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    Well, on Monday,
    a young boy, just eighteen years old, who had just finished junior
    high school, paid back the humiliations he had to suffer at school,
    injuring thirty-seven people, among them a pregnant teacher, finally
    killing himself. As a modern man, he had posted a farewell-letter
    in the internet, explaining that his major motivation was revenge.
    He felt like a loser and wanted to pay back all hatred he had received
    during his short life.

    Internet. This
    vile source of right-wing hate propaganda, kiddie porn and senseless
    violence!

    Firearms! Readily
    available, protected by antiquated laws and the vicious gun lobby
    of the USA —

    Wait a minute.
    I am not talking about an incident in the United States of America.
    This happened in Emsdetten, Germany, where things like this can't
    happen. No way. Our firearms law is one of the strictest in the
    world, and people under the age of eighteen can't get firearms except
    shotguns after having passed their sixteenth birthday and the Hunters'
    Examination (Jägerprüfung), which has the same
    degree of preparation and effort to pass as has a high school diploma.
    If any well-checked person under the age of twenty-one applies for
    a handgun license, this poor wretch has to be evaluated by an experienced
    and licensed psychiatrist, thanks to a shooting spree in an Erfurt
    school four years ago.

    So, this can't
    happen any more. To make this twice as sure, pump-action shotguns
    with pistol grips have been outlawed in order to make violence at
    school virtually im-pos-sib-le.

    Of course,
    the incident was completely analyzed by eggsperts who have never
    set a foot on the crime scene, but who are well-known on the TV
    screen. The young man was a loser, of course, one of the new German
    underclass, which has recently been discovered by the Social Democratic
    Party (SPD), which needs a new clientele, since their usual clientele
    has eroded away, feeling sold out by the very politicians who created
    this new underclass.

    The poor wretch
    was a "gun nut," of course, with problems in establishing
    a functioning relationship with the other sex, a lonesome madman,
    mad at the world which rejected him once too often, an internet
    addict whose screen name was "Resistance X," and living
    in a rural area, where jobs are scarce and utterly unavailable for
    less-than-average-skilled youngsters.

    In German public
    schools, there is an atmosphere like in a battle zone. Collective
    harassment not only concerns foreigners, but anyone who happens
    not to be member of a strong social group. Gangs, drugs, aimless
    violence, our public schools offer the full nine yards of humiliation
    and deprivation anyone can imagine. The major motivation to work
    in such a system as a teacher is that this is a public servant's
    duty, which means that you can't get fired for bad performance and
    you can draw a pension no matter if you teach children or just administrate
    ignorance.

    Especially
    the lower-grade public schools, where more often than not a two-thirds
    majority does not speak German, are not suited to help children
    find their way into life. Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese, Serbo-Croatian,
    and various African languages can be heard in German schoolyards,
    but you must be an incurable optimist to expect a German teacher
    to speak an understandable English. Knowledge in Turkish, our largest
    minority, is not considered necessary for a teacher, at least not
    by our government. Especially in larger towns, Turkish children
    make up to eighty per cent of the pupils, and many of them do not
    hear their first German word until they enter school. More and more
    pupils leave school without being able to read or write. But who
    cares as long as the teachers get their pensions.

    Four-plus million
    people out of eighty-two million gross population are officially
    registered as unemployed in Germany, some six million families are
    fed by social welfare, and a good school report has long ago ceased
    to be a guarantee for a job and a life on your own feet.

    Is it really
    a miracle that more and more children and young adults just drop
    out and either seek their fortune in drug trafficking or just resign
    and surrender their lives to the welfare state?

    This young
    guy would do neither. Two years ago, he announced his suicide in
    the internet, on a counselling site. He explicitly laid down his
    plan to walk on the schoolyard during the first pause and shoot
    all those whom he hated, especially teachers. His predecessor, who
    had shot sixteen people in Erfurt four years ago, had done the same,
    so these professional counsellors should have been alerted when
    this boy asked for help. Of course, nothing happened. These counsellors
    are either unpaid volunteers who offer their service in order to
    have a cozy feeling around their own heart or, even worse, public
    servants who just sit away their hours in order to receive a pension
    when their time is done. So why should they listen to a call for
    help?

    To hold smart
    speeches on TV, without having a clue what really had happened is
    much more suited to advance your career than to do your job when
    nobody is watching.

    Of course,
    the case is clear — a lonesome gun nut internet junkie and computer
    game ("Counter Strike") addict had blown a gasket and
    all we need is much stricter legislation and more psychological
    surveillance of notorious pupils.

    Of course,
    home schooling is illegal in Germany and everyone who tries to spare
    his children the humiliations of public schooling must go to jail.

    It does not
    matter that our schools fail to educate children. It does not matter
    that the many regulations our state imposes on us, do not serve
    any productive purpose at all and have not done so for at least
    forty years. It does not matter that our strict and tricky firearms
    laws never ever had any effect on violent crime. It does not matter
    that social welfare is no solution to a suffocated society where
    life is almost one hundred per cent regulated. It does not matter
    that drug prohibition does not save lives but destroys them in large
    scale. The pensions of our public servants are safe. Our politicians
    have everything under control. Our leaders tell us what to think
    even if they have no idea what they are talking about. And, what
    is best — they help us to evade the necessity to ask questions.

    Ignorance
    is Strength.
    War is Peace.
    Freedom is Slavery.

    George, we're
    coming…

    November
    24, 2006

    Ulrich
    Biele
    [send him mail] is
    a consultant in Munich, Germany.

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