Articles, Letters January 12, 2016

Letters: Germans are too ‘timid’ to state the obvious

by Kai L. Chan

Re: This Is Rape Culture, Robyn Urback, Jan. 8.

A popular expression defines insanity as “doing something over and over again and expecting different results.” So it has been with the migrant crisis in Europe.

I lived adjacent to the Cologne train station when I was a summer intern at a Cologne-based bank in 2004, and I have gone back on several occasions to visit their Christmas market. In near-year living in Germany (over three different stints) I have even picked up the language.

Because Germans are so burdened by their collective guilt over the Second World War, many are timid about stating the obvious: a disproportionate number of crimes in that country (and Europe) are committed by immigrants who fit the profile of the recent migrants. With a weak track record on integrating (some) immigrant groups, it is surely foolish to assume that accepting more of the same will yield any different results.

Kai L. Chan, Dubai.

Letter as it appeared in the NP

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