The paradox and irony of German compassion for Islamic migrants

What happens if migrants explicitly reject assimilation into new environments?


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 13, 2015 – In 2006, conservative author/commentator Mark Steyn prophetically wrote his book “America Alone” about problems facing the West due to declining populations, With the recent migration crisis in Europe from the Middle East, Steyn’s predictions are now becoming a reality, and the worst victim could be Germany.

Steyn’s premise is that the population of the Western world is becoming smaller. That means that labor forces are not being replenished as older generations live longer and enter retirement and fewer young people are available to replace older workers. Therefore, as Steyn points out, the solution for some countries is to “import” labor to sustain the West’s higher standards of living and their productive economies.

The process has been going on for decades, but it has come glaringly to light in recent weeks with the mass migration of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe. Many observers more accurately term it an “invasion.”

Earlier this year, ISIS predicted the onslaught of humanity into Europe and, now, also the United States. The current “hijrah” (the Arabic word for migration and for the event in 622 A.D. when Muhammad left Mecca for Medina to give birth to Islam) may appear to be a search for a better life by displaced Syrians, but it has far greater implications. ISIS and the Islamists know it, yet the West continues to play right into their hands.

Mark Steyn’s words are hauntingly prophetic: “What if the problem is not that the Muslims in the West are unfamiliar with the customs of their new land but rather that they are all too familiar with them – and explicitly reject them? And that the result is a mutated form of Islam uniquely well informed in its hostility to the infidel – and one furthermore in which ancient tribal hostilities between Sunni and Shia, Arab and non-Arab have been subsumed within a new pan-Islamic identity. Muslims have assimilated brilliantly, at least when it comes to mastering the principal discourse of the advanced democratic state – the legalisms, victimology, and entitlement culture.”

It is not economically viable for European countries like Italy, Spain and Greece to absorb masses of migrants. Other nations, such as Denmark, have followed the lead of Middle Eastern countries and rejected the refugees by telling them they are not welcome.

Germany, on the other hand, is a different matter. Chancellor Angela Merkel is surfing the tidal wave of displaced Syrians because her country desperately needs to replace its workforce, thanks to its rapidly decreasing population. Merkel believes that by providing the migrants refuge they will ultimately assimilate and become substitutes for the labor market Germany is losing.

But here is where the paradox mixes with irony. Muslims do not, for the most part, assimilate into new environments. They may remain “dormant” for a time, so long as they are in the minority, but given their high birth rates compared to the declining populations of the West, eventually Islamic societies begin making demands upon their host countries.

They become parasites in virtually every aspect of a culture. Ultimately German culture will disappear, thanks to its political correctness and misplaced compassion.

Oddly enough, the people most hated by Islamists are none other than Jews. So in essence, by taking in Muslims en masse to supposedly replace their workers, Germany is once again opening the floodgates for another potential holocaust.

Now that the horrors of World War II are several generations removed from Adolf Hitler’s attempts to rid the world of Jews, young Germans openly discuss the events of the first half of the 1940s as part of their history. Horrendous as it may have been, German youth tend to look upon that remarkably heinous era with disgust, but they also believe, justifiably, that they had nothing to do with it.

It is much the same for Americans looking back on the role slavery played in our history. For the most part, contemporary Americans, especially young people, feel no need to apologize for something that was historically distasteful but, at the same time, something that is not part of their own personal frame of reference.

Thus, Germany, by reaching out for a possible short-term solution to maintain its economy, may also be reigniting the same catastrophic flames that marked the first half of the 20th century.

Compassion is one thing. Foolhardiness and lack of understanding of a possible migratory powder keg is another.

One only needs to read the histories of both Islam and 20th century Germany to realize that welcoming Muslim migrants with open arms and no restrictions is a recipe for disaster.

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 (

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