Polls show that Angela Merkel is likely to win another term as German chancellor when the elections play out at the end of September, but her comments to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper this weekend ought to disqualify her from even running. Politicians are infamous for refusing to own up to their own mistakes, but we’ve hardly ever seen anyone as blind to reality as Merkel. If the German people want to have any chance of preserving their country for generations to come, they need to think long and hard about whether this woman deserves another term in office.
According to Merkel, even if her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country has created the beginnings of a serious crisis in Germany, she would do it “the same way again” if she were to go back in time.
“I’d make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again,” Merkel said. “It was an extraordinary situation, and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint. Those kinds of extraordinary situations happen every once in a while in a country’s history. The head of government has to act, and I did.”
Not only is Merkel standing behind her own decisions, she is still adamant about pressuring others in the European Union to follow her example.
“That some countries refuse to accept any refugees contradicts the spirit of Europe,” she said. “We’ll overcome that. It will take time and patience, but we will succeed.”
No one’s denying that the Syrian civil war gave way to a humanitarian crisis that naturally tugged on the heartstrings of anyone who saw the chaos unfold. To some degree, we can even forgive Merkel for making the wrong decision. She was faced with extraordinary circumstances, she made the “humanitarian” call hoping for the best, and things went south in a hurry. It was a blunder, but it was a blunder that was somewhat understandable.
What isn’t understandable is for Merkel to stand here two years later and claim that she did nothing wrong. To claim the opposite, in fact! That shows a political stubbornness that is unprecedented. That, or she is really that confused about where her priorities should be as the leader of Germany. Either way, it’s a sign that she no longer deserves to have any power in the West.