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German Language Test Scares Immigrants

The number of immigrants who are becoming citizens of Germany has dropped by fifteen percent since the introduction of a controversial language test. It is believed many feel they will not pass the test and therefore don’t even apply for citizenship. An inquiry by Parliament reveals the pattern is similar in all sections of Germany– fewer immigrants taking the test and fear that by taking it and failing it will prevent them from ever becoming a citizen. However, Maria Bohmer, the nation’s integration representative, believes the test is not the problem. She thinks Germans must develop a more welcome culture so that immigrants will feel comfortable and not so fearful of government.

There is also another view that many immigrants don’t take the test because they already have jobs and see no reason to assume any risk to their current occupation by failing a government examination. Other experts believe many Turks still dream of returning to their original home and do wish to risk abandoning Turkish citizenship for German. Germany does not allow dual citizenship except in some unusual circumstances.

Kissinger -Either EU Fights Or US Doesn’t!

In an intervew with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, Henry Kissinger blamed Europeans for hiding “behind the unpopularity of Bush” in order to avoid their responsibilities in fighting in Afghanistan and in Iraq. The former secretary of state put forth the famous “falling dominoes” theory which postulates failure in Iraq or Afghanistan will result in similar terrorist success in other parts of the Muslim world. Kissinger was particularly upset at failure of European Union nations to send more troops to Afghanistan. “Either there are no vital interests in the region and we don’t fight. Or there are vital Western interests in the region and we have to fight.”

There are reports the German government is already letting Washington know its parliament may not renew this fall a commitment of sending troops to Afghanistan. Such talk upsets Henry Kissinger who believes military might is the best guarantor of peace. Of course, as secretary of state, Kissinger engaged in talks with Communist China without setting preconditions. He relied on diplomacy rather than force to establish positive relations with China. But, he now apparently believes tough minded negotiations are of less importance than guns.

Henry Kissinger threw out the idea if terrorists win in Afghanistan they will win elsewhere in the Muslim world. Let’s look at the record. Last week, fundamentalist Muslims won about 8% of the vote in Pakistan, they do equally as poor in Indonesia, and Algeria, Morocco and Libya have all cracked down on fundamentalist Islamic groups. Henry Kissinger is not discussing diplomacy, he is giving a sales pitch to support the candidacy of John McCain.