Cain’s mark on the refugees, Part I

The myth of Cain and Abel is, for most people, probably only known in essence, not in it’s entirety from the Book of Genesis. But it can serve as a valuable parable for modern developments and a better understanding of the created crisis of the refugees.

Das Kainsmal und die Flüchtlinge

The biblical story

Cain and Abel were born as farmer and shepherd respectively and thus procured sacrifices to their god according to their profession: fruit and meat. God alas restricted his attention solely to the givings of Abel. His brother, enraged and envious, kills Abel because of that and is punished and cursed by God for this; never again is he to till a field and needs to turn to shepherding because of it. This is not the subject of Cain’s fears though; banished to walk the earth as a pariah, he is eternally foreign to the rest of humanity and has to be afraid to be murdered by everyone else. In a time way before any global order and morals, to kill someone without any family or tribe that could protect and avenge him, he could be robbed and killed without any repercussions by those who had family and tribe. To spare him from this fate, God places a mark upon Cain, which existence served two purposes: To display him as an offender and a castaway, but to visibly put him under God’s protection as well. Every man that would lay hands on Cain would be sure to suffer God’s vengeance sevenfold. Thus, Cain was able to move without fear around the world and around the foreigners that inhabit it, to raise a family and found a city. Cain’s mark as as a guarantor for the survival of man in foreign lands. [1]

God is, in the context of present events, of course no omnipotent and omnipresent entity; modern technology makes many a thing possible, however, the modern state hasn’t progressed this far yet, that it can see and control everything without having to fear certain backlash. It is certainly not untouchable yet. Nevertheless, he is eager in the very same way to use the stigma on some ethnics or minorities as such a mark of Cain: As deterrent, as immunisation. There is a certain irony behind the fact that Angela Merkel’s mantra, „We can do it!“, is in dire need of a portfolio of methods and means, which undermine this highly optimistic idealism and turn it into a sign of cynical hypocrisy. Instead of actually doing something, the machinery is only in motion to enforce the view upon the populace, that the status quo has to be accepted; that it can’t be helped. In a state where politics, the media, judiciary and the executive branch as the four pillars of power are only blaming or negating themselves, nothing will be done, nothing achieved; only accepted what should be intolerable.

Isolated cases

  • On the 31th of July 2016, a policeman in the city of Kiel was attacked by a young man of turkish descent, after said policeman tried to inspect the group because they were harassing him with a laserpointer. The officer got punched in the face multiple times and hit his head on a nearby wall. The perpetrator was already known for several cases of violent disorder. He wasn’t persecuted, despite there being several eye witnesses and video recordings of the attack. The responsible Interior Minister asked for more respect regarding the police. [2]
  • In austrian town of Mödling, several cases of sexual abuse were reported in the end of July. Four young asylum seekers got drunk in a local venue and then proceeded to harass a girl in the bathrooms of the same bar, as well as a passerby after leaving the location. No one intervened. Allegedly, the girl was too afraid of being labeled a racist and thus refrained from filing a report to the police. [3] The mayor of Mödling, who publicly complained about the lasting conditions in his town, was told by the austrian Interior Ministry to restrain himself and to stick with the facts. [4]
  • Rainer Wendt, Federal Chairman of the German Police Union, recently – after releasing his publication „Germany in Danger“ – talked about problems concerning the immigration crisis and the means of dealing with established families of immigrants:

[..] But make no mistake: documentary evidence in front of the court is very difficult. The courts pose huge requirements as proof, what has every individual contributed to the deed, and in the end, it will most likely be scrapped.

We have parallel societies, which shield themselves from one another.The judiciary is powerless in most cases, but often unwilling to take drastic measures. These people challenge the state of law all the time. [..]

Criminals enjoy themselves in Germany. [..] Prosecutions are being scrapped en masse because of economical reasons. [5]

  • A nameless policeman:

We don’t fight crime anymore, we just govern it. One has to wonder why colleagues keep enduring this. But we are sporting about it. [6]

  • In May of 2015, a report was shown in the tv channel NDR about an alleged torture scandal in the federal police. According to the report, a policeman from Hannover took a Moroccan asylum seeker into custody for dodging the fare and then abusing him physically and with rotten pork at the police station. The policeman actually gets convicted; but only because of the picture he took of the asylum seeker and uploading it to a social network and other, unrelated charges. The initial charge of torture, which the report of the NDR used and even got honored with a price because of it’s precise research, was completely dropped and viewed as unfounded. And even the affected Moroccan, which later was revealed to be an illegal, testified that he never got fed anything at the related police station. The report was used unreflected and unedited by many other media networks nevertheless. [7] [8]
  • The Frankfurter Allgemeine reported in May this year about the conditions in juvenile and regular prison. Juvenile refugees of unknown age and descent – but mainly from the african continent – had to be moved from juvenile prison to regular prisons, in some cases even ones that are used for preventive detention and murderers. The refugees rioted, sweared, demandet and hurt security personal as well as themselves. It is unlikely that they can be resocialized or integrated, given the circumstances. [9]
  • Within the aftermath of New Year’s Eve in Cologne and the numerous cases of sexual abuse, rape and theft it entails, accusations came onto light that the Interior Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia gave instruction to the police, to cancel the reports about the events or erase the term of rape within them. The accusations were denied, Interior Minister Ralf Jäger had to justify himself in front of an investigation committee and denied them there as well, as well as even criticizing the police of Cologne for underestimating the situation and not handling it appropriately. The events, he said, couldn’t have been predicted. [10] [11] Conveniently, this falls together with other processes in the Interior Ministry of NRW. Wolfgang Düren, chief of the police branch in the ministry, uttered concerns about practices and rituals within the special forces of Cologne. The matter was subject of an investigation, which was ceased because of a lack of proof for the charges. The reputation of the special forces unit was damaged nevertheless, the affected officers felt discriminated against – and filed a disciplinary complaint. Interior Minister Jäger and his ministry, to this day, neither apologized for the unwarranted accusation, nor did anything to handle the filed complaint or even react to it. [12]
  • In September 2015, several incidents happened in the city of Freiberg, where asylum seekers tried to attack employees of a supermarket with a machete, after they were caught red-handed of stealing items. One of the attackers, who even needed to be deterred via warning shot from the police, was already set out of prison a few days afterwards; and visited the market again, armed with a knife, making threatening gestures. The mayor of the city seems helpless, prosecution proclaims that it’s impossible to take him into custody because of a lack of risk of flight. Thus, the only measure that remains is to move him to another asylum home. The manager of the market reported several similiar cases, lamenting the helplessness of the police – and hired a private security force. [13]
  • In regards to the matter of ignoring the criminal deeds of refugees, spokesperson of the Hessian Interior Ministry, Michael Schaich, said:

The superintendents of the public relations offices were informed, that the topic of refugees could be instrumentalized by right-wing extremists, to specifically agitate against asylum seekers. [14]

  • A police officer from Frankfurt on the Main told the BILD:

Concerning criminal acts of suspects with a foreign nationality that are registered in an asylum center, we put these cases away immediately. [..] There are strict instructions from the administration to avoid reporting criminal acts done by refugees. Only direct requests from medial representatives are to be replied to. [14]

  • Especially in NRW, the crime rates of north-african immigrants are well-known for a long time already and are being concealed all the way. At the end of 2014, a meeting of home affairs committee came to the conclusion that the problem was very real and had to be dealt with. Alas, nothing was done; attempts were even belittled and laughed at, out of fear of stoking xenophobic resentments or playing in the hands of right-wing movements. Or maybe simply because they didn’t have a solution. [15]
  • At the 29th of January 2016, radio station Deutschlandfunk broadcasted the Media Quartet; several journalists from Berlin and Bonn talked about the role of german media, especially in politics. Dr. Wolfgang Herles, former superintendent of the telestation ZDF – which is governed by public law – in Bonn, explained rather bluntly the how close to the government the public-sector broadcasters were. The government predetermined the which topics were covered and which weren’t. A concrete agenda was followed and enforced. [16]

Germany is not alone

Naturally, theses cases aren’t exclusively german. Countries that are battling similiar problems are being confronted with the same hindrances. A french example of this, that was buried my the mass media, is the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, the Bataclan massacre. Only recently it was revealed, that the victims of the attack were recipients of gruesome torture before their death. The details – decapitation, genital mutilation, disembowelment – were revealed and confirmed by eye witnesses and were only made public recently, after an investigation committee in Paris. Until this point, the information regarding this was kept classified by the authorities. And still, there was no wider coverage of these events in Germany; a query for this produces little to no results. [17]

Another sad example is to be found in the north of europe. After Sweden was already cynically labeled as the rape capital of the west, the conditions in the Scandinavian country are worse than ever. Recent efforts to fight sexual abuse with armbands, that displayed a „Dont grope“ imperative, were expectedly in vain. Instead, more cases of sexual abuse and rape came to be, in a series of festival that were being held in the summer. Caught perpetrators were reported to be wearing the armbands themselves. The bitter irony does not stop at this, though. The promoters of the festivites allocated several busses specifically for the purpose of driving asylum seekers festival compound for free, as an effort of integration. The advertisement supported several languages of the Midle East as well. And while everything was being done to deliver a great experiences for unattended refugee youths, the police could provide neither practical nor efficient ways of handling the ensuing problems and politicans wouldn’t make an effort to change anything. [18]

The whole extent of the lack of medial coverage and the helplessness of the police and the unwillingness of politics can only be vaguely imagined; a look at local news and a few international news networks may sharpen the view of the current truth, which became a victim of suppression a long time ago. Examples for such a look are provided respectively by the Gatestone Institute and an anonymous source, that compiled a list of criminal incidents connected to illegal migrants and asylum seekers. [19]

Again, the question has to be asked if this is a matter of only ignorance and incompetence or deliberate, negligent obstruction and cover-up. The suspicion obtrudes anyways, that a part of the political establishment is trying to hinder the executive branch of doing it’s work appropriately and following the laws accordingly. Meanwhile, the judiciary is unwilling or unable to apply it’s criminal law justly and efficiently. And the state media is willingly following the agenda set by the government, to paint a very a one-dimensional picture of the ongoing crisis and past missmanagement.

Helplessness – Spinelessness?

The difficulties of the migrant crisis, uncontrolled immigration and a total lack of integration are being obscured or distracted from, the symptoms in the form of ever-growing criminal rates und a lack of security within the nation are being shrouded instead of fought. This mentality of burying one’s head in the sand is evidentially enabling criminals: Without the deterrent of actual prosecution and conviction – in the form of deportation, if necessary – and the endeavor to elucidate events and conditions by politicians and medial attention, it really is no surprise that the status quo is as frightening as it is. In this context, the aforementioned Ralf Jäger commented on the debate of a burqa-ban as followed:

I, personally, reject the burqa. It is a symbol of a lack of integration. But it is not a sign of lesser security. Someone who would ban the burqa, would have to – if you follow this train of thought – forbig people from dressing up as Santa Claus. This is no contribution to security. It unsettles people additionally.

The inability or lack of will of an Interior Minister to see the correlation between integration and security; absurd and inappropriate comparisons, strawmans, that are being used as justifications; the question on how the ban of a symbol of femalre oppression can upset people – all this and more is the reason and the epitome of the status quo.

These efforts of protecting the immigrants aren’t enough to realize a functioning mark of Cain though. The foreign ones need an aura of vengeance, as deterrent from the natives whose land they’re treading upon. Only then, when the criticism about the means and the criticism about the foreigners are met with the same violence, from which the foreigners are getting spared, only then is the protection complete.

Continued in part 2.

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