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Morally sophisticated and culturally superior civilisation:
Negative attitudes toward foreigners living in Germany have increased so much during 2010 that a third of Germans say they want foreigners repatriated, and 10 percent of Germans would prefer to have a “führer” (a derogatory word only used in reference to Hitler) take charge, according to a new report by published Wednesday.
The report, on the rise of right-wing extremism, was prepared by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a research organization affiliated with the opposition Social Democratic Party. Its publication coincides with a emotionally charged debate about immigration and the integration of the seven million foreigners living in Germany.
With leading politicians singling out Turks and Arabs — even suggesting, as the Bavarian premier, Horst Seehofer, did last week that they would be better off returning to their countries of origin — public attitudes about foreigners are swinging increasingly toward intolerance and racism, according to the report.
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This is a debating point in Germany today:
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The Germans are reserved about the information being provided to the US by a German ‘jihadist’ currently being interrogated (tortured…?) in Bagram by the CIA:
The CIA and American military are currently interrogating a German jihadist at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. His warnings of impending attacks in Europe, apparently financed by Osama bin Laden, have alarmed US authorities — but the German intelligence community is more skeptical.
In the first days after September 11, 2001, Ahmad Sidiqi was considered to be a supporter of jihad. One of his friends in Hamburg had provided assistance to one of the pilots who participated in the attacks on New York and Washington. And he himself had worked as an airplane cleaner at Hamburg Airport. Occasionally, he also helped out the family of terrorist accomplice Mounir el Motassadeq, including a summer vacation taken together in Morocco in 2002. Eventually, though, security officials lost all traces of Sidiqi.
Today, Sidiqi, 36, is considered a terrorist — and if the words he has spoken in interrogations are to be believed, then he already has a remarkable career in the field behind him. The Afghan-German, who was arrested in Kabul at the beginning of July, is now being held in the notorious prison at the US military’s Bagram base near Kabul. He is considered by the Americans to be their most important prisoner at the moment, and is being interrogated by special units of the CIA and the American military. Security authorities in a number of countries are currently analyzing his statements.
Reads like a plot from 24…
Meanwhile, the latest US drone strike in Pakistan is said to have killed eight ‘militants’, including German nationals:
“Five German rebels of Turkish origin and three local militants were killed in the strike,” a security official said, adding they were trying to find out further details of the dead and their militant group.
Another security official told AFP that “some European nationals including Germans were killed in the strike”, without giving an exact number.
During a speech celebrating German reunification, German President Christian Wulff said ‘Islam had a place in Germany’:
“First and foremost, we need adopt a clear stance: an understanding that for Germany, belonging is not restricted to a passport, a family history, or a religion [...] Christianity doubtless belongs in Germany. Judaism belongs doubtless in Germany. That is our Judeo-Christian history. But by now, Islam also belongs in Germany…”
A recent poll found that ‘more than half of Germans see Muslim immigrants as a drag on the country’.
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Muslim men don’t do housework, ‘insurance clerk claimed’:
A German insurance company got into trouble for citing the Koran in its refusal to compensate a Muslim accident victim for the cost of hiring a maid. Muslim men leave the housework to their wives, a clerk for the Gothaer insurance firm argued. The company has apologized.
A Muslim immigrant in Germany who asked his insurance firm to cover the costs of a maid while he recovered from a serious accident had his claim rejected on the grounds that according to his religion, husbands don’t do the housework anyway.
The 79-year-old Algerian man had been seriously injured after being hit by a car and had already received a six-figure sum in damages from the Gothaer insurance company. When he filed an additional claim to cover the costs of running his household because he wasn’t healthy enough to do so himself, an insurance clerk responded by interpreting the Koran as placing the man above the woman.
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A German executive for Deutsche Bundesbank has stated in a new book that all ‘Jews share the same gene’ and that immigrants, especially from Muslim countries, are ‘dumbing down’ Germany, leading to calls for him to be sacked and have his membership of the Social Democratic Party revoked:
He also blames foreigners – mainly Germany’s Muslim population – for “dumbing down” society. He says that the rate at which Muslim women are reproducing means that Germans may soon become “strangers in their own country”.
The former Berlin finance senator said he wrote the book to outline his own fears that his grandchildren will grow up in a country where “their lives are measured out by the muezzin’s calls to prayer”.
Meanwhile, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews told the author that he would be better suited to the far-right National Democratic party following Sarrazin’s statement that “all Jews shared the same gene”, like Basques.
I am neither shocked nor surprised to find Sarrazin is popular in Germany, nor that somone dubbed by Pankaj Mishra as ‘Germany’s Ayaan Hirsi Ali’ stood “shoulder to shoulder” with Sarrazin:
The Turkish-German writer and sociologist Necla Kelek made a speech at the presentation of Sarrazin’s book on Monday in which she defended his ideas. Kelek is a fan of Sarrazin and has won several awards in Germany, bestowed by people who — like her — see all the problems of the world as being caused by Islam.
Liberals making use of their own ethnic origins in siding with demagogues against their own particular pet hates? Surely not…
Mishra’s criticism of Kelek is in a piece in which he links Ayaan Hirsi Ali (whose liberalism led her to work for right-wing warmongering torture fanatics) with populists like Geert Wilders, and the frauds and loonies leading the shrill, racist, charge against Park51 (the latter having their own raging hard-on for far-right thugs). He also points out that intellectuals who peddle The Enlightenment to people marked as ‘uncivilised’, often do so while also supporting war and empire:
Those who tirelessly cheerlead [Ayaan] Hirsi Ali’s war on totalitarian Islam today did not have much, if anything at all, to say about the original despoiling, by western-backed Muslim fanatics, of Pakistan and Afghanistan during the anti-Soviet jihad in the 80s. The long-gathering backlash that finally arrived in the west on 9/11 sent them scampering to bone up about “Islam” – about as gainful a mode of knowing your enemy as Afghans sitting down to read Kant’s essay What is Enlightenment? after a US drone has destroyed their village.
Many of these Islam watchers championed the misbegotten wars that have already killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims and ruined innumerable more lives. But they still present themselves as virtuous and lonely warriors, indefatigably rooting out the internal enemies of western civilisation, who tend to be either Muslims sinisterly reluctant to embrace the true American patriot’s worldview, or politically correct liberal-lefties too scared to hear, let alone speak, the real truth about Islam.
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Turkish-Germans returning “home”:
Young Turkish-Germans are leaving the country where they were born to return to Turkey with their parents. According to a study form the Futureorg Institute in Dortmund, 38% of Turkish graduates would like to live in Turkey. Half of them claim that they “do not feel at home” in Germany, where they believe they are treated like foreigners. Approximately 5,000 of them took the step of emigrating in 2008.
Along with this sentiment of non-integration, another factor that encourages them to leave is the level of discrimination on the job market. According to a study conducted by the University of Konstanz, people with Turkish names are14% less likely to be called for job interviews. This is marked contrast to the situation they would enjoy in Turkey, where the economy has been booming in recent years and there are plenty of interesting jobs on offer to well qualified bilingual graduates.