Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Speech of Michael Mannheimer
Hat tip Gates of Vienna
The above video is of a speech given on January 5 in Wuerzburg by WUGIDA (Wuerzberg branch of PEGIDA) leader Michael Mannheimer. Of course, it is in German, but is sub-titled in English. In the speech, Mannheimer laments the wave of Islamic immigration that is taking over Germany and points the finger of blames at the politicians and media who are lying to the German people.
As you watch the speech, note the speaking style of Mannheimer (who is an accomplished speaker). Note the waving of the German flags, something hardly seen in Germany since 1945. Note the responses of the crowd. It would be all too easy to see in this video the danger of a return to the Nazi era.
Except that would be a mistake.
Mannheimer is not calling for violence although there is no mistaking that Muslim foreigners and Turks are being singled out. He is calling for his listeners to go to the polls and vote the politicians out of office. What they are reacting to is not the color of the the immigrants' skin. They are reacting to the lack of assimilation, violence, crime, rapes, riots, and terrorism that this form of immigration has brought. They see a growing Islamization of their country, and they are afraid.
After Paris, this can only grow and spread across Europe. It is time for the politicians to listen to their people. If they don't, the people will become radicalized and violence will result. Nobody wants to see that. Europe is becoming a powder keg, and it is up to its political leaders to head that off. They can't do it by stamping down the people or stripping them of their right to speak out.