It was just a matter of hours after the terrorist attacks in Berlin before the press and right-wing activists started pointing the finger at Angela Merkel and her Government.
The accusation was that the terrorist attack which rocked Berlin were caused by Mrs Merkel’s efforts to house around 900,000 refugees in 2015. Opponents were quick to jump on the bandwagon and suggest that those who died in Berlin did so as a direct result of her policies.
Incredulous, of course. How do stricter border controls stop a brain-washed nutcase from driving a truck into a crowd of innocent people?
It was always possible that such an attack could have been carried out by a German born fanatic. After all, there have been plenty of people born in non-Islamic countries who have converted to the religion and later gone on to commit acts of terrorism. So to blame the attacked so simply on immigration is trite and flawed.
Dark times ahead for German politics
Right-wing parties in Germany immediately seized the opportunity to use the Berlin attacks as a way of confirming their views that migrants should be banned from the country.
The leader of the AfD Party (Alternative für Deutschland) , Frauke Petry, accused the German Government of mistaking humanity for political correctness just hours after the bodies of the 12 dead were being put into refrigerators in the morgue. Petry was on a rampage to insure that she used the opportunity as a way to instill more hatred of migrants and asylum seekers.
The beautiful city of Berlin mustn’t let terrorism turn it to hate
Anyone who has ever visited Berlin knows what a beautiful city it is and there’s much more to Berlin and Berliners than just buildings and people. Berlin is the city of hope and liberalism for the German people. In fact, Berlin might just be the city of hope for the whole of Europe.
Berlin conquered the divide of the Wall. It must now continue to conquer the divide of terrorism.