March 03, 2009

The Convenient Guinea Pitbull

Somebody called Horst Mahler was sentenced to 4 years in prison for denial of the Holocaust lately and was detained immediately because of flight risk.

Who is Horst Mahler? Horst Mahler (72) is the man who co-founded the left-wing-extremist terrorist "Red Army Faction" in 1970. He had been charged before with accusations, for example, of Holocaust denial, for saying the 9/11 attacks were justified, and for giving the Nazi salute when he reported to prison.

Before that, in the Seventies, the leading RAF-member Mahler was convicted for terrorist activities, including several bank robberies, and for helping head terrorist Andreas Baader to escape from prison. He was sentenced to 14 years but was released in 1980 after several public statements condemning terrorism. Early in the new millennium, he became a member of the neo-Nazi NPD for a couple of years and acted as their lawyer. Anything to help a totalitarian cause.

Was justice thus done? It seems so, doesn't it? And isn't German society dealing fair- and justly with their historical burden? Decide for yourselves:

Only months before Mahler's conviction, a man who had almost stabbed a Jew to death (a Rabbi who was clearly identifiable as such) had been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for aggravated battery and harrassment after a charge of attempted manslaughter had been dropped. He left the courtroom as a free man, applauded by a grinning entourage. He will serve the prison sentence only after proceedings finally underwent all instances and have thus become legally binding, if at all, depending on the outcome of his appeal.

The defendant's lawyers had stated that the fact that their client didn't stab the Rabbi a second time meant an "abandonment of an attempt to commit manslaughter" and that he was just an ebullient young man who was just too fond of "brandishing a knife". About the fact that he had delivered the blow together with a message, namely "I’ll kill you, you Scheiß-Jude", the perpetrator remained adamant, largely supported by the justice system and the maintream media, that there had been no antisemitic motive and that he had felt threatened by and physically inferior to the middle-aged, grossly obese rabbi. As the journalist Henryk M. Broder had put it then: "Here we have another case of self-defense, where the provocateur leaps aggressively into the provocatee's knife as an answer to a friendly "salam aleikum"", because, you may have guessed it, the perpetrator was not an ethnic German, but a culture-enriching German with Afghan parents and we can not acknowledge Muslim antisemitism because it would blow the entire beautiful concept of multiculturalism out of the water.

On a deeper level, we do not WANT to acknowledge it either, because then we'd lose the convenient guinea pig for tinkering with "tolerance", a guinea pig which might as conveniently turn at lightning speed into a Jew-killing pitbull because Germans love Jews when they are dead.

And that is why, in Germany, given the proper perpetrator line-up, you'll get largely away with cutting a life Jew open, but not with a denial of the Holocaust.

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