He was put on a danger list shortly after arriving – a move which meant authorities considered him prone to extreme violence. Yet just how much surveillance he was under remains unclear.
    In July this year he got into a knife fight over drugs and was charged with GBH [grievous bodily harm]. But he went underground before getting to court.

    In August 2016 he was arrested with a fake Italian passport and released but his phone was said to be monitored. He then disappeared in December, according to Die Welt.

    A Facebook profile in his name shows ‘likes’ linked to Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia, a Tunisian group with followers linked to extremists who murdered 22 at Tunis’ Bardo Museum in March 2015 and then 39 tourists at a beach resort in Sousse.

    He was in contact with Islamist militants in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and was known to German security agencies, the state’s Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger said.

    Think about that: here we have a mysterious (and admittedly dangerous) Muslim with known connections to murderous jihadis — who has used six different aliases, was charged in July for a violent crime, went on the run, and was arrested again in August with a fake passport. And released.

    Now twelve people are dead, and scores of others injured. Europe must awake from this madness.

    Posted December 21, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  11. “Europe must awake from this madness.”

    Indeed. We here, at least, have been saying this for quite some time. It seems so obvious that it boggles the mind that it hasn’t awoken yet. The same can be said about the mindless obstinacy of the Left in the United States and elsewhere.

    Are there any sensible theories to explain such ubiquitous mindlessness?

    Posted December 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  12. Whitewall says

    “Germany is in a “state of war”…with itself maybe. The East German Mutti Merkel is obstacle number one to fighting the enemy she has invited into the country. Citizens may end up fending for themselves in this scenario.

    Posted December 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

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