The first German refugee to Syria: I really wish that we in Germany would have a president like Bashar al-Assad

He himself declared that he is the first German refugee to Syria, which he believes that it is still one of the best countries in the world to live in under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad despite the economic problems.

Tobias Pfenning, who took part in the 3rd Conference of Trade Union held in Sahara complex in Damascus [September 8-9] to voice solidarity with Syria, posted on his Face book account on September 21, the following statement: "His Excellency president Bashar al-Assad welcoming the first German refugee to Syria personally. This is my president."

This statement draw my attention, so I communicated with him to know why he fled Germany and what was his story.

Pfenning told the Syria Times newspaper: “I think Germany is currently not a country worth living in. It is not a great society. Instead it is very much individualistic, anti-family, anti-traditionalist country. Liberalism has driven Germany so far that almost no collectives exist anymore, no families, no religion.”

He went on to say: “There is even a tendency in Germany to deny that there are men and women. Instead they want to introduce a variety of 60+ genders for people and allow people to choose between them. People are really busy with thinking about really ridiculous problems instead of actual problems of the world. Also, Germany is not really family friendly. Germans usually don’t get children anymore, because they can’t afford it and they don’t have family members to look after the children. And if they work it is even more complicated, because often both parents must work to afford living, and nobody can look after the children.”

Pfenning stressed that there is a housing crisis and people can not find flats to live in or they are too expensive to afford them. “Pensioners have the biggest problems. They worked 45 years and now they can hardly survive and many of them are collecting empty bottles in the trash in the streets to earn some extra money to their pensions to survive.”

Refugees in Germany

“On the other side there are now millions of so called “refugees”, which came for economic reasons to Germany and live of social welfare. Actually, 75% of the Syrians who came to Germany live from this social welfare and they don’t work but instead take the money from the state. Many of them live even better than people who work in Germany. Many of them are even terrorists and often they commit crimes. Just recently we had many cases of migrants who were pushing Germans in front of arriving trains to kill them,” he added.

In one of the cases, one African migrant pushed a mother with an eight years old child in front of a train – for no reason at all, only randomly. The child died in front of the eyes of the mother. The perpetrator was not even sentenced to jail.

Moreover, Pfenning indicated that there are a lot of knife stabbing attacks in the streets of Germany and it’s not really safe to go out for women at night in Germany – especially alone.

“Interestingly you won’t see anything like this in Syria except for maybe the parts, which are occupied by the terrorists and where kidnappings are still happening on everyday basis. But it’s right now way safer for women to go out in Damascus at night than in Germany,” he stated.

Pfenning narrated how he felt uncomfortable when he was sitting in Germany in a bus and there were 15 migrants with him.

“You just feel uncomfortable if you are in your own country and nobody speaks your language or looks like you. In another country – ok, but at home it is rather strange. We even have problems with the migrants in the schools. Especially in areas where there are many migrants it’s already hard to teach German in the school. How should pupils learn German if most elementary school children are actually not Germans, but migrants who speak Arabic as mother language. So, Germany is not the best place right now to build a family – at least for Germans.”

Syria still one of the best countries to live in

“To be honest I always felt really good in countries like Syria, Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic and I felt a lot more home and happier there than in Germany right now. I don’t see my future right now in Germany. Maybe I will live in Donbass, Russia or even Syria, but I will need to improve my Arabic for it. I think it is very important to learn the local language to communicate with ordinary people and understand the culture better. So for nearer future my plans also involve to return to Syria and stay for maybe some months to learn the language properly. Syria is despite the economic problems still one of the best countries in the world to live in. And I say this as somebody who has already seen many countries and societies.”

President al-Assad is really serving his own people

Asked about the reason behind his wish to have a President like Bashar al-Assad in Germany, Pfenning replied: “President al-Assad is a role model right now in my opinion. We in Germany only have Angela Merkel. But she was never elected by the people. We can not even vote in Germany for the chancellor. Instead we vote for parties. Only around 75% of people voted in the elections and only around 50% of them voted for the two parties, who in the end decided to make Angela Merkel our chancellor. So only a bit more than 30% of the Germans actually voted for the parties, which put Merkel into power. Things are so bad that it was already clear during the last elections that she would again become chancellor and we cannot decide about it at all. I was so upset about the situation and the lack for my vote to count that I just wrote Bashar al-Assad on my ballot paper during the elections to make an example.

“For me Bashar al-Assad would be a way better president than Merkel could ever be. He is really serving his own people and the interests of the nation. On many public events Merkel was even booed at by the ordinary people and she can’t move freely. Can you image this happening in Syria? The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad can freely move wherever he wants – even to the frontline and drive in his own car. He is close to the people and people greet him everywhere he goes and cheer of happiness. Merkel could never do anything like this. She would get attacked by her own citizens. I really wish that we in Germany would have a president like Bashar al-Assad – somebody who is one of us and represents us.”

Pfenning made his first visit to Syria two years ago. He visited Damascus, when the terrorists were still in eastern Ghouta.

“I really loved the country and the people. Syrian people are so friendly and they try to be happy under the worst circumstances. And there is a great culture of life in Syria. Despite people have to work, they also love to stay out all night with friends enjoying themselves and their lives. Something like this would be impossible in Germany. To be honest I was really overwhelmed by the friendliness of the Syrian people,” he affirmed.

 Pfenning concluded by saying: “ I was amazed to see such an ancient country and culture. You can really feel that Syria is one of the main places were all the big religions were born. It is a very unique feeling. And also I met so many proud Syrian people. Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army, who are the real heroes of our time. People who are fighting every day against terrorism, not only for themselves but the whole world. People who went to the factories and worked despite the threat of being shelled and killed.  I really felt honored to be amongst such proud people.”

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour