"At home we underestimate the damage that PEGIDA's xenophobic and racist slogans and placards have already had," Steinmeier said in an interview with daily newspaper Bild.
"Whether we want it or not, the world is watching Germany with great attention," he said.
So spoke the Foreign Minister... I wonder where he was when the Charlie Hebdo mocking cartoons 'tarnished' Frances image abroad to the extent of 100s of 1000s of people in even Grosni Chechnya were out screaming and raging against france and doing the usual obligatory "Death to.....(fill in the blank)"
This astonishingly contradictory and hypocritical double standard by European Leaders is mind numbing and can only be explained by reference to the man who one wanted to rule the world:
All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it…. Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
This following video, illustrates the problems of a multi racial multi cultural nation where Islam is part of the mix. Germany and the German leaders would be well advised to take this video to heart, and pay very close attention to the way friendly neighbours suddenly, over night became mortal enemies. It all started with a minor disagreement between a Mini bus driver and his claim that a couple of knife wielding Muslim youths tried to extort money from him. The hate was always there, latent...just waiting for the trigger....and it surely came!
When it came, all the pent up jealousies, competition for jobs, resources, contracts that people always feel they are being 'denied' because of them being members of a particular community , it all suddenly surfaces and the chaos, mayhem and massacres unfold. You would need to know something of the history of the area of Ambon, and how the gradual increase in the Muslim population through 'migration' from other areas on the Island to more prosperous 'Christian' areas. Once this reached a critical mass, the envy and drooling for lucrative government contracts grew to dangerous levels, which is when the 'trigger' event is most likely to cause the explosion.
That explosion of ethnic clashes was not selective, the old, the adult and the child were not spared as people went on machette sprees and used any object they could find to destroy the 'other'.... and to each side, the 'other' was the 'non them' side.
If Germany and France cannot learn from this history, they are bound to repeat it as victims or as perpetrators.