It hurts me to see what is happening to Germany – a country so welcoming and warm that it couldn’t have imagined the horrors that were going to unfold as a result of series of bad political decisions. Germany’s week of terror started on Monday, July 18 with axe train attack in Wurzburg, which was then followed by the shooting spree in Münich on July 22, and ends with yesterday’s machete attack in Reutlingen and the suicide bomb attack in Ansbach.
This devastating tragedy, however, is the outcome of the poor refugee policy of the European Union and Germany in particular over the past few years. Why did German politicians turn out to be so ignorant and why do they continue with their “Welcome Refugees” policy? And why do Germans continue to say nothing? After all, aren’t German citizens entitles to object to this open doors policy that threatens their security, their demographics, and their culture? Why are they so paralysed to afraid to speak their minds freely?
All these issues have deep historical roots dating back to the aftermath of the Second World War. Ever since Hitler was defeated and national socialism was condemned, the German people have been carrying the stigma of intolerance and brutality. Every mentioning of nationalism, every complimentary note on the achievements of the German people has been viewed with suspicion. And now, more than 70 years after Hitler’s defeat, Germany is finally rehabilitated as a free and tolerant country, where multiculturalism is seen as one of the foundation stones of society. However, it is because of this stigma and the fear that they are again going to be condemned as racist that Germans think they are not even allowed to “dislike” the refugee policy.
Dare to object, dare to think freely and don’t be afraid of labels. Wanting to preserve your culture and way of life and not wanting to feel constantly threatened by external and violent forces does not make you a nazi.