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Germany: Paintball and Political Power Fantasy

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Justrecently draws my attention to a Slovenian blogger’s post about an impending ban on paintball in Germany.  No kidding. The grand coalition in Berlin seems to agree that paintball is “a simulation of killing” (thus spoke Wolfgang Bosbach, deputy leader of the CDU/CSU federal parliamentarian group). A short search and a quick explanation as to why a stupid kid in Winnenden or Erfurt goes on a rampage and kills others. Hooray. They are acting!

Who cares if such a ban helps to prevent even one shooting spree or not, as long as something is being done. Who cares when individual freedoms become more and more noosed in a framework of bans which is there to make our lives more secure. Bans, bans, bans, plus some social handouts to the underclass in order to make them vote as desired. Why does our political “class” wonder about people losing interest in politics? The only reason to be surprised is that people don’t rise and kick them out. Remember what a fuss people and press made here when America passed the Patriot Act? I dare say that compared with Germany, America is still a very liberal society (which is not to say that every American is a liberal).

I don’t quite agree with my good friend Justrecently’s post of March this year, but he has pointed out the first step in this concert of silly “counter-measures” against gun rampages quite early:

“You demand measures, because you know that you won’t like what you will see, if really looking into it with a bit of patience.”

Indeed. The tragedies don’t suggest that Germany isn’t particularly sick – it is only experiencing what other people living under similar circumstances elsewhere are experiencing, too. Fear, hatred and incompetence which sporadically turn into violence. But rather than from too much violence, this country seems to suffer from the ignorance of its political leaders – and more so than other countries in Europe suffer from theirs.

I can understand that people abroad are bemused when hearing news about stuff like the ban on paintball. And I can understand every American who looks back at the fuss Europe (and Germany not least)  made about the reactionary Bush years and who has a good laugh now.

But then, a more focused attitude is rather what legend ascribes to my country, than what Germany is really about. Industriousness may be one of our great features. But politics, in a sense of sincere, sober and goal oriented decisionmaking, has only been our strength in some exceptional situations, such as the post-war years.

As sad as the Winnenden and Erfurt massacres may be – they haven’t put Germany into an exceptional situation. But I’m getting the feeling that our politicians are working hard to bring an exceptional situation about by mismanaging this country, and this society.

Those who are looking into the matter from a professional angle, such as the police, doubt that there is a link between paintball and serious crime. But then, who would say that our politicians are professionals? Their power fantasies are much more dangerous than most of the vice they pretend to combat.


Written by taide

May 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm

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  1. Thanx for the credit and you put it way nicer than me. My jaw dropped when I saw Bosbach on TV explaining this and the journalist didn’t even ask a question like: Why? Are you out of your mind? Anyway, apart from USA, the politics in EU are really hitting some new lows. Nobody will vote on the upcoming EU elections.


    May 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

  2. […] justrecently When you speak in the name of virtue, your silliness shall not discredit your case. Tai De tells the story over there, and I can only wonder what will be next: a ban on children throwing water balloons at each other, […]

  3. […] Taide’s Weblog welcome back to school « Germany: Paintball and Political Power Fantasy […]

  4. Bosbach on TV explaining this and the journalist didn’t even ask a question like: Why?
    Our press is part of a pretty poor political culture, too…


    May 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  5. Hello.. that link doesn’t work anymore. I moved my blog to a new address, you will find that post about paintball here: http://mykafkaesquelife.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-low-for-german-politics.html

    Happy new year! 🙂

    My Kafkaesque Life

    December 31, 2009 at 12:31 am

  6. Welcome back to the blogs, and happy new year!

    Tai De

    December 31, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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