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Narziss und Schmollmund: “so was von gewalttätig”

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Thilo Sarrazin ist SPD-Mitglied, Ex-Finanzsenator Berlins und derzeit Bundesbanker. Die Bundesbank hat bei Vertragsabschluss einen diskreten Lebenswandel von ihm erwartet – jedenfalls lässt ihre Reaktion auf ein  Interview Sarrazins mit “Lettre International” im vorigen Jahr das vermuten – ein Interview, in dem der Mann erklärte, er müsse niemanden anerkennen, “der vom Staat lebt, diesen Staat ablehnt, für die Ausbildung seiner Kinder nicht vernünftig sorgt und ständig neue kleine Kopftuchmädchen produziert” .

burqas needn't be boring

burqas needn't be boring

Dass Sarrazins Ausführungen seinem jetzigen Posten nicht angemessen sind, mag durchaus sein. Dass er sich persönlich mit der oben zitierten Wortwahl diskreditiert, glaube ich selbst. Provokation kann zielführend sein – aber in diesem Fall drängt sich der Eindruck auf, dass vor einem Jahr ein – soeben erschienenes – Buch schon einmal vorab interessant gemacht werden sollte. Jedenfalls steht es auch Türken, deren Töchter kein Kopftuch tragen, allemal frei, sich gekränkt zu fühlen. Zumal dann, wenn sie Gemüsehändler sind (was ist eigentlich an dem Beruf so ehrenrührig?).

Man wird den Eindruck nicht los, dass Sarrazin sein Publikum nicht überzeugen, sondern im Buchhandel abmelken will – und dass er es gründlich verachtet. Manche von denen, die den Narzissten heute für seine “klaren Worte” lieben, haben ihn vor gar nicht langer Zeit  gehasst, als er ihnen vorrechnete, wie ein Hartz-IV-Empfänger für weniger als vier Euro am Tag in der Küche prima zaubern könne.

Jetzt “verdummen” wir also “auf natürlichem Wege”: durch Einwanderung aus der Türkei und dem Nahen Osten, in irgendeinem Zusammenhang. Vielleicht ist das rassistisch – wenn es bedeuten soll, dass die Einwanderer natürlicherweise dumm seien.
So scheint Sigmar Gabriel, Vorsitzender seiner und Sarrazins SPD und ihr oberster Schmollmund, das auch aufzufassen. Grundsätzlich wolle er sich mit Sarrazins Thesen zur Einwanderung ja “intellektuell” auseinandersetzen, sagt Gabriel. Aber sie seien teilweise “sprachlich so was von gewalttätig”, dass eine Auseinandersetzung schwer in Frage komme.

Das ist Quatsch. Wenn das rechtlich geht und sich in den entsprechenden Gremien oder Verbänden hinreichende Mehrheiten dafür finden, kann die SPD den Genossen Thilo natürlich rauswerfen. Aber sie soll nicht glauben, dass sie damit um eine Auseinandersetzung mit ihm herumkäme. Ein Großteil der Wählerinnen und Wähler erwartet eine solche Auseinandersetzung – nach Abzug jeder Menge sarrazinscher Effekthascherei, Pauschalbeleidigung und persönlicher Eitelkeit bleibt nämlich immer noch genug kritische Substanz übrig, über die gesprochen werden muss, um zu einer brauchbaren Beurteilung der deutschen Einwanderungs- und Integrationspolitik zu kommen – und insofern sind Sarrazins Provokationen, über deren Appetitlichkeit sich streiten lässt – ein Angebot. Das Buch muss sich deswegen keiner kaufen.

Und dann beginnt überhaupt erst die Arbeit. Aus der Beurteilung muss man ja auch praktische Schlüsse ziehen. Welcher Mitarbeiter eines Sozialamts oder einer BAGIS soll bestimmten Zeitgenossen – mit oder auch ohne Migrationshintergrund – die Leistungskürzungen präsentieren, die Sarrazin als Antwort auf Arbeits- oder Bildungsverweigerung vorschweben? Sarrazin hat – vermutlich und hoffentlich – Personenschutz. Der Sozialamtsmitarbeiter oder -leiter leider nicht. Und im Gegensatz zu Sarrazin wohnt er möglicherweise auch noch in der selben Nachbarschaft wie sein gemaßregelter Klient.

Man mag argumentieren, dass es zum Job eines Amtsmitarbeiters gehört, das auszuhalten. Aber in manchen Stadtteilen wird der Job dann allenfalls noch Bewerber finden, die nicht wissen, was sie tun.

Auch solche Probleme sind grundsätzlich – höchst wahrscheinlich – lösbar. Das Dumme ist nur, dass die meisten Debatten, auch Sarrazins, genau da enden, wo es konkret wird.

Zur Not mit einem Parteiausschluss.

Stand der Debatte: 27.08.2010

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Simply Put, “Genocide”

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Wikimedia Commons): wish you were here.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Wikimedia Commons): wish you were here.

I’m wondering if Ankara can see their demand for an Israeli apology – or severance of diplomatic ties – through. Does the Turkish government need something that would confirm and justify their own hubbub, in the face of the Turkish public at home? A face-saving operation from Tel Aviv?

Maybe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s prime minister, and many of his fans, have become too used to their own rhetoric. “The incidents in China are, simply put, a genocide”, His Excellency reportedly said last year. And in the books of many other “critics” – not Erdoğan’s, to avoid misunderstandings -, there is “genocide” in the Gaza territory. If there is any nation that never committed one, it is, for sure, Turkey itself. “After all, a Muslim can never commit genocide.”  Allah be praised!

Just two estimates – from the CIA Factbook:

Category Gaza Turkey
Death Rate 3.36 deaths/1,000 population 6.1 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate 17.71 deaths/1,000 live births 24.84 deaths/1,000 live births

Granted – no information that stems from the Middle East should be taken without a pinch of salt – but if this spells genocide in Gaza, it must be a human right to be on the receiving end.

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July 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Palestinian Leaders: Live with us in ONE State (and be very afraid)

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A government, or an elected authority, must act in the best interest of its people. It wouldn’t be easy to argue that Fatah always had the Palestinians’ best interests in mind in the past – or that the leaders will take their peoples’ interests into account in the future. But the Palestinian Authority might be in the process of finding a very effective position in the stalled peace process with Israel.

When Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office on March 31 this year, the Obama administration called on his government to halt all settlement building. But when confronted with Netanyahu’s blank refusal, Washington changed its stance and suggested that the most important thing was to get the negotiations going again. The BBC’s Jerusalem correspondent’s interpretation was that “on the issue of settlements, the Obama administration blinked first”.

Up to now, it seemed that lodging protests was the only option the Palestinian Authority had, apart from calling yet another Intifada, which would do nothing to make life in the West Bank any easier. Instead, PA president Mahmoud Abbas may simply not run for re-election in January.

To some extent, this may just be a face-saving operation, because it is hard to see how there could be valid elections in the West Bank and in Gaza anyway, if Hamas simply refuses to take part in them. And Abbas’ decision may not yet be final.

But there is a bigger picture behind Abbas’ reluctance to run again. In response to statements made by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday, in which she rejected the Palestinians’ demand for a full cessation of settlement construction as a precondition for the resumption of peace talks with Israel, both Abbas and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat suggested that Fatah could abandon the idea of a two-state solution, and a one-state solution could become an alternative. After all, with as many Israeli settlements as there were in the West Bank now, a Palestinian state wouldn’t be viable.

This could turn out to be the smartest approach Palestinian leaders have taken in six decades. Let’s live together in one state, Mr Netanyahu, and we’ll outnumber and outvote your people before you can spell roadmap.

Then again, Fatah isn’t exactly the African National Congress. The ANC, in principle anyway, respected the human rights of all South Africans, whites included, and people, no matter to which ethnic group in South Africa they belonged, were never as broadly and deliberately targeted and killed, as Jewish people were in sucicide attacks before the building of the “security fence”.

If Fatah manages to make a one-state-solution plausible to a global public, and to paint Israel’s government as some kind of Apartheid regime, things could become very uncomfortable for Mr Netanyahu and his government. But that would require that the Palestinians respect the human rights of Jewish people, just as they demand respect for their own human rights. Every suicide attack would mute the effects of Palestinian propaganda.

And so far, too many Palestinians still argue that injustices are done to them  Muslims, i.e. as members of the global Ummah, rather than stating the violation of Palestinian individuals’ rights: children, women, and men – no matter if they are Muslims, Christians, “Infidels”, or whatever.

The Muslim-solidarity appeals may earn them sympathies – and some support – from Morocco to Indonesia, but not in North or South America, in Europe, or in East Asia.

Anyhow, the Palestinian leadership would have reasons to drop the two-state solution. If  Washington can’t even persuade the Israeli government to freeze the settlements for the duration of peace talks, there is little chance that America can play the role of an honest broker in the actual negotiations. And in the absence of negotiations, the demographic factor might be working for the Palestinians.

That would be a lousy perspective for the individual Palestinians. But so would be “peace negotiations” without effective mediation.

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November 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

The Recession isn’t ONLY Bad

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Prices for freehold flats in Bremen have gone down by 23.6 per cent in 2008. On average, buying such a flat in Germany came at the cost of 120,900 Euros, that’s 3.5 per cent less than in 2007. In Munich, prices went up.

There is a downward trend not only in Bremen, but also in neighbouring (or surrounding) Lower Saxony.

ugly rural residential area, Lower Saxony

ugly rural residential area, Lower Saxony

So far, this is how Verden’s local paper quotes Associated Press today. The Handelsblatt adds that one year earlier, there had been a substantial rise in Bremen’s freehold flat prices, and the decline was a correction of that earlier trend.

Either way, if sustained, this trend should do the Lower Saxonian commuter belt around Bremen,  and the Lower Saxonian hinterland in general, a lot of good. Maybe more people than before may move into the city, rather than buying property in rural “development” areas which spread in this otherwise beautiful countryside like cancer until recently.

Related:
For Sale, but at a Given Price, April 5, 2009
The Countryside – Reasons to Go, Reasons to Stay, June 7, 2008

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September 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm

For Sale, but at a Given Price?

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Cafe Engelhardt for sale

Cafe Engelhardt for sale

So, Verden’s estate agents don’t think that the property prices are stable, in cases of properties for  commercial use anyway (allerdings-online, April 2). We have an ageing population, less and less children (migration doesn’t catch up with that yet), we have a recession, maybe a looming depression with corresponding unemployment rates, but no likelihood that property prices are going down? The estate agents explaining the market situation are actually referring to the financial crisis as a reason as to why people may prefer properties.

In my life, I only saw “for sale” signposts in England 30 years ago. Until now, that is. During the recent eight months, I have seen such signposts popping up here in Verden, too. But then, who knows, maybe they still do sell at prices at previous levels.

mansion for sale

mansion for sale

If I was living and working in Bremen and intended to buy property in the hinterland, Verden wouldn’t be a place for me to look. Not if its estate agents’ expectations are correct. After all, I would have to add my petrol costs to the bill.

Then again, the picture according to allerdings-online isn’t entirely consistent. A Volksbank employee (position not specified) also quoted by the paper sees demand in refurbishing and mondernising houses, rather than in the classical real estate business (which probably means buying and selling properties).

Pretty often, a plan to sell the object later may be a motive for modernising, for selling “at a better price now or later. If so, supply will increase, sooner or later. And a lot will depend on the duration of the economic crisis – the longer it lasts, the more demand will slump.

As far as I can judge that, anyway. After all, I’m no expert.

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April 5, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Europe warmly welcomes Obama

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OK, not exactly everyone. Klaus Emmerich, former chief editor of Austria’s publicly-owned ORF Radio and TV station and former correspondent in the US dislikes the election result. “I don’t want to be led by a Black in the Western world. If you say that this is a racist remark, that’s correct, no question.

And in an interview with Austria’s national daily Der Standard he saw some need to elaborate: he saw a very disturbing development behind Obama’s victory, because the Blacks, “in their political-civilisational development” hadn’t got that far yet. (Der Spiegel)

Fortunately, our neighbours still further South have a prime minister who is much more considerate of minorities. Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was full of praise for America’s president-elect:

He’s young, handsome and tanned.

Silvio, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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November 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Turkish Parents in Germany establish Schools for their Children

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Migrant children don´t catch up from generation to generation in Germany, says Ingrid Gogolin, professor for inter-cultural education science in Hamburg. Cities with a substantial share of ethnic Turks have started schools of their own. And they are open to people of other backgrounds, too. Sometimes, there are also German parents who enroll their children there, as this Spiegel story tells. It seems to be no disadvantage at all.

There are Turkish people who are part of German society – including the middle or upper class. 70,000 Turkish bosses employ 400,000 people in Germany, with a turnover of about 34 bn Euros.

They´ve succeeded. But why are so many others dropping out? This is a question to Germany – its governments, and its voters. Is it – partly or completely – true that to date, only private initiatives can help migrant children to succeed? What would this say about our political decision-making, both on government levels, and inside our polling booths?

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October 3, 2008 at 5:40 pm