Donald Hank
What Adolf did with malice, Merkel does with kindness
They're just as dead...
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By Donald Hank
September 21, 2015

Germany is finding out what cosmic justice is (if you are a Christian, you call it divine justice).

Back in 2011, Germany pledged 100 million euros to support the Arab Spring.

It may have been supported with all the best of intentions, but the Arab Spring started wars that immediately got out of control and brought terror, chaos and mass emigration to the Middle East, which is still ablaze now, 4 years later. The people who warned this would happen were effectively silenced by the German government, which is very proficient at that sort of thing.

Thus, the promised democracy didn't materialize and thousands upon thousands died.

Germany, undaunted, and always wanting to be the hero that saves the day, offered the immigrants refuge in Germany. Just as the Kanzlerin had forgotten that it was her and her allies' support for the Arab Spring that brought them there, Angela Merkel carelessly forgot to tell them there would be a limit to their number.

During the first days of the immigrant wave, she spoke via news sources, scolding and threatening with legal consequences all the countries that refused to open their doors just as she had done, suggesting to the world that they were selfish scrooges while she was a morally superior Joan of Arc.

Then all of a sudden, reality slapped Angela in her angelic face: German capacity was overburdened.

So she found herself obliged to do what some of the other, more realistic, nations had done – the ones she had scolded for doing what she was now doing. She closed Germany's borders.

But so what? Germany is the biggest exporter in Europe and the 2nd biggest in the world after China, thought Merkel. We'll let them in once we get a little richer. And then we'll...

OOOOOPPPS!!! Volkswagen, one of the main drivers of German exports was spotlighted by the EPA as a fraud, having lied about emissions from VW diesels! It will cost the company up to $18 billion dollars!

Today, VW stocks are down 25% and that could be just the beginning.

There's more than one moral here (but a euro says Merkel will not learn it):
    1 – Respect the sovereignty of other countries. Trying to export democracy – especially to a country that already has a democratically elected government and respects its minorities (think Syria) – will have unexpected consequences, such as causing untold harm to the country you wanted to "help" and bringing ruin to your own country.

    2 – Don't let success go to your head. You could go from rags to riches overnight. So don't set yourself up as the savior of the world with infinitely deep pockets.

    3 – If you are helping others, don't throw stones at those who are not doing what you do. They might be the winners in the long run. There are a lot of immigrants who didn't make it to Germany and are seriously PO'd s they contemplate the closed border and there are other countries who bowed to pressure from Merkel to open their borders and let in immigrants. These countries are now stuck with a lot of disgruntled immigrants insisting to go to Germany, where they are no longer wanted.
Merkel has a problem that she wouldn't have if she had had a little foresight and common sense.

The German nation killed a lot of people in the Third Reich by being mean and selfish.

Now they are killing them with kindness in the Fourth.

They're just as dead either way, Angela.

Ms. Kanzlerin, can the world ask you a favor?

No more favors, please.

Thank you!

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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

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