Nancy "you have to vote for it to find out what's in it" Pelosi
Germany's Merkel: Multiculturalism Is Kaput
Chancellor Angela Merkel tells a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union that immigrants are welcome in Germany but need to learn the language.
We are deluged with slogans such as compassion doesn't stop at the border. We're told that our society will suffer if we don't let in those willing to do the jobs we are not willing to do. We are told to follow the example of enlightened Europeans who had forsaken national hubris to become, as President Obama once told a throng in Berlin he was, citizens of the world.
"Wait a minute!" Angela Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union party on Saturday. National identity is important, and while those who seek to become integrated members of our society are welcome, Merkel said "the approach (to build) a (multicultural) society and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other ... has failed, utterly failed."
Considering Germany's history, this is a touchy subject. Yet a debate has ignited between the need for foreign workers in a country whose population, like the rest of Europe's, is at or below replacement level and the need to retain a national identity.
"Germany needs more qualified immigration to maintain its economic advantage and deal with the developments," Volker Beck, a lawmaker with the opposition Greens Party said Sunday. The problem there, as here, is that most of Germany's immigrants tend to be low-skilled and tend to derive more in benefits than they contribute to a German society they are reluctant to be absorbed into.
Germany's population now includes around 5 million Muslims, which has raised the issue of their own-brand of "home-grown" terrorism. Germany recently closed the Taiba mosque in Hamburg, a place frequented by some of the 9/11 attackers.
It was searched by police and shut down because German authorities believed it was again being used as a meeting point for Islamist radicals. Mohamed Atta, as well as Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, studied in Hamburg and frequented the mosque.
The debate about immigration and assimilation rages throughout Europe, which recently witnessed the trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders for "hate speech" for openly questioning his country's open immigration policies. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants have been allowed into the Netherlands with no intention of ever becoming Dutch.
Mini Yemen and Afghanistan's sprouting throughout Europe. Watered, fed, and kept alive by liberals.