Is German Chancellor Angela Merkel suddenly taking stubborn lessons from Barack Obama?
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 26, 2015 – Is German Chancellor Angela Merkel suddenly taking stubborn lessons from Barack Obama? Ever since the Syrian refugee crisis began, Merkel has shocked the West with her stance on welcoming Muslim migrants into her country, despite warnings that she is asking for more than a boatload of trouble.
Breitbart News reported that Former Interior Secretary August Hanning told Die Welt Am Sonntage (the World on Sunday), “German security authorities are (not) and will not be able to handle these imported security issues and the resulting reactions.”
Hanning believes, as do many other Germans, that the country is now welcoming extremism by its so-called humanitarian efforts. Though Merkel insists the workforce will increase in her country, others say Merkel’s actions will foster resentment in the native German population.
Hanning also wants the route from the Balkans into Germany sealed off and a restriction on family reunification. According to Hanning, such limitations would prevent 80 percent of the men now entering Germany from sending home for their families.
Hanning estimates that under the current system every migrant that receives sanctuary will, over time, bring in an average of four additional refugees.
One of the biggest problems, especially with Muslim migrants, is their failure to assimilate into their new surroundings. Eventually that leads to demands on the culture of their adopted country, which lead to unrest and increased crime.
If Merkel continues to move forward with her program, Hanning wants her to require compulsory integration and language lessons for migrants.
The proposals are part of a recent 10-point-plan issued by Hanning’s office. He also feels strongly that Merkel should “declare that Germany’s abilities to absorb more people are ‘exhausted’, and there should be no entry for those coming from ‘safe’ countries, with an exception for children.”
Even if Hanning’s assessment is inaccurate that Germany has already exhausted its resources to accept additional migrants, it does not take a genius to realize that, considering the massive numbers of refugees now entering the country, Germany’s capacity to provide even minimal necessities for such a mass of humanity will soon be reached.
Currently Merkel is under fire within her own party as well as the opposition, who warn there is growing pressure on infrastructure as well as the mood of the general public.
Though Merkel’s personal approval ratings remain high in Germany, her party’s numbers are in a state of decline.
Following the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris earlier this year, Merkel was front and center, arm-in-arm, with other Western leaders marching through the streets of the French capital in a show of solidarity. At the time the attack appeared to be the incident that would finally arouse the West to action against Islamic extremism.
American President Barack Obama took much criticism for not showing up in Paris. In the end, perhaps Obama was right. Given Merkel’s confounding stance on the Syrian refugee situation combined with a weak Western agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons, apparantly the march in Paris was simply another showcase for Western leaders to demonstrate defiance without action.
ISIS is not going to be intimidated by a “parade.”
So long as Barack Obama is in the White House, the United States will be an observer and nothing more. That leaves it up to other Western leaders to take charge, at the very least for another 15 months, until a new president can come into office.
In the meantime, Angela Merkel represents the strength of Europe, and if she persists in following the ways of her American counterpart, the next year could become an eye-opener for those who believe in Islamophobia.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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