Really, by unleashing the courts on Jan Boehmermann, Angela Merkel persecutes the entire Western legacy of freedom.
Thankfully, there has been a lot of loud outrage in Europe at news that Angela Merkel persecutes Germans for offending foreign rulers. Bloomberg.com reports,
Chancellor Angela Merkel, already weakened by Europe’s refugee crisis, came under fire over the weekend for granting a Turkish request to prosecute a German satirist who derided President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Merkel took criticism from Germany’s Turkish community, opposition leaders, a journalist group and her junior coalition partner after deciding to leave the legal fate of comedian Jan Boehmermann in the hands of the country’s courts. Two-thirds of Germans surveyed said her decision was wrong, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.
“The German government is passing the buck for protecting free speech to the courts, instead of upholding its own human rights obligations,” Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “The government is contributing to the violation of free speech that a potential prosecution would constitute.”
I’m not approving Jan Boehmermann’s joke, which I am sure was crude and tasteless. But as you can see from the above video, that doesn’t matter to Turkey’s “president” (translation: dictator). Erdogan prosecutes all sorts of criticism.
It is worthy to notice that Angela Merkel is quite willing to side with a foreigner against a fellow German. If Boehmermann had committed a real crime against a Turk, it would be commendable for the courts to side with the victim and regard justice as more important than kinship. But all he did was speak words.
The fact is Merkel is acting in defense of her “tribe,” national rulers. She sees herself as part of an international elite who must protect their privileges against the peasants of any nationality.
And she needs Erdogan’s help to “solve” the refugee crisis, even at the price of giving all Turks access to all of Europe.
How do you think that will work out?