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Schengen Shame

opinionPosted by grim(m)burger Sun, November 08, 2015 11:04:51

Summer was still swinging when fugitives flocked to the Turkish beaches to board rickety boats to Greece, an outer frontier of a unified Europe, a guarded gate at the entrance of a borderless expanse inside.

Mutti Merckel, assumedly in a late burst of motherly cravings, thought it was necessary, and wise, to tell the world that the gates to Germany and the arms of the Germans would be opened wide, to welcome and embrace all these desperate, war-weary people. Whether this was necessary is open for debate – as all the talk of indiscriminate immigration always will be. Whether it was wise is a shut case: it was plain stupid.

Madame Merckel has done a great job in Germany as chancellor, she has done it with angelical zeal, prudent stewardship and sharp thinking. Thousands bobbing across the narrow Aegean, and subsequently snaking through the Balkan landscapes drove her to lose her cool and wisdom: in one emotional statement she abandoned the principles of the Schengen concept and accelerated a steaming stream of fugitives, fortune seekers and, no doubt, criminals of sorts: a stampeding crusade that forged a pedestrian highway to Bavaria. The rest is history – with much misery still waiting in the shadows.

While one might excuse, or forgive, Merckel for showing her “mother’s heart”, her decision to throw the Schengen framework out of the window is, inexcusable. That she, and our mindlessly liberal international media, consequently attacked Hungary and others for protecting or closing their borders, added insult to injury and sent the entire European Project into a debilitating fit.

Why? Simply because a basic principle of the Schengen accords is that entry of visitors into Schengen Europe is checked and registered at the outer borders. Until she caused the flood in Greece, this procedure had been followed for years in Italy and Spain, notwithstanding these countries’ financial and economic difficulties. Exactly because, and only because these outer borders have barriers and gates and red lights and guards, we were in a position to dismantle the controls at the internal borders. Declaring from her pedestal, as Chancellor of Germany – assumedly the most powerful head of state in Europe, that hundreds of thousands can simply walk unimpeded to the Bavarian non-border guards, must be considered, certainly within a political and legalistic context, as a blasphemous and utterly irresponsible statement.

The broader consequences of this tragic error – European unity, social fabrics, economical effects, war and peace - will become clear, and largely troublesome, with time, after the human stream in the Balkans has dried up. An immediate and at first glance surprising effect of the crumbling of the outer frontiers of Europe has become evident over the past months. Indeed, many Belgian cities have now placed advanced cameras on all approach roads into the city, all geared towards early identification and recognition of malignant intruders: intelligent detection that can trace and track movement.

All of sudden we need to protect our cities and villages, simply because we don’t check borders: on a sunny afternoon in 2015 Merckel put us all back into the Middle Ages, or so it seems. It is an eerie feeling for law-abiding citizens in a free and democratic society to see all coming and going watched, and spied on, all the time as one drives on country roads. It adds an Orwellian twist to this need for “protection” for, no doubt, the information thus gathered can easily and quickly be (ab)used by the powers-that-be to control and suppress the citizenry.

If the Schengen community lets go of its outer border checkpoints, and migrants march wherever they want, every village will want to, and will have to, deploy their own “border patrols”. That is not very efficient, nor will it prove to be effective. To avoid this nonsense the existing law must be applied and checks at the outer borders must be re-instated! Rather than being uncritically celebrated for heartfelt compassion, Angela Merckel should be prodded to climb onto her pulpit to apologize for her misguided messianism and reconfirm her commitment to European accords.

Grimburger,

November 8, 2015







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The Sorry State, of our States

opinionPosted by grim(m)burger Fri, March 20, 2015 12:48:35

In the past week we were witnessing an interesting episode in the unrelenting speed with which our civilized world is declining. And no, I am not even referring to Elton John parading his non-synthetic child in front of willing and wheeling cameras, nor about a real or tricked Greek middle finger in a German tv show. In the end, they are only side struggles, interesting only for the synthesized media community.

Instead I am talking about the aftermath of the Israeli elections. Indeed, two facts are highly relevant for understanding how far we have wandered away from essential democracy and honest-enough politics.

First, the US government blamed Netanyahu for having stolen the election by stating that those who would vote for him could rest assured that there would come no two-state solution. Apparently that simple, non-clouded nor cloaked, easy-to understand statement drove many more people in Israel to vote for him than the pollsters had forecast (for weeks on end). Lots of Israelis must have switched their intended vote in favor of such a policy overbight. How more democratic can an election be? A majority of people in Israel ostensibly want a prime minister that proposes a solution for their troubles that does not include a two-state framework. Moreover, many Israelis must have thought that this particular issue - the shape of the state of Israel - trumps all others, including economic issues.

Surprise starts when the US government, on the “morning-after”, did not lose time to denounce this last minute statement of Netanyahu as a disgraceful “tactic”, and destructive for the democratic ideal and process! While the United States in general, and its political scene in particular, is undoubtedly the most advanced nation in the world in practicing speech fabrication (in the White House with TelePrompter) and inventing truth-proof spinning, it is difficult for a neutral observer to arrive at any other conclusion than the fact Netanyahu made a simple, “unspun” statement. And many people in Israel said “yes”, yes we understand and we want it that way. One might call this a populist slogan (born out of despair perhaps), but one cannot deny its democratic merit: not money or defamation of opponents, nor clever redrawing of electoral boundaries have gotten Netanyahu his majority, but an easy-to-understand proposition. Democracy in action, even though our European or American self-anointed standard bearers of “Democracy” do not like it.

Surely, the second fact brings us back to basics. Indeed, a day (or two) later, Netanyahu – perhaps not coincidentally on US television – returns to the fold of politics as usual by constructing a statement that creates and leaves some room between “yes-two-sates” and “no-two-states”. To stay in the spirit of the Promised Land, it sounds now like: many settlements are perhaps not in Israel proper, but, if you look closely and with the right glasses, you will see nevertheless that they are definitely in Israel. Obviously this is the democracy that we experience every day, and all over the world. It is the democracy wherein the “resident democratic powers’ scheme to hang on to power. And indeed, if all competing factions agree to follow the same strategy, then what choice does the voter have?

None.

Democracy is not of this day and age. The political system that we are living today is a weak, dark shadow of what enlightened minds hundreds of years ago have put forward as an advanced system of government. Marx may have been wrong on many things, but he nailed it on corruption! And after a few centuries of democracy, the power of the democrats has corrupted the democrats, more and more, and still more.

Grimburger,

March 20, 2015

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