March 21, 2007

The Fox and The Henhouse

Germany knows the institution of the Beamter (female: Beamtin, plural: Beamte). It is pronounced be-AHM-tuhr with a glottal stop between the E and A. The original idea behind the institution was that whoever represents the state by doing official duties should have a special kind of relationship with the it and is rooted in the history of the German states with absolutist tendencies and strong bureaucracies. The status of a Beamter (civil servant is a confusing and far from adequate translation) was endowed with many privileges, among them life-long tenure (not subject to notice) and considerably secure, albeit not abundant, social security. Specifically life-long tenure remains the exclusive privilege of the Beamte. So to say in exchange, the Beamter has a special duty of loyalty towards the state and is, for example, banned from striking.

The institution has remained untouched until today (I refrain here from commenting whether for better or worse) and, not surprising, one of its pillars are the police.

Not surprising, too, that one of the main prerequisites for achieving Beamten-status is German citizenship.

Why am I telling you this? Well, not just to pontificate about German history, but to make my readers aware of a significant change that is currently happening, namely in the state of Northrhine-Westphalia, where non-Germans are accepted now as Beamte.

Why? Because German police is unable to cope with the ever-growing number of, to use politically correct babble, fellow townsmen with a migration background.

So they are hiring.

They are hiring, and, judging from this poster, targeting people without a command of German sufficient to read a job-advert.

The website of the regional TV-station WDR informs us how a young Turkish woman sees her job as a policewoman:
Fatma Yilmaz very often acts as a broker between the cultures: "If a suspect gets abusive or aggressive, I know the background", she says. "I am able to assess how Turks are taking specific things and how they will react to them, and then I explain that to my colleagues."
Well, when a German gets "abusive or aggressive", no German policeman will be asking how he is taking specific things and why he is reacting in the was he does. They will sock it to him or do whatever else is necessary. (As an aside: The young policewoman prefers to remain anonymous. Why? She often has to deal with intimidation or threats. Is it possible that our fellow townsmen with a migration background are not as appreciative as they should of either, the German rule of law generally and the inordinate consideration they are receiving here?)

Scene change: The Brussels Journal reported recently the case of Rinie Mulder, a 54-year old, as Paul Belien is plucky enough to call it, indigenous Dutchman who was shot dead by a police officer when he tried to protect a pregnant woman who was being harassed by some of her fellow townsmen with a migration background. Belien continues:
According to our sources the police officer who killed Mulder is a woman of Moroccan origin.
Northrhine Westphalia is my native state. I don't like it. I don't like it A BIT!


Astuga said...

This sure is a very controversial policy.
And though it has its pros to include minorities in the police-force, as it may settle some problems, others are created - one should not be naive about that.
As also a report from London Metro-Police shows:

Gert said...

Paul Belien is a far right one-man fringe group of Belgian extraction who's made a fool of himself so many times he's the laughing stock of both the right and the left in his country of origin.

Now "our Paul" is busy sucking up to the American ultra-conservative Right. I just wish he's take permanent root there: good riddance!

You've really chosen a voice of authority with that loon...

Your endless feud with "waffles" is exceedingly boring, like most of the stuff on this site.

The_Editrix said...

Astuga: "And though it has its pros to include minorities in the police-force..."

A big pro, certainly, at least theoretically. There ARE many fully assimilated Turks who are doing a great job, wherever they are working, and who are an asset to German society, after all. But the way this is done is plainly dangerous.

Gert: I am genuinely sorry you feel bored here, the more as I am too old to mend my ways to become more entertaining. You are, however, welcome to stay away and seek your entertainment elsewhere.

The_Editrix said...

I just discovered this in the inbox of an disabled email-account. It's from last Saturday.


A couple of days ago, I posted a comment on your blog, which has since not yet been publicised:


Seriously, you should be more careful with respect to whom you quote: here's an insider's insight into Paul Belien (well, Beliën, to be entirely correct): scroll down a little.

The main difference between Belien on the one hand, and opportunists like Steyn, Pipes, Hirsi Ali et al on the other hand, is that the latter have arrived and are selling lots of books, TV appearances and videos to an unsuspecting and gullible US public, but Belien hasn't gotten out of the starting blocks yet: too dumb, too poor command of English and actually too much looking like a troll (not very telegenic) being the main reasons.

Belien assorts with Flemish milieus that have connections with former Flemish Nazi collaborators and current Neonazis. Check it out...

Here's another one of your heroes, with a story that is completely unsubstantiated and never gained any traction in the UK (if there were even the slightest kernel of truth to it, it would have been one of the biggest stories in Europe): Pajama Pampams on kebabs and tiling grout. It's disgusting that someone should spread such despicable rumours about any population group and then present it as fact.


Any particular reason not to publish this or did it pass beneath the radar?



It did indeed and I am lost about it's whereabouts. I hope this was the place you intended it to appear.

However, I recommend my rules for commenting here for your information, specifically regarding one of your previous statements made in an email "...(I) have no intention of spending much time on your blogging activity at all."

Maybe you remember, too, that my answer then was that this decision was "very wise".

I am still of the same opinion.