But is it too late? Has the damage been irreversibly done?
Certainly the damage to the German Chancellor's reputation, image, and legacy fits that description:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world. Time magazine and the Financial Times newspaper recently named her Person of the Year, and delegates applauded her for so long at her party’s convention on Monday that she had to stop them.
Yeah....like the Galactic Senate at the end of Star Wars Episode II after Palpatine is voted emergency dictatorial powers.
The speech that followed, however, may have surprised supporters of her policies: “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ ” or a sham, she said, before adding that Germany may be reaching its limits in terms of accepting more refugees. “The challenge is immense,” she said. “We want and we will reduce the number of refugees noticeably.”
Although those remarks may seem uncharacteristic of Merkel, she probably would insist that she was not contradicting herself. In fact, she was only repeating a sentiment she first voiced several years ago when she said multiculturalism in Germany had “utterly failed.” [emphasis added]
Well, somebody sweet-talked her into a complete and disastrous about-face. But to her belated credit, she has swiftly bowed to the reality of the insanity of importing literally millions of hostile Muslims into her country without the means or lebensraum of possibly assimilating them all, even if they were assimilatable.
Still, forget five years ago and listen to her a scant three months back:
It’s a truism in 2015 that multicultural Europe has done a dangerously poor job of assimilating its lower-class Muslim population, which means Merkel and the EU would have little choice in the new crisis but to be strict about not admitting giant new populations of destitute Muslim refugees from Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Iraq.
But no, just the opposite. Germany’s waving them through, vowing to accept 800,000 refugees this year alone and 500,000 annually going forward. The other EU countries are expected to absorb their own “fair share,” whatever that may mean. Some of the migrants are being greeted with applause by locals at the train stations in Germany when they arrive, and Merkel herself has noted very casually in her public comments that she fully expects the newcomers will “change our country in coming years.”
What am I missing? Germany’s going to atone for its horrendous persecution and displacement of minorities, particularly Jews, during World War II by welcoming a huge new population from a part of the world known for horrendously persecuting and displacing minorities, particularly Jews? And they’re going to do this over the objections of their European neighbors, who have little right to control new settlements thanks to the EU’s open-borders policy?
In September she was bragging about committing national suicide; since then, and in Paris a few weeks ago, not to mention her potential near assassination in her own country, she has seen for herself what "change our country in coming years" actually means in practice. And while she can't turn back the clock, as it were, she can stop the bleeding by closing Germany's borders and ceasing to absorb any more Muslims.
There was, in short, nothing else that she, as a once and perhaps future responsible leader, could do.
Good thing for the land of my ancestors that "Mama Merkel" is merely weak-willed, and not a stubborn, radical, extremist ideological zealot like her American counterpart. But her legacy is still toast.