When the state abdicates
Reader comment on: Inside Germany's No-Go Zones: Part I - North Rhine-Westphalia
Submitted by Pierre Pendre, Nov 7, 2016 11:27
France has its Compagnie républicaine de sécurité (CRS) founded by de Gaulle after the liberation to act as riot police and they broke plenty of heads in 1968. Nowadays, they have a lighter touch (although the French aren't any less violence-prone) but the French authorities have gone into violent migrant areas in force when necessary in recent years to uphold the authority of the state.
Allowing outlaw factions within the population to dictate to the state is the ultimate abdication of a government's responsibility to its citizens. It cannot be that German police lack the resources for law and order to prevail. Where there is a breakdown, it can only come from a lack of political will which eventually discredits government.
The situation in Germany seems to be self-perpetuating and self-reinforcing to the extent that the longer it lasts, the harder it will be for the authorities to regain control, if indeed they have any intention of ever trying to do so. The no-go area confers immense power on its leaders including that of negotiating with the legitimate representatives of the state as equals which is potentially a disaster for relations between a host population and migrants.
If the authorities refuse to act, the way is open for citizens to organise themselves in self-defence or even pro-active violence which is even more dangerous. We know how the Turks established themselves in Germany but how did the Lebanese gain admittance? If their main activity is crime and defiance of the state, they wouldn't appear to fit any normal definition of refugees. "We can do it", Merkel said. It seems that she can't and isn't even trying.
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