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    Lines of Departure - Refugee Crisis

    Dear Germany:

    After the uprising of the 17th June
    The Secretary of the Writers Union
    Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
    Stating that the people
    Had forfeited the confidence of the government
    And could win it back only
    By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
    In that case for the government
    To dissolve the people
    And elect another?

    ~ Bertholt Brecht, The Solution

    So I understand that your rulers and overlords have decided that you have to take in some eight hundred thousand “refugees” from wherever.1 Yes, yes, I know they’ve tried to pretend that these are people fleeing persecution, but you know and I know that most of them are looking for either a better job or a healthy dose of your government’s largesse. Yes, yes, I am sure they show you the picture of the drowned Syrian kid, Alan Kurdi,2 about half hourly to spark your conscience, but you know and I know the kid was killed by his human-smuggling father’s negligence and incompetence,3 as the father went in search of some free dental care at European expense.4 No, no; I am sure you were not consulted, lest you give the wrong answer.

    But forget all that. Forget, too, that there is no particularly good reason to believe that this eight hundred thousand will be it. Instead, since I am, so to speak, in the business of warnings; let me warm up my crystal ball and delve a little into your future.5

    Ah…I see the fog is dissipating….it’s all becoming clear now…

    In the first place, they’re not going to go away of their own volition while young and, given the disparity between your medical system and what they’ve left behind or would have to go to, probably not ever. On the plus side, at least, if they move out of the EU to someplace with a lower cost of living, you won’t have to pay as large a pension.6

    In the second place, however your overlords try to play it up, this is not a refugee crisis; this is a Volkswanderung, a migration of peoples, such as Europe hasn’t seen since your collateral ancestors crossed the Rhine one cold New Years Eve. By the way, I misremember; how’d that one work out for the Romans and the Gauls?

    Thirdly, these are mostly going to be – perhaps not unlike like those early Germans crossing the Rhine – not families, qua families, but men. One UN report7 claims about two-thirds male. That means different things which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In some instances, one suspects, families – perhaps very large families, and not necessarily monogamous ones – will be following as soon as their father and husband is settled in nicely. However, though the degree to which it is true is often exaggerated in the west, Islam tends to create at least a mild artificial shortage of marriageable females. Note that young heterosexual men who cannot find women tend to be troublesome.

    Fourthly, a lot of these are going to be Christians, ISIS/DAESH being rather more harsh on Christians, who make up about fifteen percent of Syria’s population, than, strictly speaking, the Quran calls for.8 I define “harsh” in this case as things like blowing up monasteries, enslaving women and girls and selling them, beheading of the innocent, shootings, and all around ethnic cleansing.

    However, and this is rather important, they’re not all going to be Christians. ISIS almost certainly has people in among the “refugees.” We need not go into a panic and assume that it’s anything like one in fifty.9 For one thing, in those numbers, ISIS needs them where they are, fighting to expand the Caliphate. Secondly, that kind of number is more than would be needed to create any practical amount of terror. Lastly, those kinds of numbers are enough to cause you to crack down in some very severe ways, that would make it all but impossible to employ any terror against you.

    So let us, fifthly, be a little calmer and more charitable here. Let us presuppose that none of the women and children are terrorists, though this may be overly optimistic, and that like Marilyn Chambers, Ivory Snow Girl, ninety-nine and forty-four one hundredths of the roughly seventy percent of eight hundred thousand refugees are as pure as the driven snow. Guess what? That means roughly thirty-one hundred likely terrorists in among those eight hundred thousand refugees.

    Hmmm, upon pausing to reflect, the utterly incompetent Baader-Meinhof gang drove a much less politically correct Germany batshit crazy for decades. It never had more than fourteen members, and total membership appears to have been – there’s that number again – thirty-one over twenty-seven years. How are you, the much less rigorous and stout and ruthless Germans of today, going to deal with one hundred times more terrorists, who would – they could hardly fail to be – much more competent?

    Yeah, go ahead and listen to this for a while.

    Interestingly enough, speaking of Baader-Meinhof, I see where one of the founding member, Horst Mahler, has become a neo-Nazi.10 Now isn’t that amusing? Interestingly enough, speaking of Nazis…

    Yeah…sixthly, and finally, I cannot imagine any act your lords and masters could have taken more likely to push you back in that direction than to inflict upon you nearly a million – and it will grow – unemployed, inassimilable, terrorist infiltrated, young men, largely deprived of female companionship. Why, the possibilities are endless.

    How will it play out? No one can say for certain, but my crystal ball says fanatical rightists will expand their ranks and their degree of fanaticism in response to this – it is, after all, a huge slice of humanity – while fanatical leftists will do the same in response to the rise in fanatical rightism. They will, as they have before, feed on each other. Who will win? I don’t know that, either, but you are still Germans and your instincts will move you to the right.

    Who knows, maybe it’ll even last the full thousand years this time.

    Sincerely, your friend,

    Tom

    __________

    1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11860762/Germany-struggles-with-the-challenge-and-the-obligation-to-help-the-oppressed-by-accepting-800000-refugees.html And doesn’t Angela look just darling with her party’s future constituent, as she elects a new people to replace you?

    2 http://en.alalam.ir/news/1735589

    3 http://globalnews.ca/news/2215315/alan-kurdis-father-was-working-as-a-human-smuggler-claims-fellow-refugee/

    4 http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/alan-kurdis-father-blames-canada-for-death-of-his-family-as-pm-suggests-he-will-expedite-refugee-applications

    5 Speaking of your future, Germany, I’ve talked with my publisher and she’s going to have my dystopian novel, Caliphate, translated into German. For the free English version: http://www.amazon.de/Caliphate-English-Edition-Tom-Kratman-ebook/dp/B00ARPJDLA/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1T23HP3EEM1ZPK4RX6RW And I see you’re downloading it in ever increasing numbers. Good for you. Why? Why because despite sending a fair slice of my gene pool up in smoke, I like you and care about you.

    6 If I am reading your retirement system correctly. http://www.deutsche-rentenversicherung.de/Allgemein/en/Inhalt/04_international/dt_rentenzahlung_anderer_staat.html

    7 http://data.unhcr.org/mediterranean/regional.php

    8 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/ISIS-razes-monastery-as-oppression-of-Christians-continues-412811

    9 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/1-in-50-syrian-refugees-in-europe-could-be-an-isis-jihadist-minister-warns-david-cameron-10501249.html

    10 http://home.alphalink.com.au/~radnat/mahler/partone.html

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    Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, and science fiction and military fiction writer. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, he makes his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe. Tom’s books can be ordered through baen.com.

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      • KenW

        “Marilyn Chambers, Ivory Snow Girl, ninety-nine and forty-four one hundredths…”

        “Why? Why because despite sending a fair slice of my gene pool up in smoke, I like you and care about you.”

        You’ve gotta tone this stuff down, no way I can keep from laughing out loud at work.

        • Tom Kratman

          Nah, that’s part of the fun.

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      • Iron Spartan

        Even if there are open an public beheadings and rapes in the streets of Berlin, much like have happened in London, do you think the Germans have the will left to save themselves?

        • http://otherwheregazette.wordpress.com sotarrthewizard

          Actually, yes. Germany has a history of repeated zero-to-jackboots conversions. . . .

          Which generally have nasty side effects, but I suspect the French will not be far behind. . .

        • Steven Schwartz

          Germany has a history of repeated zero-to-jackboots conversions. . . .

          I’m curious as to where you get “repeated”. I mean, given that the jackboots have been around since, well, forever…even the fall of the Weimar Republic hardly came from “zero”.

      • Allston

        Marilyn Chambers. By God, now there’s a flashback.

        All Islamic “Immigrants,” in through the “Green Door.” :)

        • http://www.angry.net/blog2 Angry Webmaster

          yeah, pity she died a few years ago, of actual natural causes too.

      • Can Terzioğlu

        “Interestingly enough, speaking of Baader-Meinhof, I see where one of the founding member, Horst Mahler, has become a neo-Nazi”

        Jesus

        • Tom Kratman

          Thinking of swimming the Tiber to Holy Mother Church, Can? It might be a good idea, actually…

        • Hans Maulwurf

          Fun Fact another member, Bernharnt Falk, of the R.A.F. is now a radical islamist who proposes an islamic revolution against capitalism.

        • Tom Kratman

          It gets better and better, doesn’t it?

        • Can Terzioğlu

          That better be a joke. Please let both be a joke.

        • Steven Schwartz

          Well, as pointed out to Maulwurf, Falk wasn’t RAF. But the Mahler story isn’t a joke.

          Because of PLO support for the RAF and other such movements, there is an unpleasant strain of anti-Semitism in some radical left-wing movements, which makes it very easy to flip over to the far right, where anti-Semitism is very readily accepted.

        • Hans Maulwurf

          You are right, he was a member of another left-wing terrorist group. Still found the transition of his marxist ideas of proletarian revolution to a worldwide muslim revolution quite bizarre.

        • Steven Schwartz

          Here’s the thing; the leap from “We blame these people for our problems!” to “We blame this different set of people for our problems!” is not a huge one; and, as they say, politics makes strange bedfellows.

          Once you’ve decided, coming from right or left, that the world is divided into Good People and Bad People, it becomes very easy to start shuffling more and more people into the Bad list; and then you can end up in some very strange places.

        • Steven Schwartz

          Falk wasn’t RAF. He was AIZ, which claimed to follow in the RAF’s footsteps, but that’s a different thing.

        • Can Terzioğlu

          Well Tom if Jesus is somewhere he better hear. I am merely dumbfounded at how easy extremists get along, even neonazis and lefty terrorists.

        • dirk gently

          KKK and the Black Panthers used to frequently give each other money.

      • Can Terzioğlu

        Also you better not goad them to a fourth Reich.

        Germans are constantly pressured for good reasons, it doesnt end well for the rest otherwise.

      • Cherine Derbala

        Yes, Tom: It will trigger the reaction of an extreme right wing for a duration, if I may insert my own personal forecast, of 1.5 generations. The mere fact that a tsunami of migrants have been unleashed after 4 years of “containment” & vast majority men is a statement with an objective for provocation. So, I agree 1000%

        • Tom Kratman

          Fortunately for the rest of us, for all their many, O _many_, military virtues, from the technical to the operational, Germany tends to elevate strategic imbeciles. (Oddly enough, Hitler was something of an exception to this rule, but had other weaknesses – both personal and circumstantial – that tended to negate whatever strategic insights he had.)

        • Neil

          In fairness to German leadership, their strategic situation is well-nigh hopeless from a military point of view.

          Now, if they were able to harness their cultural and economic might to create a series of buffer states with strong ties to Germany and fearful of attack from the east and southeast, that would be different.

          Oh, wait…

        • Tom Kratman

          Nah, it’s not hopeless and never has been. They’re own strategic paranoia and imbecility tends to make things a lot worse that they have to be for them. Contemplate, for example, a less paranoid German General Staff, pre-Great War, actually coming up with the real correlation of forces and an accurate estimate of national strengths, to include their own, and deciding to go east in the event of mobilization while standing pat with 40 to 60 divisions in the west. (Note: the UK will still end up coming in, but they’ll come in weak, divided, and without much of a cause to sustain their effort.)

          But the Huns never seem able to do that.

      • Jono

        I started off being sympathetic to the aspirations of the invaders. Watching the coverage of their progress on CBS and NBC, I gradually became aware of the great preponderance of young males in the crowds.

        Watching Marilyn in the Green Door was great fun.

        • Tom Kratman

          Whatever her vices, at least one can say she’d have been one helluva ride.

        • James

          What do you say of a people who’s young men run from fighting for their country?

      • Steven Schwartz

        Yes, yes, I know they’ve tried to pretend that these are people fleeing persecution, but you know and I know that most of them are looking for either a better job

        Well, certainly a better job than “bomb target” or “conscript soldier” or “rubble-picker”, yes.

        In the second place, however your overlords try to play it up, this is not a refugee crisis; this is a Volkswanderung, a migration of peoples, such as Europe hasn’t seen since your collateral ancestors crossed the Rhine one cold New Years Eve. By the way, I misremember; how’d that one work out for the Romans and the Gauls?

        Really, Tom; your hyperbole is showing. After all, Europe did see the Magyars, among others, since the time you’re referring to. Or is Hungary no longer part of Europe?

        (Which reminds me; for the most part, it worked out like you’d suspect from a migration; people intermingled, people intermarried, language groups got muddled up, and people persisted. It’s what they do.)

        And remember; the “migration of peoples” you’re referring to came with its own governmental structure and army, as is quite clearly *not* the case here.

        [deleted -- some mealy-mouthed statistics]

        However, and this is rather important, they’re not all going to be Christians. ISIS almost certainly has people in among the “refugees.”

        Well, considering that ISIS has shown itself primarily to be a paramilitary movement, rather than an underground terrorist one, I’m curious as to your “almost certainly”.

        Hmmm, upon pausing to reflect, the utterly incompetent Baader-Meinhof gang drove a much less politically correct Germany batshit crazy for decades

        Your definition of “batshit crazy” clearly needs some calibration. So, for that matter, does your definition of “utterly incompetent”. If Germany was batshit crazy over the Baader-Meinhof gang, then this country has never been anything other than batshit crazy since the beginning of the 20th century on the subject of “communists” and “anarchists”, and is still quite firmly in that realm when it comes to the subject of “black people”.

        It never had more than fourteen members, and total membership appears to have been – there’s that number again – thirty-one over twenty-seven years.

        a) you’re forgetting the fact that it’s not merely the Rote Armee Fraktion you need to look at, but groups affiliated with and acting in solidary with the movement, especially after Baader and Meinhof were imprisoned.

        b) If 31 people can make a country “batshit crazy” for so many years, I repeat my comment regarding their competence. They may never have been within shouting distance of starting a revolution; but they had an impact far beyond their numbers.

        Yeah…sixthly, and finally, I cannot imagine any act your lords and masters could have taken more likely to push you back in that direction than to inflict upon you nearly a million – and it will grow – unemployed, inassimilable, terrorist infiltrated, young men, largely deprived of female companionship. Why, the possibilities are endless.

        Let’s unpack this a bit:
        “unemployed” — well, until they find jobs. You make it sound like a permanent condition, like being blind.
        “inassimilable” — Oh, *really*? And what makes you say that?
        “terrorist infiltrated” — *everywhere* is terrorist-infiltrated. If we considered “terrorist-infiltrated” a disqualifier for a group of men, or a sign that a group of men is dangerous and should be excluded from society, we’d have to presume the U.S. Armed Forces and many police departments in the U.S. fit the bill — they’re just a flavor of terrorist you’re more comfortable with.

        Why, the possibilities are endless.

        Indeed, they are, which is precisely why your particular brand of fearmongering is particularly despicable.

        I have a great deal of faith in the Germans I’ve known, lived with, worked with, etc. That you don’t saddens me, but doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

        • Tom Kratman

          Sadly, Steven, between a) your sociopathic inability to understand that anything can be true of someone that isn’t true of you – I refer specifically to your penchant for assuming and insisting that no one can even rationally discuss something unpleasant without actively wanting to do that something, b) your basic stupidity in not being able to see the difference between analysis and active “vigorous” defense, and c) your lack of integrity in spreading your own inanities as truths, there is nothing worth saying to you, nothing you are fit to hear, and no use in expending any effort on you.

        • Steven Schwartz

          Then feel free not to respond, Tom — my refutations and comments to you stand or fall on their own truth.

          However, I do find c) particularly risible, as it’s certainly a case of the pot calling the zebra black when *you* accuse *me* of it.

        • Tom Kratman

          Frankly, you’re unfit to comment on c), Steven, as you are unfit to comment on anything.

        • Steven Schwartz

          And I find you equally unfit, given your repeated dishonesty and disregard for fact; however, since you comment, and I comment, our mutual opinion doesn’t particularly matter. Do feel free to engage, or not, with the points I make. It’s entirely up to you.

        • Tom Kratman

          I don’t have any reason to believe I have ever been dishonest in my life. You, on the other hand, live, eat, drink, and breath dishonesty as does nearly every other red who ever lived.

          Note, here, that your aversion to the truth doesn’t make a liar out of anyone but you.

        • Steven Schwartz

          I don’t have any reason to believe I have ever been dishonest in my life.

          Denial — it’s not just a river in Egypt.

          I also have no reason to believe you when you say that, Tom, since I’ve seen your behavior elsewhere.

          Indeed, the idea that someone has *never* been dishonest in their lives — well, Tom, if you tried to write that as a character in a story, you’d get told it wasn’t believable.

          I find it repeatedly amusing that instead of *demonstrating* lies, or dishonesty, all you’ve got is jumping up and down and pointing and going “Liar! Liar! Liar!”.

          Have any actual points you’d care to address, or is this simply going to be “Tom Kratman Demonstrates the Argument Ad Hominem” over and over again?

        • Tom Kratman

          That’s because, as suggested, Steven, you cannot see anything in anyone that isn’t true of you. You’re a liar, so everyone else must be, too. Conversely, I am _the_ most honest man I know, but can see you for what you are an need not, as you do, assume someone else has to be like me.

          Now I can be wrong, being only human, but dishonest? No. You, conversely, could sometimes be right, being at least partially human, but honest? That you could never be except by accident.

        • Steven Schwartz

          That’s because, as suggested, Steven, you cannot see anything in anyone that isn’t true of you.

          I suspect that if you asked a hundred people “have you ever been dishonest” — *ever*, when you were 5 or 55, whether you lied and said you loved that sweater you were given by Aunt Hilda with the glow-in-the-dark reindeer with light-up LED noses, etc., etc., and so forth — most would admit that they had been. Because people are people.

          Conversely, I am _the_ most honest man I know

          So you say. I again have no reason to trust you, and given the way you regularly misrepresent people, much reason to doubt you, unless the people you know are also habitually in that characteristic, or in such massive denial of the way the world works that they are not, in fact, “dishonest” but merely massively deluded.

          Now I can be wrong, being only human, but dishonest? No.

          Willful ignorance in the face of correction is dishonesty, and I have seen you display that before.

          Ergo, you have been dishonest.

          but honest? That you could never be except by accident.

          And here we go — indeed, this is a prima facie example of your regular dishonesty, unless you are reaching for some very precise definition of “honest” you don’t share with people.

          I call upon you to point out a lie you think I’ve made. Not a disagreement, a *lie*. After all, you may think “the Baader-Meinhof group were massively incompetent” is a fact; I feel otherwise about the R.A.F. But difference of opinion is not dishonesty.

          And if you claim that it is, then you are *just* as open to the accusation of dishonesty as I, because you are basing your claim upon a difference of opinion; asserting, in effect, that those who disagree with you are liars.

          I think you are a dishonest man — that is a true statement. No accident. :)

        • Tom Kratman

          And, Steven, given that you are you, if you believed me I would have to run to church and ask the priest for special confession for whatever sins of mine I’d previously had no clue to.

        • dirk gently

          Oh, god, if you can’t classify the Baader Meinhof Gang as utterly incompetent, then you have no standards.

          The effect of their actions is utterly orthogonal the BMG’s competence level.

          As to muslim refugees being unassimilable….please tell us 3 places where a large population of muslim newcomers has ever assimilated with the prevailing culture, as opposed to demanding that members of the prevailing culture all start observing the dictates of Sharia law, even if the non-Muslim majority doesn’t give a flying fig about Islamic beliefs.

      • Hans Maulwurf

        If i were a betting man and had to choose where the big uprising against the islamization will take place I would take my bet with France and Russia.

        France had a strong right-wing party for quite sometime which is getting even more popularity right now. Also they have a history of revolutions with a big bloodbath to get rid of the old ruling class.

        Russia always has a tendency to solve his problems in a radical fashion and looking at the demographics I expect we will see new Gulags for the russian muslims in the future. Mostly unknown in the west, I assume, Stalin deported/killed a lot of Imans and restricted/forbade Islam (he did the same thing to the russian christians too) wherever he could and I think Putin might do the same thing some time in the future.

        Germany and Britian won’t start an uprising on their own, they are too deeply rooted in political correctness, your book caliphate was on point there. As a german I, of course, hope we both are wrong and maybe there is even a more human way of solving the problem then to reactivate the Einsatzgruppen, but I doubt it.

        • Tom Kratman

          Well…it doesn’t help that your best non-Einsatzgruppenesque weapon is religion, but both you and the Brits discount it. Though, you know, I wonder about that, too, that secularism isn’t a lot more than a fashion statement. I remember my first sojourn in Germany, at aged 15, and the place struck me then as _deeply_ religious and deeply Christian.

        • Hans Maulwurf

          I don’t know about the thing with religion, the most resistance comes out of eastern germany which is basically an atheist paradise even after the fall of the GDR.

          Also considering the current leadership of the current protestant church I wouldn’t expect anything from them. The catholics probably will offer more of a challenge.

          And is Schwartz the crazy leftist I think he is?

        • Tom Kratman

          Crazy, integrity-challenged, and not all that bright, really, but very, very earnest-seeming, within the constraints of those other factors.

        • Tom Kratman

          Oh, and I’m sure it is. But we were talking about relatively bloodless ways to resist; the largely secular Brandenburgers will probably not go with bloodless.

        • Hans Maulwurf

          Ahh, I misinterpreted your argument there. Fair point, then.

        • Tom Kratman

          I was drinking at the club about 18 years ago with some Faehnerichte from the school at Frankenstein Kaserne and a couple of them, tankers, said, more or less, “Oh, I’d much rather have a platoon of Ostdeutsch. They don’t question orders and they actually like this shit.”

        • Jack Withrow

          I personally think the Warsaw Pact is about to make a big comeback and it will not be aimed at the West. Also I heard something about the Cossacks making a comeback in Russia. Can’t find the reference now, but that is kind of telling to my mind if true. Time will tell.

        • Tom Kratman

          Not impossible, but Russia’s so fucked I can’t quite see it.

        • Jack Withrow

          Russia will be the senior partner, but will not dictate what the Pact does. I think it will be a true alliance, not the charade the Pact was back when the USSR was around. Russia has just as much reason to fear the Haji’s as Eastern Europe does. And more importantly Putin’s troops in Syria, if they protect Christians, will gain them a lot of good will in Eastern Europe.

          I could be wrong, but I think Putin and his cronies fear Islamic Terror as much as anyone else. And with Russia’s Southern Border pretty much a bastion of Islamic Terror I can see Putin making concessions to reform the Pact. Russia supplies the arms and munitions while Eastern Europe supplies the majority of the troops since Russia can not any longer field massive forces.

        • Steven Schwartz

          I think it will be a true alliance, not the charade the Pact was back when the USSR was around.

          I’d be surprised; most of the Eastern Europeans have long memories, and the threat of Islamic terror is still much vaguer in many people’s memories than the threat of Russian occupation.

          Further, they’re already economically looking West in many cases; why tie themselves to the mess that is the Russian economy by spurning ties with Western Europe? Given the way Putin’s been behaving towards Ukraine, as well…

        • dirk gently

          As horrrible as the Commies were, they didn’t set of bombs in public places, nor behead people in the street. College students in eastern Europe have never lived under commie rule, but Muslim atrocities are in the headlines nearly every day.

        • Steven Schwartz

          As horrrible as the Commies were, they didn’t set of bombs in public places, nor behead people in the street

          Actually, they drove tanks through public places, leaving a pretty impressive set of images to remain in people’s minds. And they can go down to the center of town and say “Yes, that happened right here” vs. “This is what happened many miles away.”

        • Tom Kratman

          It might be, and it might be better, too, for everyone.

        • Harry_the_Horrible

          That is another reason I am for letting the Sov, er, Russkis rescue Assad…

        • dirk gently

          Don’t ever confuse Russia with the Communist (which is to say, secular Jewish) government which hijacked Russia for 7 decades.

        • Steven Schwartz

          Also they have a history of revolutions with a big bloodbath to get rid of the old ruling class.

          A history of them? I can recall one bloodbath, but most of the regime changes since then have been, IIRC, relatively bloodless.

          Germany and Britian won’t start an uprising on their own,

          This, I agree with, though I don’t think the term “uprising” is quite right; a violent counterreaction, perhaps.

          But I think that part of it is that, for various reasons, both regions are actually remarkably good at absorption of new influences and influxes; they take from arrivals, and give to arrivals, and it works out over time. Partially, I suspect, this is historical — for so long Germany was the trading-center and battle-ground of Europe, with a linguistic identity but a political fragmentation, while England has been taking bits and pieces from other cultures and incorporating them, and their people, for hundreds of years.

          As a german I, of course, hope we both are wrong and maybe there is
          even a more human way of solving the problem then to reactivate the
          Einsatzgruppen, but I doubt it.

          There is; depending on how you look at it, it’s either Enlightenment or corruption. ;) Absorption, acculturation, and so forth has been the approach that’s worked for a very long time very effectively (and continues to work) in the U.S., has worked for the U.K. when it has been willing to use it, etc., etc., and so forth. It’s a problem when there is no willingness to move, to learn, to grow — rigidity here is fatal — but the shift from the majority is very small compared to what’s gained.

      • http://randolphbeck.com/blog/ Randy Beck

        Great column — except for the fact that you forced me to check out Marilyn Chambers only to find that she has passed on.

        There is still room for optimism re Germany, Europe and the west. It’ll just get harder and ever harder the longer this goes on. It doesn’t help that the Islamists still have friends among the left.

        • Tom Kratman

          Sad, is it not? I mean Marilyn, of course.

        • http://randolphbeck.com/blog/ Randy Beck

          Yes. Sigh.

      • Mark

        “Why, the possibilities are endless.” (My laugh-out-loud moment.)

      • James

        Heh this reminds me of something I heard on NPR today. Apparently when the refugee’s and the hungarian police had a bruhaha the refugee’s started burning tires and throwing rocks and such at the cops while they threw tear gas canisters.

        One of the people there said it looked like what they came there to get away from..

        Ya don’t say. A huge chunk of people of a culture that is fundamentally broken bring the same problems with them! I am shocked.

        But hey you missed the part where those men bring in brides from more muslim countries and where their kids bring in others from more countries.

        • Tom Kratman

          No, it’s stated in one way and implied in another.

      • Duffy L. Sauers

        Bad moon rising indeed. For shits and giggles and pure entertainment value, one news sight I check out religiously is Der Spiegel International, and I comment there. And generally, although moderated, my comments make the cut and get posted. It was a hell of a week reminding Der Spiegel as recently as a year ago they wrote quite a few articles criticizing the American response to our immigration problem. Then Germany closed the borders and stopped the trains from Austria. I have not verified my reminder to them of their opinion o a country that all told takes more refugees and immigrants than the whole EU combined. Then of course there was the article complaining about how the whole refugee problem is, of course, the fault of America because we failed to go in and remove Assad before ISIS (Yes ISIS, not ISIL, dumbest shit I ever heard) became a problem. I have to check if my response to that was posted as well.
        But in the end, I still have this picture of 0 to Jackboots in under 60 seconds in my mind.

      • Jack Withrow

        Ralph Peters, as you have mentioned in the past, thinks Europe will go all out death camp on them. Now if he qualified that to just Eastern Europe I could agree. I just don’t think Western Europe has the guts to solve any of their problems anymore. They will wait till the problems are unsolvable and then scream to the US for help.

        Eastern Europe has a very vivid reminder of what they are facing from being under the thumb of the USSR. Hungary in particular knows its history, as well as the Balkan States from their time under the Ottoman Thumb and the USSR. I can readily see Eastern Europe fighting this. I just can’t see Western Europe doing a thing.

        Assuming Germany proves me wrong, and actually decides to do something about the Islamic Barbarian Invasion they are facing; what sets them off? I don’t see the RIF’s going any major terrorist attack on them, as they are doing extremely well in advancing their goals with Merkel in charge. At what point does Germany stand on their hind legs and say no more?

        • Tom Kratman

          Probably no one thing, but a growing right-left split growing more hate filled and violent, aided by the problem the incoming crew, and the 4-5 million existing moslems present.

        • Jack Withrow

          How long do you think it will take if it happens?

        • Tom Kratman

          My crystal ball isn’t quite that fine tuned.

      • Harry_the_Horrible

        I think it more of a Barbarian Migration than a “Volkswanderung.” It needs to be stopped, using mass quantities of lethal force, if necessary.
        “Camp of the Saints” has gone from a warning to a battle plan.

      • Bill Cook

        Somehow, I don’t think any of these “New Germans” will have Marlene Dietrich on their playlists.

      • Jtroy

        Damn what tea leaves are you reading? Looks like you predicted Paris attacks perfectly.

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