Angela Merkel goes on T.V. to accuse many of her countrymen of holding hate in their hearts.
Reading this news story is amazing because it shows a national leader would rather publicly spin fantasies than deal with reality. According to the Telegraph, “Angela Merkel attacks ‘prejudice’ and ‘hatred’ of German Islamisation marches.”
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has used her New Year’s Eve address to launch a scathing attack on the country’s growing anti-Muslim protests, calling its leaders racists who are driven by hatred.
In a televised message due to be broadcast tonight, Mrs Merkel urged Germans to turn their backs on demonstrations that have seen up to 17,000 people gather each Monday in the eastern city of Dresden to protest against the “Islamisation of the West”.
Speaking to those considering joining the protests, she said: “Do not follow those who have called the rallies. Because all too often they have prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.”
She also condemned the movement’s co-opting of the “We are the people” slogan used in the rallies that led up to the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.
“Today many people are again shouting on Mondays: ‘We are the people’. But in fact they mean: ‘You do not belong – because of the colour of your skin or your religion’,” she said.
Angela Merkel must be desperate. Something has to explain such a stupid move. As far as we know one person in eight in Germany would participate in the anti-Islamization protests if there was one near where they live (Yahoo News Canada). Do all those people want to join a racist movement based on hatred? The fact that Angela Merkel argued the way she did means she acknowledges that, whatever her accusations against the leadership, the potential followers have other concerns. You can’t convince people to avoid a movement because it is racist if the people you are trying to convince are also racists.
So, plainly, there are non-racist reasons why so many millions of Germans are willing to join the anti-Islamization marches. And we can safely guess that, even more people are sympathetic to their concerns than the number of those who are willing to join such a march. People who want to publicly identify with a cause are usually fewer than all the people who are sympathetic to the cause.
We have here a major movement that objects to German policies, and all Merkel can do about it is go attack their character in the national media. This looks like German Liberals are being confronted with something they never expected, don’t wish to accommodate, but don’t know how to deal with.
Plainly, some are worried about Germany becoming an Islamic country. Does Merkel intend for Germany to turn into an Islamic country? Maybe she should say so and explain why such a thing could never happen.
If she can’t do that, maybe she should look for an opportunity to retire. Sooner or later the voters are going to insist on a regime that deals with the problems they believe they face as a nation.