Merkel Makes Palestinian Girl Facing Deportation Cry. There Is More Than Meets The Eye.





poor girl with a refugee heritage had approached Chancelor Angela Merkel with a plea. Speaking excellent German she said: “I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them … it’s very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can’t myself.”
Merkel’s response was a fair one, and was not unexpected from any coldly calculative politician: “Politics is sometimes hard,” Merkel said. “You’re right in front of me now and you’re an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come … we just can’t manage it.”  The girl cried; politicians are rarely in a position to help anyone other than themselves after all.
British daily the Independent reported: “Viewers slammed Ms Merkel’s administration as a ‘Regierung ohne Empathie’, meaning ‘government without empathy’ and claimed the Chancellor had ‘failed as a human on all fronts’.” This view is common. But I will play Devil’s advocate here, Because I feel that the media, and the British media in particular, are being slightly slightly unfair on Merkel.


“Just in this past week, we’ve had more than 5,000 people newly arrived, most of them from the Balkans and most of whom have just been dumped at the side of the road by people smugglers. We have to find suitable accommodation for all of them,” Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann,told the Guardian. Germany has some 450000 refugees working there as it stands, which isn’t much when compared to countries like Turkey’s 1.5 million refugees, but is much more than the UK, which only hosts some 126000. While Merkel’s comment might be “interpreted” by certain British publications as cold, and though I have no love for her as a politician (or any politician for that matter), her country has done far more for refugees than many developed nations. Now that that issue is out of the way, I think all this “being nice to refugees” is just the developed nations’ way of pretending to give a damn about the suffering of others:
Accepting refugees immigrants is only a band-aid solution on two much larger problems: the lack of willpower on the part of developed nations to actively invest in particularly poor communities overseas… and… war.
War is something that most developed nations are overly-happy to spend on, this very thing that produces so many refugees to begin with. The war in Afghanistan that has created a state that is completely reliant on OPIUM POPPY as a source of revenue. There was the war in Iraq, which killed a million people and created countless millions of refugees. There was the Libyan conflict that turned one of Africa’s richest nations into a hell-hole… And America and Saudi Arabia were also involved in Syria recently… I do believe that Britain was more than happy to help America with two of those conflicts. I am unsure of how much Germany had contributed to THAT farce, but if the people who caused these problems were to own up to them, then the US and Britain would be filled with refugees.

Why is it that certain developed countries are so much more willing to spend on war, create millions of refugees, accept a few hundred thousand, and pretend that they are being generous simply because their politicians are better at making speeches about how sad it is for these poor people that they had just murdered? Don’t get me wrong, I feel for the crying girl… But what of the millions more that developed nations have helped create, where is their salvation? As Merkel had correctly stated, we only feel sorry for her because we see her. Yet many of us had earlier agreed to let our politicians bomb Libya….Iraq…. and now Syria (where we bomb extremists of our own creation). Merkel is not the monster. We are.
If we really care about little girls like her, we must stop supporting these conflicts. We must stop funding the military industrial complex. We must stop focusing on the one girl we can see, and start seeing the thousands we can’t.

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