I’m so goddamn weary of the sophistry. Not so much that it exists, like the mucus trail of a slug, but that others are willing to clean the path with their tongue. Western leaders now routinely regurgitate the most ridiculous expedients and inapt metaphors without even the shadow of a sheepish cringe. One might think that a comprehensive betrayal of their people would be adequately gratifying. Though apparently ladling on insult additionally is a treat too tempting to forego. Thus we are barraged with trays of sententious tripe when simple iron-fisted dictates would suffice. These aren’t democracies, you know.
Fortunately though only the bigots can be bothered to notice. And so I expect future executive edicts to simply cite the barometric pressure as rationalization for wholesale dispossession. It reminds me of a prior rationale of my own…
You see the first thing I did upon release from prison was to advertise my home’s availability throughout the city’s favelas. The denizens of which wanted a swank place to alight and I’d lived behind bars for long enough. So I left the door open and a dozen Amerinds moved into my house. There was no choice, really: locking people out is morally indistinguishable from locking them in. Besides, if I barred my doors the mariachi band would just climb in the windows. There is no such thing as stopping the arrivals. I’m certain you, Netanyahu, and the nuclear regulatory commission agree.
I was reflecting on this unassailable logic while reading a recent Meercow interview.
There will be no quick-and-easy solutions in the refugee crisis – “but the situation is here now” and there’s no going back, Chancellor Angela Merkel told television viewers on Wednesday night.
“We can’t shut the borders. If you build a fence, people will find another way. There is no such thing as stopping the arrivals,” Merkel told interviewer Anne Will on her political talk show.
And she added that “no one” could reliably estimate how many people would arrive in Germany in the future seeking asylum.
Merkel is doubling down on her commitment to the refugees arriving in Europe even as her own popularity sinks.
But the Chancellor is demanding that her troops remain in line by making the refugee crisis a question of principle. Her fierce belief in the rightness of her course was on display on Wednesday in exchanges with centre-right MEPs in Brussels in a private meeting before her joint address to the European Parliament with French President Francois Hollande.
“The eastern Europeans – and I’m counting myself as an eastern European – we have experienced that isolation doesn’t help,” she said, sources told Politico.
“It makes me a bit sad that precisely those who can consider themselves lucky that they have lived to see the end of the Cold War now think that one can completely stay out of certain developments of globalization.” [You think you can endure communism only to not be swamped by Africans? That makes Meercow a bit sad.]
Merkel acknowledged that eastern European countries were being asked to catch up very fast on developments in tolerance and diversity [come to Germany for the latest tolerance technology!] that had taken the West decades.
But “when someone says, ‘this is not my Europe, I won’t accept Muslims…’ then I have to say, this is not negotiable,” she insisted.
And she repeated her message that Europe “won’t be able to transform into a fortress,” looking back at the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.
“The refugees won’t be stopped if we just build fences. That I’m deeply convinced of, and I’ve lived behind a fence for long enough,” she said.
I always find it unfortunate that most Westerners live in areas where fencing technology badly lags advances in diversity. Fences work in Israel. They work in the Korean DMZ, around military bases, the White House, horse farms, electrical substations, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Melilla, and many wealthy liberal enclaves. Though not in Germany, alas. And as tyrants since antiquity have averred…this is not negotiable.