Wir Schaffen Das: The Resolve of Angela Merkel
In September 2015, a Syrian three year-old lifelessly washed ashore the Turkish coast after a failed evacuation attempt to reach mainland EU. A photojournalist snapped a record of the moment his body was found, and it lit the international news community on fire. Suddenly, all eyes were on a staggering refugee crisis—the consequence of a brutal civil war Aylan Kurdi was born into.
We're entering the tenth week since this young boy broke the complacency of the Western disposition towards the Syrian civil war—or, at a minimum, the hundreds of thousands fleeing the conflict zone.
Ten weeks. In that time, Russia deployed troops to defend what the Kurdi family fled from. Ben Carson has been accused of lying about West Point. Hillary Clinton admitted to lying about Benghazi (though strangely, the least popular headline of those listed). Two and a half months—not long enough to finish a trimester of pregnancy, but long enough for the news outlets to tire of reporting on the Arab world's bleeding heart.
It would be (and is) too easy for everyone to return to business as usual, simply because the order of events have kept Westerners on the safe side of the crisis and "out of sight, out of mind" is embarrassingly and shamefully true of our humanitarian resolve.
This could not be said of Angela Merkel, the dog-headed German Chancellor who wasted no time calling Europe into action—by word and deed, her example having now caused inner-cabinet clash within her own ranks. But Germany isn't backpedaling her promises made to the scores of refugees who sought her nation by foot, naming her "Mama Merkel" along the way. It is a beautiful contrast against the self-enthralled nationalism others have clung to, shirking social responsibility for fear of planted jihadis.
Some would call such a response "racism."
Yet as most nations close their gates, or resolve to provide refuge for indiscernible amounts, Germany is adopting nearly a million Arab refugees this year alone. As the pressure mounts and the system threatens to buckle, Merkel is undeterred. "Wir schaffen das," she says.
"We will cope."
And we must.