It’s not a secret that the decisions of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cronies in the European Commission have thoroughly beefed up the European identity. But, the lengths to which the German court has gone to shelter an avowed Islamist – and a man that may have been a former bodyguard to Osama bin Laden himself – defies any possible explanation.
The man, Sami Aidoudi, had been deported to his home nation, Tunisia after it was determined that he was not genuinely seeking asylum, as he had claimed. In fact, it was determined as far back as 2007 that he was not a refugee, due in large part to credible speculation that he underwent military training alongside Al-Qaeda recruits between 1999 and 2000. The training he participated in is thought to have been specifically for guards of Osama bin Laden.
The speculative al-Qaeda connections – credible as they appear to be – would presumably be enough to establish that, at the very least, the man is not a character that native Germans would be comfortable with roaming around the nation. While it must be stated that he has denied the allegations, he has not denied spending the time in questions as a “student” in the terrorist hotbed of Karachi, Pakistan.
But on Friday, a court in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia ruled that Sami A. was deported unlawfully and must be returned to Germany. The entire scenario poses a question: what, exactly, does it take to be deported from Germany?
Surely, the standards are different considering the leeway with which immigrants of North African and Middle Eastern descent have been permitted to flood the country in droves. But, if Sami Aidoudi is above deportation, could anybody who has not been convicted a crime or been caught absolutely red-handed in a violent criminal offense be shipped off?
Let’s consider some more details about Sami Aidoudi’s time in Germany. He initially arrived in the nation in 1997 before leaving to “attend school” in Karachi – because, naturally, one must leave Germany for Pakistan to find prestigious universities.
In the wake of September 11th, Aidoudi was put on the German secret police’s watch list and has been discovered to be a teacher of Salafist Islamic ideas, the tenets that are most commonly associated with Islamic extremism. The German Federal Prosecutor’s office even opened an investigation into his ties to “a foreign terrorist organization” in 2007 but had to close the case when no concrete evidence was gathered. To this day, he has yet to commit a crime, but that hasn’t changed the way in which he is viewed by those who still surveil his activities.
"We view Sami A. as a dangerous preacher," Burkhard Freier, president of the North Rhine Westphalia state branch of the secret police, has previously stated. (DW)
Germany and Europe have fundamentally erred in their unwillingness to vet immigrants of Islamic faith to establish the best and brightest – or genuine asylum seekers – are permitted to remain in-continent for the long term. Aidoudi has been able to avoid technically breaking the law, but he long-ago broke at least one cultural code: thou shalt not proudly spread incendiary doctrine if you wish to remain in Germany.
The vocal anti-Islamaphobia crowd is undoubtedly pointing to the case of Sami Aidoudi as Exhibit A in just how far persecution can go. Apparently, the justice presiding over his case doesn’t disagree with this assessment.
After all, can German authorities justify surveilling a man for years, even after he’s married a German woman, had kids, and ceased to be proven guilty of the crimes he’s suspected of?
You betcha. A year-long sabbatical to Karachi, Pakistan will bring that kind of suspicion upon oneself. And the German government is not alone in their suspicions. The Tunisian government also suspects Aidoudi of having terrorist ties, and even when they were informed that he should be returned to Germany, rebuffed the command.
‘The next day, on July 14, Tunisian authorities added fuel to the fire by saying that they had no plans to return Aidoudi to Germany. "We have a sovereign justice system that is investigating him," a spokesperson for Tunisia's public prosecutor's office, Sofiene Sliti, told the DPA German news agency.’ (Gatestone Institute)
One question: is the Tunisian government Islamaphobic, too?
Don’t get it twisted: the reason Aidoudi is being brought back to Germany isn’t for gross legal misconduct or unfounded claims about his sketchy associations. The German court ruled that, because the Tunisian government had not issued a written guarantee that they would not torture Aidoudi, he must be returned to Germany.
On its face, assuming by default that a Tunisian investigative team would resort to torture seems pretty Islamaphobic. Not to mention the naiveté inherent in believing a written guarantee would stop somebody otherwise inclined from torturing the subject of an investigation into terror ties.
But, a sense of self-awareness, irony, or care for country and native people is not what the German courts, nor most of its leadership, has proven strong at. Sheltering Islamists who have lied about seeking asylum and potentially associated closely with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda?
As it turns out, the German legal system is quite good at that.