Alexander Rahr: Munich Massacre Is Not the End of Multicultural Society


"I am a German and was born in Germany!" shouted the 18-year-old German-Iranian, who on July 22 killed 10 people and wounded 16 more in a shopping center in Munich.

Even recognizing the fact that “the terror comes mainly from immigrants from the Third World countries who could not integrate into European society, Europe will not close the borders, change the law or tighten control over migrants, because politicians and parties, which stand at the head of Germany, France and other European countries, will not sell their own beliefs and their idea of Europe," said Alexander Rahr, professor and director of research at the German-Russian Forum.

Police learned that the culprit who carried out the Munich massacre was an 18-year-old man who was born in Germany in a family of immigrants from Iran. Checking of his computer revealed that he was interested in playing violent video games. "This is a mentally ill person who is radicalized because of computer games. He studied poorly, suffered from an inferiority complex due to the fact that really could not be fully integrated into German society. Because of that, he took up the gun. In his backpack he had another 300 bullets, that is, he could shoot for a long time. He fled from police and killed himself to avoid punishment," Alexander Rahr said in an interview with

"This is not an Islamist terrorist attack and not a ‘German Breivik’ as it seemed during the night. This is the American option,” the expert explained. “This is a terrible tragedy like those that often occur in America, where mentally ill people, schoolchildren in particular, are going to commit crimes. It happened in Germany in 2009, when a person [Tim Kretschmer - ed] suddenly began to take revenge by killing his classmates and teachers because he had bad grades," said the expert.

According to Alexander Rahr, the fact that the Munich shooter was of Iranian origin can be a problem, because people in German right-wing circles will say that there needs to be more control over immigrants from the Middle East. However, since this incident has no connection with Islamism, the fateful political decisions will not be made.

In Europe, the movement of ‘lone wolf’ terrorists is gaining momentum, and many experts say that as opposed to organized terrorist groups, it is virtually impossible to fight them because they are unpredictable and do not generally give warning signs. Despite the fact that in the Munich case ties with Daesh are not traced, there is nonetheless alarming regularity: this is the second bloody incident in Germany within a week, and both were committed by Muslim immigrants.

"Just a few days before Munich, a 17-year-old Afghani committed an attack (many believe that it was a Pakistani who lived on forged documents in Munich). A refugee with an ax attacked the train passengers [route from Treuchtlingen to Wurzburg (Bavaria) - ed.], mutilated several people there, and when the police tried to stop him, he threw the ax at police. He was shot. But [in that case] there was evidence of a link with Daesh,” Alexander Rahr said.

"There were no Daesh ties found with the Munich shooter. The investigation, however, is still in process, but everything indicates the other option – the option of the psychopath, who was not integrated into German society, he felt disadvantaged and wanted to become a hero, enact revenge on everyone, leaving a trail of blood, and then to die "- Rahr pointed out.

However, despite the evidence that "terror comes primarily from immigrants from the Third World," no concrete measures to tighten control over migrants either in Germany or in Europe in general will most likely be taken, the expert said.

"People in Russia constantly ask me, does this mean the ‘end of a multicultural society’? Yes, Angela Merkel said about this 10 years ago. But she has not repeated these words since. Multicultural society already exists in Germany. It is naive to think that it can be not created somewhere or repealed. It exists. Over the past 15-20 years in Germany, the number of immigrants from Third World countries has increased so much, especially from the Middle East and North Africa, that German cities are now completely different. This is similar to what you have seen 20-30 years ago in Paris, Belgium. At that time they (immigrants – ed) went to France, England, Belgium, because it was their former colonizers. Back then Germany had nothing to do with it because it did not have colonies," Alexander Rahr said.

"Now globalization has changed everything. Europe has become united, and people who want to get from Third World countries to developed European countries, can choose not only between France, Belgium and England, but go where there is a better social welfare system, where they would be better off,” Rahr noted. According to him, “Germany with its excellent social and economic system is very attractive. Today, for those people, it is the most important factor, despite the fact that they do not speak German. And, of course, there are problems with the integration of these people (Germany has never been a country of immigrants), and the problems will still be huge, but it is impossible to stop the flow or to change the situation."

"There are already millions of people. Where do we send them? They have received political asylum. There is the second, the third generation of Iranians, as we can see, people who cannot be integrated here. Many, on the one hand, have a German passport, on the other - do not identify themselves as full-fledged Germans, and live with complexes, grievances, angrily, being constantly humiliated. Some of their representatives are a danger to society," Rahr pointed out.

At the same time in France, according to the expert, the problem in this respect is even more acute. "A few years ago in Paris young Arabs burned cars, shouting ‘You, the French, do not accept us, you humiliate us,’ Of course, migrants will demand more opportunities for themselves, more rights and will use the same liberal legislation," Rahr said.

What steps can Europe undertake to stabilize the situation that has developed in the ‘multicultural society’? According to Alexander Rahr, there is a solution: to close the borders, strengthen legislation to monitor migrants, deporting those who have violated the law, but the politicians and parties, which stand at the head of Germany, France and other European countries, will never do this, because then "they would sell out their own beliefs and the idea of Europe."

"It is possible to reverse the situation only in the event that the liberal legislation in Europe and Germany is drastically changed. And the current German politicians will never do this, because this is their credo, their beliefs, their life, they wanted Europe the way it is now, and they will fight for it. And above all, they will fight against the right-wing tendencies, which, of course, will strengthen in the German society. But it is already impossible to do away with the multicultural society," Rahr concluded.

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