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Thursday, September 17, 2015

An email from Germany:


Hey Linh,

"our refugee future" - well put! In the end they want all of us to be refugees - and I guess, too, it will work.

Tensions are still rising in Germany - while hundreds of thousands flee to us, Germans are beginning to understand, that it will cause massive problems in the future. Turks in general never really integrated here - arabs will do the same. And of course they bring their own conflicts with them.

Germany still is a rich country- but that doesn't mean, that all Germans are rich.

On the contrary the number of poor Germans has been rising for the last 20 years - and the number of homeless people has doubled in the last five years (still only 400.000 - but way too high in my view).

Now the little German worker with his shitty job or the poor pensioner, who can buy less and less with his money each year, because pensions are frozen and prices are rising, is seeing these thousands and thousands of mostly young men coming in - and they see them getting health care for free, having doctors treat them for free, that they all have these trendy smartphones, that they do not need to buy a ticket for the bus or the train, because they are refugees, while HE, the German, has to pay some extra money for the doctor and has to pay for the bus etc.

It is mostly well meant, what German officials and actors and ordinary people do, to help the refugees - but since nothing is done in the same way for German homeless people and since some Germans have to leave their appartements for Refugees (there were some cases where people in social housing had to leave, because the landlord or the government wanted to put in refugees - in Munich, where my brother lives, they wanted to use a facility for coma patients, but turned it down, when the parents of these patients complained) - in short, it is a social desaster rising.

There are no jobs for these people. Most of them are not qualified for the labor market here. There are no houses for them. In fact, the German housing market for people with little money is down - so the poor will compete with the refugees.

At the moment most of them are in former military areas or even tents. When winter comes, the mood will get worse on both sides.

The refugees will be disappointed, because some of them will have had a totally wrong picture of Germany - that they will get homes here, work and all.

And Germans will be less and less willing to help these people, because they will see more and more coming, demanding more and more.

It's not a zero-sum-game - in fact, it is the most efficient play of chess.

The population gets more and more divided, seggregated and anxious against each other.

There are no women for these 600.000 or more young men. Most german women will not want to get involved with them - not because they are racist, but because most german women want a partner with a perspective.

Last year there were 328 suspects under asylum seekers, who had committed a rape crime. This number should significantly rise this year - there were already cases of Asylum seekers trying to rape a young girl or of an arab, raping a seven year old child etc.

These things will happen more often. They will add to the change of the mood. Also that Germany is almost the last country, letting in refugees (most European countries don't).

At the moment, anyone saying something against the refugees is considered to be either a bad man or even a Nazi - and because of this, a critical view is seldom expressed in the media.

And this also contributes to the anger of many people, because in their view, the refugees keep coming, THEY have to pay for it (rising taxes will come - it is only a matter of time) - and so it is the perfect storm, which is brewing here.

Unfortunately most Germans are so ill-informed about politics etc. that they will not get the bigger picture- that it is a great chess game we are in - and we are an expendable pawn.

Germany has done its part in US plans - now (meaning the next years) the chaos shall rise so that we will accept anything and everything our masters present to us as a solution, when the real riots come.

Martial law? Yes please! No civil rights anymore? Please!

Alright - we will protect you. Just give us all your money and your freedom. - There! Have it! Please protect us!

It's kinda odd to watch that from the outside, Linh- I just hope, that my parents will peacefully pass away, before the real chaos starts.

We shall see.

Keep up the great work!




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Christian - you sound like you are living in the US. I grabbed some of your words and made them here in the USA:

Nothing is done for American homeless people. Near Washington, DC, where I live, they occasionally lock them up, brutalize them - you can spend years on the street and die before you get any real help.

There are no jobs for these people. Most of them could be qualified for some kind of work in the labor market here - but nobody seems to want that. There are no houses for them. In fact, the US housing market for people with little money doesn't exist, it is too expensive - so the poor will compete with the refugees.


About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.