Merkel reverses course … sort of

I’ve long been puzzled by why the political classes in Europe and the US have insisted on keeping their borders open to the masses of islamic invaders fleeing the disasters that are their mediaeval societies for the metallic embrace of the welfare state.

Perhaps a brace of them have some sort of ideological commitment to the destruction of their own societies. But most of them are pure pragmatists who will tend to embrace and promote whatever is popular, in order to retain their positions of proximity to the public treasury. This is especially so for those who reach the highest peaks of politics – they got there through compromise, ruthlessness and having a keen sense of the public mood. Sentiment and ideology tend to be worn away through constant exposure to the hard realities of building a constituency within the party and tacking with the winds of public opinion.

So I would have thought it was a no-brainer for European politicians to, if not get ahead of public sentiment regarding undocumented and illegal immigration, then at to get behind it.

It took a long time, but it appears that the political class is finally beginning to tack in line with the public:

With her country’s political landscape shifting significantly before her, Angela Merkel has now put her political hat on in order to survive politically in Germany.

As France 24 reports, Angela Merkel is urging European Leaders to protect the EU’s external borders or risk a “return to nationalism.” Merkel said the “freedom of movement” in Europe is at stake as it deals with the worst migration crisis since WWII.

Well, good, we are getting some movement.

But there’s a sting in the tail, as you can see. The reason Merkel gives for changing her approach is not that she was wrong about letting the barbarians walk unhindered into Europe, but that the invasion is creating a backlash among the native population.

And we can’t have that!

Islamic invasion – no problem.

Backlash by people who don’t want salafists machine-gunning civilians in the streets – woah, no way!

My impression of Merkel from the earliest days of the Greek debt crisis was of someone out of her depth, who made indefensible decisions, only to recant and see sense before the situation was beyond salvation but too late for an optimal resolution of the problems. The behaviour outlined above is consistent with that. She may be playing a double-game, but on the face of it, it appears she’s none too bright. Which is a disaster for both her country and for the Europe that is forced to march to the beat of the German drum.





About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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