Der Spiegel reports that German officials are reluctantly admitting that Chancellor Merkel’s decision to throw open the country’s borders has had terrible consequences. Thousands of Taliban-linked militants now reside in Germany.
Europe has been battered recently by a spate of bloody terror attacks. Religious tension is mounting. Hordes of Muslim migrants continue to stomp into the E.U. every day. Germany is particularly stressed as Merkel’s leniency attracted over a million asylum seekers.
German prosecutors are investigating at least 70 Afghans. Six have already been detained. Muslim terrorists are creating their own underground networks. Authorities have no clue how many of them are actually involved with the Taliban because Afghanistan’s records are splotchy.
Last November Merkel announced plans to deport at least 12,000 Afghans. Curiously she claimed that it was because it was now “safe” to do so although the Afghan government is still locked in a vicious battle against insurgents.
German Prosecutor General Peter Frank warned that the government lacks the capacity to mount a serious counter-terrorism operation. Agents are swamped and many potentially dangerous people are slipping through the cracks.
“It can not be that all the young people from Afghanistan come to Germany,” Merkel said during an uncharacteristically harsh speech last year.
Merkel’s energetic attempts to deport failed Afghan asylum seekers don’t make up for the mistake of luring them there in the first place. The E.U. might disintegrate from the pressure of the migrant crisis. Millions of people now live in danger.
“If I could, I would turn back time many, many years in order to be able to better prepare myself, the whole government and all those responsible, for the situation that hit us rather unexpectedly in late summer of 2015,” said Merkel.
Unfortunately, the harm she caused is irreparable. So many desperate migrants are nestled in Germany that it would be impossible for the government to fish them all out.
“The reality of today’s Germany is a different one than the refugee fairy tale of last summer,” Karl Kopp, spokesman for migrant aid group Pro Asyl, said last September.
Syria and Afghanistan are still being ravaged by war. Northern Africa continues to be politically unstable. There’s no indication that migrants will stop abandoning their countries any time soon.
“We will use the full force of the law again those who reject our legal system,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told reporters.
“A reduction in the number of politically-motivated crime is not expected. Security agencies are prepared for upcoming events…and will take decisive action when necessary…Those who need no protection have no right to remain in our country, and those who commit serious crimes have forfeited their right of residence.”
Deporting failed applicants is more difficult than it seems. Migrants are willing to hide from the government. They do odd jobs and avoid divulging their real names and residences. It’s far more sensible to place restrictions on who’s allowed to enter a country in the first place than it is to try and expel people later on.
Europe has slowly awakened to the reality that the migrant experience has failed. Life within the E.U. is getting harder. Government funds are straining to support millions of unemployable people. Western society is under assault.
Conservative Muslims struggle to assimilate into Western society. Their culture does not allow them to live easily in a secular society that grants full rights to women. Most of the migrants are too old to be able to quickly adopt a new lifestyle.
“Extremism is definitely not alive and well and living in Germany. There’s no revolution in the air. The country is not going to lurch to the right. The political landscape is serene, albeit more complicated than previously,” Sir Paul Lever, Britain’s ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2003, told the Financial Times.
Other experts take a far bleaker, and probably more realistic view.