The Master Race? Again? ...
This is not fiction. This is not history. This is now. This is news.
This is the 21st century. And this is the modern fatherland; this is Germany - today - Thursday, 19th May, 2005.
This is the first step on a slippery slope. This is madness. This is evil. This is an outrage -- of international proportion. It must be recognised as such; immediately.
The fact that planes are to be used rather than, perhaps more 'traditional' trains, matters not. At the end of most of these poor people's journey, lies death; via persecution, untold pain & suffering, massive deprivation and worse. Of this sorry scenario, we must all be acutely aware.
This should not be allowed to happen. Not to anyone. Not anywhere. Not ever. This should be stopped.
Even as I write, I still can't quite believe it. "Deutschland uber alles ?" Germany over all ? Again ?
So many voices should be raised and heard, that this can not continue. The first and most vociferous of those voices should come from the millions of decent, civilised German people themselves. History must not be allowed to [ nor even appear to] begin repeating itself.
What you are about to read below, is from a 'leak'.
This piece is written jointly by by Daniel Howden and Eva Kuehnen. It's from this morning's British, national daily paper, The Independent.
First, I suggest you sit. Then, read this -- and weep.
** Germany is accused of racism as 50,000 Roma are deported
Germany is deporting tens of thousands of Roma refugees to Kosovo despite clear threats to their safety and dire warnings from human rights groups that they will face "massive discrimination" on arrival.
The first of hundreds of planeloads of deportees will arrive at the Slatina airport in Kosovo today, blazing a trail for up to 50,000 people who are to be sent back.
Leaked documents obtained by The Independent reveal that the German government took the controversial decision to eject thousands of Roma refugees and other minorities in November of last year, regardless of the risks they may face on returning home.
At a meeting of German state legislators, officials made it clear to central government that the Roma were unwanted and should be deported as soon as possible, starting with those costing the state money in welfare payments.
The confidential paper shows that a majority of state leaders "call on the interior ministry to enforce the quickest possible return of the refugees [to Kosovo]... It would therefore be in the interest of the public authorities, which are in a tense situation - to prioritise the return of those who receive social welfare."
Once back in Kosovo the refugees can expect no aid either from Germany or the United Nations, which administers the province. **
It's not very often that words fail 'This Old Brit' -- but this morning they almost have. Here, take another look. Here's another snip from the same article. See it for yourself. Do adequate words come easily? Profanities, notwithstanding.
** The conditions that await the returnees from Germany are clear from the situation in that divided town, once home to the province's largest Roma community. According to a Yugoslav census carried out in 1991 in Mitrovica, the Mahala ghetto was home to 8,516 Roma.
Today, the area on the south bank of the river is a spectre of the formerly bustling community. All that remains of hundreds of family houses are the concrete joists.The few hundred Roma who remained live in "terrible conditions" in a camp in the Serb enclave on the north side of the river.
Where are the 'world's policemen' now? Could it be that they really are the crooked cops so many of us have long suspected?
Where is the new Pope?
My questions are rhetorical. This scandalous situation is a fact.
Today, it is the Roma.
Surely, " ..... even the stones cry out."
Click on the link below. But, only if you have a strong stomach.