As Germany grapples with its ongoing illegal migrant situation and the Muslim extremists hiding among the newcomers like rabid wolves concealed among marching sheep, Germany has that other extremist problem to deal with, the one it has dealt with far longer than Islamic terrorism: The threat posed by neo-Nazis and far-right terror groups.
It seems like when the left monumentally screws up, the right will rise. DW published on their web site yesterday an article that highlights the migrant crisis’ role in driving right-wing extremism further underground in Germany, making it harder for German investigators to observe extremist right-wing groups and to arrest members of those groups who have run foul of the law.
The authors go on to say that “anti-asylum agitation creates a sounding board for right-wing extremist ideology fragments. Right-wing extremism gains connectivity,” with the result that violence and crimes motivated by right-wing extremism and directed against asylum-seekers’ accommodation increased more than five-fold in 2015 compared to the previous year. The report also found that after years in decline, the right-wing extremist scene is now attracting members again. The number of right-wing extremist-oriented people is estimated at just under 23,000.
That last part is particularly interesting, the part where it says the neo-Nazi movement had been in decline for years.
Germany can thank Mother Merkel for its resurgence. Her asinine “Welcome all” refugee policy, which has ushered social unrest into Europe, as well as several terror attacks, has also reinvigorated the homegrown far-right extremists in her own country.
As the tides of right-wing extremism rises, so do those of the left: Groups who consider themselves “antifa” (so-called “anti-fascists”) have also made themselves more visible, usually facing off against far-right protesters at demonstrations and sometimes attacking people who do not see eye-to-eye with their delusion of a no-borders, leftist utopia.
The article continues with a quote from Matthias Quent, a researcher into right-wing extremism:
“If the perception is that the state is no longer capable of protecting its borders, or its people, from terrorism, there is an increase in the perceived legitimacy of forming one’s own organizations, of resorting to violence oneself, of arming oneself.”
It is becoming increasingly apparent Chancellor Merkel’s government is not in control of the situation. With polls indicating women do not feel safe in public because of touchy-feely and rapey migrants roaming the streets, like those who assaulted women en masse in Cologne at the turn of the new year during New Years Eve, and terror attacks like the Christmas market attack that rocked Berlin one month ago, people are beginning to wonder if their leaders had any plan at all to make the integration of mainly Muslim migrants into German society as seamless as possible. It is certainly looking as if the German government did not foresee the issues that would arise, or simply did not care and believed they could weather them politically.
Where the void of sound leadership forms, other groups will rise to give it residence.
The German government needs to get its shit together. Although many people believe it may already be too late.