October 3, 2016
It isn’t really debatable that East Germans would be in a much better situation if the USSR hadn’t collapsed. In fact, the whole world would be in a much better situation if it had been the Western bloc that had collapsed.
So what are East Germans supposed to be celebrating on “Unity Day”?
The death of national identity?
The extermination of their race?
— Straßengezwitscher (@streetcoverage) October 3, 2016
Several hundred protesters have gathered in the German city of Dresden to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck as they celebrate Unity Day in the city.
Footage posted on social media showed the protesters braving rainy weather outside the Church of Our Lady, blowing whistles and shouting “Traitors!” and “Get out!” as well as “Merkel has to go!”
One sign referred to Merkel’s “dictatorship.”
— Thomas Occupy (@ThomasOccupy) October 3, 2016
Many of the protesters are from the far-right Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, better known as the PEGIDA Alliance, Germany’s N-TV reported.
Dresden is PEGIDA’s birthplace.
A total of 11 demonstrations are planned throughout the city on Monday.
The discontent aimed at Merkel comes as little surprise, with the chancellor’s approval ratings hovering at a five-year low.
A major point of contention among many Germans is Merkel’s open-door policy for refugees fleeing war and persecution. More than 1 million asylum seekers reached the country last year, as part of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
The area surrounding Dresden has seen far-right violence against migrants and refugees since the influx began, with riots and arson attacks taking place in other towns in the state of Saxony – of which Dresden is the capital.
Security has been tightened for the three days of events marking 26 years since German reunification, specifically after unknown perpetrators set fire to three police cars in Dresden on Saturday night.
For Americans and Westerners generally, the fact that the USSR was better than the current system is a pretty bitter red pill to swallow. But it’s just a fact. The Stalinist system defended at least some very important European values, whereas the system of Human Rights Democracy is intent on abolishing them all, in the most aggressive and hateful way imaginable.
The collapse came basically only a few years before the Soviet system could have become sustainable through modern technology.
Note that I’m not saying communism was good or an ideal system. Clearly it was not. I’m merely pointing out that it was objectively the lesser of two evils.
When communism fell, all of the changes in the East were negative. Granted, some places, such as Poland and the Baltics, haven’t felt it yet. But if things don’t change, they will. Do the Polish people truly believe they will be able to maintain Catholicism and their anti-abortion system when they are fully absorbed into the Merkel dystopia? Do Hungarians truly believe they will be able to keep out these hordes of Blacks and Moslems when they have lost the last vestiges of their sovereignty?
East Germany was ground zero for integration. And anyone who’s lived through it knows the damage that was done by it.
So what is there to celebrate on Unity Day?
It seems to me that Unity Day should be a national day of mourning.
And what joy did they feel on that fateful day?