Regarding the failure of the federal government to evacuate people in Afghanistan, I only have to ask myself one question and I know: Why didn’t the federal government get the aid workers and their families out of the country before the troops began to withdraw? Because that would have been the logical thing to do. The armed forces can ensure their own safety in retreat; fleeing civilians cannot. This is the only reasonable order of evacuation flights. The answer to my question is therefore that the government wanted and wants to put local employees in danger and need and would rather let them die in them than bring them to Germany. There was no unforeseen situation that prevented these people from being saved; it was intended from the start that they would be abandoned. The government is acting inhumanely, but according to plan.
In my notes over the past few years, the keyword Afghanistan appears twice, once in 2018, once a few days ago. Each time it is linked to a different keyword: fare dodging. I put the two texts on the blog. Mr. Seehofer was warmly and honestly pleased that 69 alleged criminals had been deported to Afghanistan on his 69th birthday. That is now over, and if Mr. Seehofer continues to need birthday presents, then he will have to stick to the deaths that could have been avoided by foregoing deportations. Around 1,100 people have been deported to Afghanistan in the past few years, some of them only because they have come of age and were then assumed to have insufficient prospects to stay. No one will ever know how many of them have a chance of surviving the next few years; Mr. Seehofer can choose how old he still wants to be. And I would like a word for someone like him, one that characterizes him. I can’t think of any that I could write down and that wouldn’t count as a verbal jury.
I read a petition text and immediately get a stomach ache. Firstly because of the argument that has been used so often and here again that immigrants and their descendants are predominantly hard-working, decent and well-integrated people. Which is absolutely correct, but does not belong here. Rights, and especially human rights, must also be enjoyed by those who are lazy, untidy and poorly integrated. Because a right is no longer a right if it is made dependent on the good conduct of the person who wants to enjoy it.
But that is exactly what politicians would like to forget. And they have to, because only if that is forgotten does it seem like the rule of law to deport a two-time fare dodger from Afghanistan as a criminal into war and misery.
Second, some people from Chemnitz and other lousy people roar fervently, “Drown, drown!” And anyone who has a heart finds that disgusting, and rightly so. But isn’t it precisely the government of Angela Merkel, which is so warmly asked for assistance against racism in the petition, who organizes this drowning in the Mediterranean every day by sealing off the external borders and hindering civilian sea rescue? What are the drowning! Callers asking for other than what the federal government has actually been doing since 2016? The Asylum Package II and the European agreement on asylum from two years ago are blatant injustice, with which all demands of the AfD and other right-wing extremists have long been fulfilled in anticipatory obedience.
Again: death penalty for dodgers. The ruthlessness with which people were deported to Afghanistan up until a few weeks ago, despite the prevailing conditions there and although it was foreseeable that they would worsen in the very near future, makes me realize once again the brutalized generation of us children were educated and shaped in the sixties. The adults’ program of mercilessness, especially the fathers I met as a child, was one of their favorite comments on anyone who had done or said something inappropriate in their eyes was: Turnip off! And so their good, obedient children – those from the Junge Union, so to speak – then acted wherever they could. Til today. The decades-old relentless refusal not to continue to treat fare dodging as a criminal offense speaks volumes. I don’t know how many fare dodgers have been deported to Afghanistan as “criminals”, and there probably won’t be any figures on that either. But I know how to bake “criminals” on whom you can demonstrate severity. The young people among the asylum seekers, above all the young, adventurous, triumphant men among them, are often almost forced to drive without a ticket, certainly always when they are housed in refugee homes in rural surroundings. Because then they get a ticket for local transport, but only for the precarious ones within the district. Every trip to the next larger city becomes expensive, and the temptation to get there as a stowaway is correspondingly great. Young people do not always anticipate the consequences of their actions. But even a sedate person can hardly imagine that fraud in the amount of a few euros would justify a deportation, because no constitutional state would throw reckless youngsters to the Taliban for food because of little pussies. That is why nobody will believe me when I say that people were sent to their death in Afghanistan for unpaid three euros fifty. While I have little doubt about it. I know the fathers and uncles too well, to whom I should have been a failed son and a descendant like Laschet. I know their mercilessness. I know it has an effect. It shapes the laws, their interpretations and their applications. Those who die as a result of or as a result of a German administrative decision deserve nothing else in the eyes of those who decide: Take off your turnip, it’s your own fault! It’s deep inside.