The Leader Role of Germany in the Refugee Crisis

Austria simply snubs the humanitarian question, so do Hungary, Macedonia, Slovakia, etc. They only consider their own welfare and have largely xenophobic populations. Politically they were always right-wing fascist regimes. Remember that Hitler was not German, but Austrian. I have studied the question now quite intensely and I am more than ever before behind Merkel. She is the only politician who sees things realistically and puts the humanitarian question first. This will benefit Germany, and is already, according to some economic surveys. In this sense, Merkel acts in the best interest of Germany but also of the EU. It is right to receive the refugees and do any possible effort to accommodate them humanly. It will pay in the long run, the economies in the EU will greatly profit. And see the relationship that is so distorted in the media. In Germany 1 Mio refugees against 90 million population, that’s not even 1 percent, and in the EU totally speaking the relation is only 0.2 percent. So the media blow this up negatively while it doesn’t need to be seen negatively. Merkel’s idea of a quota system is just and fair and should be followed.

Germany has now threatened other EU countries that if they don’t follow there will be measures against them. This is appropriate. I would suggest economic sanctions but of course they can’t be forced into compliance. This is what this minister from Austria means: the EU can break apart over these conflicts. But to repeat it there are no real conflicts because as Merkel says, we can do it *together* but if they don’t follow, Germany must do it against their will and there will be even more conflict. But I am pro a strong stance of Germany in this question for the right is on the side of those who help, not those who let refugees behind fences and endless zillions of police ‘to keep their countries clean.’ This is fascist segregational politics Hitler style, and should belong to the past. These regimes are poor and for a reason, it’s exactly because of their retarded mindset that braces for security before bracing for progress. Germany must play a strong role here to show them the rules! I hope Merkel can fight it through, for weakness has no place in this situation. The Syrian people will thank Germany one day and those anti-refugee regimes will one day get back the karmic boomerang, for they will go economically bankrupt—as soon as they step out of the EU for they get way more than they give in this situation. This is my prediction. And Greece must be helped with all our EU power, Greece is admirable in what they do and realize and therefore Germany must help Greece even more.

And my last word: if the EU breaks over the refugee question, it was meant to be, for it shows what a façade the EU is in reality. Why do you think I never wanted to work for them while I have all the qualifications? I knew it from the 70s onwards that the EU is one big money-wasting machine. Let Germany be the leader of Europe, then we got to have it right! You will see. This is what the result will be. Our economy has profited a lot from the events, last year was Germany’s strongest ever year economically since WW2, huge profits and for the first time since 1961, the main trading partner of Germany is the United States, while before it was always France. This means something … it’s a signal that Germany has reached equality standard with the USA, and this will be reflected on the political scene in the future. The United States see Germany as the most important partner in NATO for good reasons. And it’s a setback for France that they have deserved with their anti-semitism and the mess they made in the refugee camp in Calais where they drive refugees out like animals upon a court order. It’s appalling, I have no more sympathies for France.

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  1. I think my friend that Merkel leadership connects with the ideas of the eighth century philosopher Maimonides when he said I only know what humanity means when I meet a foreigner.”A great leader, said Emerson, exhibits new possibilities to all humanity.I believe that Merkel is on of those leaders that we really need in our world, and I think that Angela Merkel’s migration policy isn’t driven by morality but by humanity, Holocaust survivor Ruth Klüger expressed her admiration for Merkel for opening the doors to Syrian refugees, saying her “heroic” position had “won Germany the applause of the world.”

  2. The Syrian refugee crisis is perhaps the ultimate testimony to the human will to survive. Recently seeing a piece of footage filmed in the capital of Hungary featuring Syrian refugees en route to Austria then Germany, I was awed by their sheer determination to commit to the three day walk to Austria’s border. Faced with the utmost of harsh conditions, they march through the streets of the Hugarian capital eager to go to Germany where they express a strong desire to find work and live a better life. If they can indeed successfully integrate into the various European countries they are traveling to, they can indeed experience a reversal of fortune. Their exhausting journey will have proved worthwhile so long as EU nations can successfully assist them with their transition. Of course this is easier said than done, however, the aspirations of the Syrian people coupled with acceptance by their European hosts, can lead to an eventual mutual benefit. The logistics involved in this ongoing refugee crisis is an enormous public works project, however, assuming social integration is possible, the talents, education and desire to seek employment will allow the Syrian people to eventually thrive in Europe.

  3. Perhaps the worst refugee crisis ever in human history to date, it is a sheer task in and of itself to attempt to accommodate the influx of Syrian people desperately trying to escape their war-torn country. Austria along with its fellow European nations face what is perhaps the most difficult and challenging human services mission in the history of these very countries. I respect Austria’s position to put caps on the flow of refugees they will accept as well as Austria’s concerns over integration problems and limited resources. By simply allowing infinite amount of migrations to enter its boarders, Austria, along with its EU partners, will sooner or later reach if not exceed their carrying capacity thus putting a serious strain on public resources, goods and services. Potential threats to social cohesion is a concern due to the sudden arrival of Syrian people. While of course the Syrians will not live a life of luxury afforded to the Austria’s citizens, the influx of asylum seekers could potential disrupt social bonds with Austria, such as political protests between rival opinion groups for and against asylum seekers, general conflict between native Austrians and the newly arriving Syrians, and of course the rise of crime, to name a few. Also, racism, bigotry and general hatred could potentially confront asylum seekers as they attempt to integrate into Europe. The entire civil war has led to figure pointing within the respective EU nations, an unwanted consequence of a very ugly civil war being waged in the Middle East. Faced with such an enromous challenge like no other, it is only expected or a natural outcome that there will namely be intense among the nations confronted with the refugee crisis. It is easy to say that each nation should simply accept unlimited sheer volumes of asylum seekers, however, these very countries will experience the direct consequences of their decisions so approaching with caution is a reasonable action.

  4. Apello, Syria:
    The Struggles of Rendering Medicine & Pediatric Care in a Combat Zone

    Apello is the largest city in the war torn country of Syria; it is also one of the world’s oldest cities with a rich history. This irreplaceable landscape of cultural heritage has now been reduced to almost nothing since President Assad began a military assault against his own people in March 2011 for protesting against his authoritarian rule.

    It has long been suspected and there is evidence to suggest that President Assad has and perhaps continues to use what is known as “barrel bombs” on the densely populated city of Apello. In a recent interview with 60 minute’s Charlie Rose, the Syrian President denies ever attacking the civilian population of Apello and other cities and towns subjected to Ariel assault. Despite this denial, there is video footage that clearly shows helicopters dropping “barrel bombs.” Barrel bombs are cheaply made bombs that cause massive destruction upon impact. Even before the multi-national partnership against ISIS existed (U.S./France/Russia), as early as in 2012, helicopters could be observed above the city of Apello dropping these bombs on the civilian population resulting in massive loss to human life, half if not more of the victims were children-the Syrian government was the only entity at the time who possessed air power and thus had the capability of executing such a horrific war crime.

    Equally disturbing, medical staff, whose job is to treat the wounded and dying are apparently being targeted for killing by the regime. Hospitals, ambulances, doctors and nurses, are all being targeted in the bombing campaign as a means of creating even more loss to human life as well as making the delivery of medicine extremely difficult if not impossible for the Syrian medical professionals whose primary duty is to mitigate suffering. I watched one Vice News documentary in which two MD’s are interviewed and in which one reports that some doctors and nurses are actually leaving war torn areas of the country in fear of being killed themselves. Dr. Osman, one of the attending physicians interviewed by Vice News at Dar Al-Shifaa Hospital in an area of Apello controlled by the Free Syrian Army, said that 80% of the patients he treats are civilians and only 20% are actually soldiers. So obviously it is the innocent civilians who are paying the price here and most of the injuries and deaths are caused by air strikes and it is here that the actual culprit of the war crime can be traced to the Syrian government itself despite the denial from Assad.

    In the bombed out seven story medical building of Al-Shifaa, Dr. Osman can be observed treating an 11-year-old boy with minor head injury; the child is also complaining of pain coming from his hand and wrist. A nurse treats the cut on the boy’s bleeding head as Dr. Osman examines the weeping child’s hand and wrist. I watched in horror as doctors and nurses struggled to treat injured and dying children. The country’s most vulnerable are among those who have sustained severe and life threatening injuries ranging from head trauma to serious internal organ damage. Faced with the threat of losing electricity not to mention the potential for another air strike and a rapidly depleting medicine supply, multiple clinicians desperately work on a 6-year-old boy with severe injury to the stomach, kidney and liver-his condition is considered Alpha, code name for critical/grave. An episode that shocked the world was the apparent use of chemical weapons directed at the Syrian people; online footage of this horrific event featured a large number of children having died or otherwise gradually dying as a result of nerve gas exposure. Whoever is behind these brutal attacks on the Syrian people must be identified and held accountable before an international court. There is compelling evidence to suggest that the Syrian Regime is behind these war crimes.

  5. Peter Fritz Walter

    February 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Jaziri.

  6. Peter Fritz Walter

    February 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for your three lucid and well-written essays. You have truly enriched my blog with your comments and I am grateful for your work!

  7. Whether Germany has operated individually or in concert with other EU nations, with respect to accepting Syrian refugees, the country is the preferred final destination for these displaced people. With Germany’s open door policy, Syrian refugees eagerly risk their lives hoping to make it to Berlin. Indeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken the leadership position in what has become the worst refugee crisis in human history. Her executive decision to welcome the distressed citizens of war-torn Syria should qualify her for the candidacy of the Nobel Peace Prize. Indeed thanks to Merkel’s efforts in this ongoing major public works project, the people of Syria have hope for a better future, they are no longer the prisoners of their faith. The kind gesture by Germany coupled with private assistance by German human services agencies will allow the Syrian people to shape their history in a positive direction. However, let us not remain in a state of mind that is idealistic, for once these asylum seekers arrive in their new host country having survived the horrible journey, the honey moon is over. Conditions for newly arriving Syrians are less than favorable and they are confronted with numerous difficulties such as extremely long waiting periods before they are able to receive basic goods and services such as water, food and shelter. For those lucky enough to actually not lose their patience and stick it out, they are registered with the office of health and human services and given vouchers that they in turn can use to purchase temporary housing in German hostels. However, their nightmare is not over yet because many hostels will not accept government issued vouchers fearing the hostel will not be able to get their payment in a timely fashion. Hostels consider refugee vouchers a major hassle and rather rent out rooms to people who actually have money. Also, crimes directed towards and committed by refugees themselves will prove to be a major problem for both the refugees as well as the native population. Clashes between the different cultures will certainly prove to be an unwanted consequence of Merkel’s decision. Despite the initial bad conditions newly arriving Syrians must endure, at least they can live without worrying about being killed by an RPG or helicopter barrel bomb attack.

  8. Peter Fritz Walter

    February 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for your further comment, Nelson. It is a challenging situation and I believe that Angela Merkel is right when saying ‘We can do it.’ (Wir schaffen das!) Great things were never done by low-minded people as you see them represented by Austria and the Balkan states. Even Turkey is doing much more, after all they host already 2.6 million refugees. Also Jordan and Lebanon host many, and it’s important to see that related to their populations, they are hosting a higher percentage of refugees than Germany, let alone the EU. Yet the media report almost nothing about the efforts those countries do for the refugee cause.

  9. Thank you so much Nelson for your amazing and extensive comments, you are a real political analyst, you has so many talents as well and you are too modest…thank you…you really enriched the blog…

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