Aug. 28, 2016
Anyone looking for compelling proof that European civilization is hurtling inexorably towards its own self-inflicted demise need only listen to the utterly inane remarks made last week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Speaking at a campaign event in northern Germany, Merkel insisted – apparently with a straight face – that the recent upsurge in Islamic jihadist terrorist attacks that has left many Germans on edge had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the flood of over a million refugees from Syria and the Middle East that have overrun her country over the past year.
“The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism including ISIS [Islamic State],” said Merkel, “is not one which has come to us through refugees.” Rather, she said, it was a challenge “which we already had here before.”
There is only one small problem with Merkel’s statement: it simply isn’t true.