TIMES OF INDIA (Europe edition dt. 17th October, 2010):-
: Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarising her conservative camp.
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.
“This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.
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Finally the Chancellor of Germany has voiced something which no German Chancellor since Herr Hitler had voiced more than 6 decades ago. This was something that was always expected by the Americans, Russians and the English. What is surprising is that this had taken so long, since the end of the II WORLD WAR. Legislation had been put in place to incarcerate anyone who said that there was no HOLOCAUST or that the Jews were not herded into the gas chambers at Auschwitz etc. etc.
With the arrival of prosperity in the Sixties, there was a decline in attendance for unskilled labour in Germany (both in West as well as in East). So the Turks arrived and filled that slot with their exalted notions of their past, with SULEIMAN the MAGNIFICENT and the panoply of Sultans who threatened the world with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. But any ethnic group without a strong religious networking would have quickly lost its identity, but not the Turks who had an exalted history and a religious networking to reinforce their special position in the scheme of their God! The Jews survived years of humdrum in alien lands similarly, based on their Biblical history and the religious networking.
The only difference is that, now the turn of the Muslims has come to suffer in the hands of the Germans, who feel threatened by the growing UNINTEGRATED TURKISH population, totaling about 3 million out of the 7 million migrants in Germany. Till twenty years back the Americans, the English and the Russians had cleverly kept the Germans preoccupied with the EAST and WEST division, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall that integration has been pretty fast and surprisingly UNEVENTFUL & silent!!
This silence of the past 20 years seems to have coalesced into something similar to the times between the I and the II World Wars. Come to think of it, in a total population of 80 million the largest migrant population of 3 million is less than 4%, yet the “ANGST”- whatever that means to Germans- seems to have overtaken them. Since the Germans cannot ACCUSE anyone else they seem to be clutching at straws.
Further, Turkey should have a plan to rehabilitate the Turks in its own land, as Germans seem to have a proclivity for xenophobia more than any other country. The Germans seem to have forgotten the times when they needed cheap labour in the sixties and this statement of Mrs. ANGELA MERKEL is truly worrying. I hope this is not a clever ruse by the German political honchos to whip up national passions on ethnic grounds and start another purge.
Whether in German one calls it MULTI-KULTI or FALTU-KULTI, it is better that other ethnic groups leave the GERMANS alone. The good old saying is EAST OR WEST HOME IS BEST. Hope the Turks in Germany read the writing on the wall!!