Bad Refugee Monday

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A lot happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, much of it contradictory, much of it real, much of it imagined. Some was happenstance, some was exaggerated and much of it was horrifying. In its entirety, the events of Cologne on New Year’s Eve and in the days that followed adhered to a script that many had feared would come true even before it actually did. The fears of both immigration supporters and virulent xenophobes came true. The fears of Pegida people and refugee helpers; the fears of unknown women and of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Even Donald Trump, the brash Republican presidential candidate in the US, felt it necessary to comment. Germany, he trumpeted, “is going through massive attacks to its people by the migrants allowed to enter the country.”

For some, the events finally bring to light what they have always been saying: that too many foreigners in the country bring too many problems along with them. For the others, that which happened is what they have been afraid of from the very beginning: that ugly images of ugly behavior by migrants would endanger what has been a generally positive mood in Germany with respect to the refugees.

As inexact and unclear as the facts from Cologne may be, they carry a clear message: Difficult days are ahead. And they beg a couple of clear questions: Is Germany really sure that it can handle the influx of refugees? And: Does Germany really have the courage and the desire to become the country in Europe with the greatest number of immigrants?

@ SPIEGEL

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10 Responses to Bad Refugee Monday

  1. Den says:

    No reporting here about that, conveniently, while they try to let those misbehavers in here.
    What you have against Maghreb Refugees? What’s wrong with you? was all that was being said here, while they continue to take over parts of Germany raping and pillaging their way along.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Paul Krugman on Flint was especially good today.

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    • Den says:

      “But you can’t understand what happened in Flint, and what will happen in many other places if current trends continue, without understanding the ideology that made the disaster possible.” PK

      Forget not the gutted EPA

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Better. Just over 25 minutes on the sticks to Swilly’s for salmon caesar.

    Soup first.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Had a hard time with a new clerk @ the deli in the grocery store. She finally completed the order with considerable assistance from me and some from the lead clerk.

    She happened to be of the Deep South Afro culture. Don’t know that had anything to do with it.

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