If the EU Ends, Merkel Has Herself to Blame
I'm in London at the moment, at the very Scene of the Brexit, but it doesn't take Sherlock or Watson to see what was just as obvious back in L.A. The cause of the UK leaving the EU was a woman named Angela and she's no angel. She's more of an Iron Lady, but of a radically different and far more dangerous sort than the original, Lady Thatcher.
Today, the Financial Times, not to mention a host of other outlets, reports German Chancellor Merkel, the virtual (unelected) queen of Europe, taking a hardline in front of the Bundestag against the actual democratic decision of the British people. The Brits would be given no special exception, she said, regarding "freedom of movement" among the member states. They would have to accept the so-called Norway Rule. And no negotiations for now.
Unfortunately, she spoke on the very day we have seen once again—if indeed we could possibly need reminding—the violent potential outcome of her bizarre open-borderish immigration policies with another mass ISIS-style terror attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. With thirty-six now reportedly dead, the bloodbath is reaching Paris proportions.
It is this immigration policy of Merkel's that ultimately engendered the Brexit and will be responsible for the demise of the EU, if that occurs. Although you will hear other explanations, nothing else really comes close. And Merkel is the mother of it all.
As I sat in Parliament today listening to a tedious and poorly attended debate on the taxation of multinationals, my mind kept wandering to why a person in her position could pursue such a self-destructive policy. It clearly wasn't popular with her citizens—and why would it be? A certain amount of immigration is necessary for Europe, most of whose countries have declining native populations, but not this. And there were clearly alternatives. The EU and America could have spent their money on refugee camps, most likely to better effect.
But Germany, it must be remembered, is a special country and the former East German Merkel her signal exemplar. It was Deutschland that was the home of the greatest of genocides, the creator of the charnel house of Auschwitz. Nothing more horrific has yet to be devised. No other society has yet to methodically pack its citizens by the thousands into railroad cars to ferry them to a place where they could be locked into a chamber and gassed. Nothing in human history is quite the equivalent of the Holocaust.
It's incomprehensible, actually. All the many Holocaust movies cannot finally make you understand it. Although I have been to Germany several times and have German friends who are perfectly agreeable and bright, I still cannot comprehend it. I try to forget, but I don't think they can. How could it be easy?
Merkel's confusion in the face of the migrants has to have been deeply influenced by that heritage. She could not and would not say no to these people because Germans don't do that. No, they don't.
Of course, they do. They did a lot worse. And letting millions of Muslim migrants into Europe won't change that. In fact, its long-term prognosis is bleak, unless those Muslims finally decide to assimilate, which, alas, only a few do. The rest cling to Sharia.
Nevertheless, walking around London in the early summer, you don't necessarily feel any of this. The city's parks are beautiful, as always. Tourists are everywhere. The traffic is light (at least compared to NY and L.A.). An English friend explained this was because of Brexit. Business was already down. I'm not so sure. The pound may be lower for now, but Wimbledon tickets are still hard to get.
Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His next book—I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already—is just published by Encounter Books, June 14, 2016. You can read an excerpt here. You can see a brief interview about the book with the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal here. You can hear an interview about the book with Mark Levin here. You can order the book here.
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