Wednesday, April 11, 2012

German State concern for "A Koran in every home" campaign exposes misguided security concern

Religious and political activity by Muslims as a "security problem." The anti-Muslim bias among European and American police and security forces shows itself in what is viewed as a threat and what is as not a threat. When a Muslim commits horrible criminal acts, this is "terrorism" and "lone wolf jihad," but when a non-Muslim commits similar horrible criminal acts, the explanations lie in insanity or an "anger problem." From Germany we now have the latest example of how the religious and political activities of Muslims are a "security problem." Given that religious and political activity of Muslims are now a part of biased "radicalization models" it is not hard to see why a Salafist Muslim preacher is now a threat to German national security because of his "Koran in every home" campaign." Nope - not some advocacy of "jihad" that Salafists are often accused of (there are different types of Salafists, you know) - nope - but a campaign to pass out 25 million German language Korans.

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Video above shows the free Koran program in Germany - what is so wrong with it?!


What is unbelievable is how the "Christian Democrats" in Germany have "slammed" this campaign, including some "Christian Democrats" in Angela Merkel’s own Christian Democratic Union, and have called this campaign an "act of aggression."  While the German government states that there is nothing illegal about the passing out of religious texts, we still see the notion that religious and political activity by European Muslims is a security issue that comes under the discourse of "terrorism and national security."

We should recall that this is the same German intelligence that failed (or overlooked) the killings of largely Turkish shop keepers by the so-called National Socialist Underground. If the terrorist group had not blundered a bank robbery, would they still be at large? Would the video showing the murder victims have been delivered to Islamic community centers and media outlets, as the terrorist group had intended?

Germany continues to be blind in the right eye. At the same time, the Sehitlik mosque in  Berlin has been subject to four arson attacks over the past three years. Last Saturday, the mosque was subject to a "paint attack" and insulting pictures were left. The Muslim community has repeatedly asked for increased security in the face of Angela Merkel's downplaying of anti-Muslim violence in the country. Well - since members of Merkel's CDU regard the passing out of Korans as "aggression" we can see why the Muslim community is viewed as not worthy of protection. The Muslim community is not only not worthy or protection, but it is a "suspect community" that is also not regarded as a part of the larger German national community.

So, this is why we are here again.  We see the legally protected religious activity of Muslims living in European nations defined as a "security problem." We have whole regions of Germany dominated by radicalized right wing, neo-Nazi and ethnic cleansing - while  German intelligence is concerned with this single preacher passing out Korans?

It is obvious that the German State and German national intelligence simply have not learned painful lessons after the  discovery of the National Socialist Underground terrorist group brought international shame on the German nation.  We still see Muslims and their communities as suspect and what are supposed to be legally protected religious and political activities demonized and criminalized.

It's the discourse, stupid! At the root of this problem of "terrorism discourse" that is dominated by "Islamist jihadists" and the State (German State) as the dominate security definer and actor. The German State and its actors only hear from those "experts" and media outlets that it chooses, and excludes others views (including this Author) and this exclusion is extended its human rights responsibilities and responsibilities as a European liberal democracy to the rule of law in fulfilling the security needs of the Muslim (Turkish) community. The Muslim-Turkish community is also excluded from the discussion of security, as Muslim communities across Europe are view as threat and suspect communities.  Because of this type of discourse on "security and terrorism," the German State, like the French State and Dutch State, is failing to live up to its obligations as European nations and civilized members of the international community.

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