Integration of this new population is contingent on blocking out the fears of what could go wrong, and the threats from the hostile elements of their home countries, just as it appears to be equally contingent on the success of the new population to be seen by the German community as contributing members of society. Perhaps the hostile elements at war with the West hate the fact that the West would provide shelter for their displaced. Perhaps a reality exists that housing the displaced will create threats in Western countries. However, I would propose that two possible futures exist: a future where the displaced populations are successfully welcomed and established in new lives they wish to create, or, a future where the West treats this population with the hatred expected by the opponent. In the latter case, walls will not keep out the threats presented by an ideology focused on laying bare the corruption of Western cultures. In a world where these ideologies spread online and in chat rooms, youth buy into the perpetuating cycle of hatred these acts of violence breed around them. In the former case, if these ideologies attempt to plant themselves in Western cultures where they are not true, where displaced are welcomed and settled by hospitable communities, does it not prevent these seeds from growing?
Germany has faced many challenges in the past 25 years. Challenges to grieve and heal as a nation, to see if they would be successful with this experiment. While they have become a very successful global economy, there is still economic depression in one half of the country, which needs entrepreneurship for new life. It seems appropriate for Merkel to propose that Germany can perhaps experience new life by extending a hand to offer new lives to those in search of fresh starts. For this experiment to succeed, it will take just as concentrated an effort as it has on the part of Germany thus far to become one united country for all parties involved to work together toward common goals.