German Court Endorses Antisemitic Attack

There are still some things which really make my jaw hit the floor.  This is one of them:

A regional court in Germany has decided that a brutal attempt to set fire to a local synagogue in 2014 was an act meant to express criticism against Israel’s conduct in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s Bergische Synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Firstly, note the fact that the judge has endorsed the belief that there is a direct link between a Jewish building of worship in Germany and the state of Israel, i.e. to attack one is to protest the other. Secondly, the judge has endorsed arson as a legitimate form of protest. Add those two together and the judge has effective legalised violent attacks on Jews on the grounds that it is merely a form of political protest.  This in Germany, of all places.

It’s been my opinion for a while that Germany is fast disappearing up its own arse.  After WWII they fell over themselves at every opportunity to show they were no longer warmongering racists and over time this led them to believe they are the epitome of peace and tolerance.  Two or three generations on and they are so self-absorbed with their own sense of superiority that they have lost the ability to condemn and punish certain acts of violence that happen on their soil.  If they were to do so it might shake the foundations of what for the Germans is now religious dogma: when it comes to tolerance and forgiveness, nobody is purer than we.  For the German establishment and middle classes, it is better to excuse away certain things than to risk losing that mantle.

We saw it with Merkel’s decision to accept a million “refugees” into Germany without bothering to consult those who would be affected.  We saw it with the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015/16.  This happened in Austria, but the mentality is much the same. Now we’ve got German judges refusing to condemn the attempted murder of Jews.

The problem, as this latest incident shows, is one that plagues self-righteous establishments in general, especially organisations like the BBC.  By refusing to condemn X they effectively endorse Y, and often by default they are inflicting on Y a judgement they cannot bring themselves bear on X.  Over time it becomes increasingly clear that they are working in the interests of X and against those of Y whether they realise it or not: to an outsider it is obvious.  Germans would probably be aghast if one were to tell them that at least one of their regional courts appears to be deeply prejudiced against Jews, because they would be so blinded by their self-righteous tolerance of Islamic violence that they’d not be able to see it.  But to anyone reading that report and noting German government policies over the past couple of years, it is becoming increasingly clear that Jews might want to consider putting in place a Plan B, probably one involving Israel.

I don’t think Jew-hatred runs through Germany like it did in the late 1930s, I’m not saying that.  I’m saying that they have fallen into the same trap as American academia and assorted social justice movements worldwide: by convincing themselves they are the epitome of tolerance and understanding they have actually become extremely intolerant towards anyone who doesn’t rank highly on their list of favoured clients.  There might be a difference between the German government sending brownshirts to smash up Jewish stores and a regional court giving the all-clear for Muslims to torch synagogues, but it is one that Jews might not appreciate too highly – especially if they happen to be sitting inside the synagogue at the time.  As we learn from the article:

The original synagogue in Wuppertal was burned by Nazis during the Kristallnacht pogroms in 1938.

Oh.

There are elections coming up in Germany this year, and how German vote will determine whether they intend to continue taking their country in this direction or not.  I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and she was fairly surprised that I thought we might see a civil war, or something akin to the Northern Ireland troubles, in a European country before too long.  Incidents like the one in Wuppertal do little to assure me that I might be wrong.

Ze problem with ze Germans

Streetwise Professor has a post up about the difficulties facing Deutsche Bank and the arbitrary nature of the $14bn fine the US has foisted upon it.  It is worth reading in full, as are the comments, but I want to expand on this paragraph left by SWP himself below the line:

German hypocrisy on these issues is pretty amazing. It’s not just an incestuous relationship among companies, but between companies, unions, and the government. A very corporatist model.

There is a general view of the world, which is probably held by a majority of people, which goes something like this.

The Western world is in decline because they don’t make stuff any more.  China will soon take over the world because they are making stuff and building things.  Europe is screwed because they aren’t making things and their economies are in freefall.  The only thing keeping Europe going is Germany, because they make things.  They make good cars and machinery that works, and so they have money and are rich, and they support everyone else.  Britain could have been like that but switched their economy to financial services which is just making money out of nothing for a handful of people and not producing anything of real value.

There are some grains of truth in this, but it is largely wrong.  Reinsurance, legal, and project financing services delivered out of London are equally valuable and viable as a cornerstone of an economy as a fleet of BMWs delivered out of Munich.  But that doesn’t really matter, Europeans are about to find out post-Brexit how “unsustainable” Britain’s financial sector is (hint: those banks won’t move to Paris).

What makes the view dangerous is that Germany is viewed as the model to aspire to in terms of how to run an economy and get a population doing something productive.  When in doubt, look at how it’s done in Germany.  Germany has become the father figure of Europe (Fatherland?): provided he is alive and bringing home the bacon, everyone else will be taken care of.  But putting Germany on this pedestal has meant too many people are turning a blind eye to what is actually going on.  European politicians, state bodies, and regulators believe that what is good for German companies and banks is good for Germany, and what is good for Germany is good for Europe as a whole.  I am certain that this is what led to the VW emissions cheating being tolerated for so long (please don’t tell me nobody knew it was going on), and the interests of German companies always seem to be at the forefront of their relations with Russia (Gerhard Schroeder’s appointment to the board of Gazprom’s Nord Stream days after he signed off on it as Chancellor being the most egregious example).  In other words, provided Germany is seen as a father figure in the provider role, everyone will pretend not to notice that Dad is stopping by the casino on his way home from work, taking in a hooker or two at the weekends, and his credit cards are maxed out.

People have been turning a blind eye to Germany’s structural and ethical issues for a long time in the hope that the engine will keep running.  The $14bn fine levied on DB by the US might seem unfair and destabilising, but if it exposes what has been swept under the carpet and bring in transparency and better corporate governance without which Europe’s leading economy might collapse taking the continent with it, it will be a bargain.