What’s a German’s Life Worth?

Chancellor Merkel oversees the transfer of German heritage to the Afghans.

Five thousand US dollars. I know that because I know Germans are not racists. Germans don’t believe that their lives are worth any more or any less than the lives of others. Germans are good people. They value all life equally. Since they value all life equally, I know that a German’s life is worth $5,000. Because that is what they paid today to each one of the 100 Afghan families who lost members to their army’s violence. The victims were all innocent. But we can’t judge them on that: armies tend to be fanatic about tradition. Their reputation is built on consistency and reliability. When it comes to battling the unarmed, few armies are more reliable. But unlike the past, no one could accuse Germans of discrimination today. They showed none in killing the Afghans. Old prejudices have no place in the new Germany. Why, didn’t the German chancellor give unequivocal support to the Jewish State in 2009 when it went about killing over 300 terrorist children in Gaza? But I don’t want to get carried away with all this talk about equality. In the end, the Germans remain a worthier people. Duetschland Uber Alles! See, the United States also overcame its Jim Crow past, but an American life is still worth only $2,500.


Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

5 thoughts on “What’s a German’s Life Worth?”

  1. I think that your claim is not truefully examined. German government is not what you think. I think you just didn’t read the fineprint.

    The reaity is, that Germany has not agreed to pay 5000 USD per life. Germany has agreed to pay 5000 USD per victims family.

    So I would not wonder, if after a in detph inquiry Germany finds out, that there were ony five or ten families affected by the German ordered aistrike. Tthat would make a little difference as per head of dead quota.

  2. I totally agree with you PULSE. Im from Germany and although germans act very secretly and dont say a word what they think about others e.g. muslims, jews, they cannot stand them. The UK and even Netherland, teat muslims much much better than Germany do that. Dont touch a dirty muslim/middle-easterner/semite = tolerance in Germany.

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