* Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s interior minister, himself a victim of terrorism, is wheelchair bound since 1990. Schaeuble is a beacon of light in the depressing swamp of Germany’s polit-bureau, where effeminate empty suits and rabid femi-Nazi’s talk anything and everything to death, where even the right leans very much to the left and nothing ever gets done. SchÃ¤uble recently proposed the introduction of legislation that would allow the German Federal Government to carry out preventive assassinations of what SchÃ¤uble labels terrorist suspects, as well as outlawing the use of the Internet and cell phones for people suspected of being terrorist sympathizers and called on European newspapers to reprint the Danish cartoons of the Islamic
prophet warlord, mass-murderer, slave-trader and child molester Muhammad.
The statement by Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble that European newspapers should reprint the controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a show of support for press freedom is astounding.
His ministry certainly understands the potential dangers. It has embarked on a damage limitation exercise, claiming his comments have been misinterpreted. They have not. The plain fact is that he said “all European newspapers should print these cartoons, with the explanation ‘We find them abysmal, too, but the exercise of press freedom is no reason to use violence’.”
The argument does not convince, especially coming from the interior minister of a country that consciously restricts press freedom. No German paper is allowed to question the Holocaust.
* So why would an Arab question it?
And, what if freedom of the press stirs up violence? People should not have responded with violence to the cartoons â€” but that they did, and will almost certainly do again if they are reprinted. That is the fact of the matter and Schaeuble knows it.
* Perhaps if the soldiers of Allah go on a rampage there will be a blowback and the Germans call out the army. And they won’t use rubber bullets either, wanna bet?
He should have kept his mouth shut, regardless of what he thinks about press freedom. In saying what he did and because he is the interior minister, his call to reprint is inevitably seen as Germany’s view. It is not for us to demand his resignation but it is impossible to believe that Germans will not do so. He has been grossly irresponsible. He is playing with fire. He has created a crisis for his country where there was none beforehand. He has sown division between Germany’s Muslims and non-Muslims and stirred up the potential for discord and disorder. That is hardly what is expected of a government minister whose remit is law and order.