Multicultural Appeasement In Cologne
January 22, 2016 7 Comments
There’s really not all that much to add to this, from Daniel Hannan, MEP. I suppose I could say that I’ve said all this as well, I have, and so have others. But until we act on it, it doesn’t really matter.
What was your reaction when you heard that there had been a series of organized mass sexual assaults across German cities? Sympathy for the victims? Anger at the perpetrators? Concern about the future? If so, you’re evidently not a German official.
Ralf Jaeger is the interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, where the worst attacks happened. He was in no doubt about what the real outrage was. Not the assaults and rapes, but the online comments by his political opponents.
“What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chatrooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women,” he said. It’s the “at least” that is so staggering here. The police logged 516 criminal offenses in Cologne’s main square on New Year’s Eve, 40 per cent of them sexual assaults. But Herr Jaeger is less fussed about women being groped and robbed than about some skinhead loser posting obnoxious comments online.
I wish I could tell you that Herr Jaeger’s bizarre sense of moral priorities is unique, but he typifies his caste. Let’s recapitulate what happened in front of Cologne’s mammoth railway station that night. There was an orchestrated mob sexual assault of a kind not seen in Europe in centuries.
It has been seen before, however, in Tahrir Square. Egyptians even have a name for it: “Taharrush game’a.”
The Cologne police were overwhelmed. “The situation threatened chaos or serious injury, if not fatalities,” said their internal report. They attempted to clear the square but were “repeatedly bombarded with fireworks and bottles”. All the while, tearful women complained of assaults.
How did the police, in their public statement, summarize those monstrous events? “Ausgelassene Stimmung” – “Exuberant mood.” I suppose that’s one way of putting it.
In the days that followed, details began to leak out online. It transpired that almost all the men involved were Arabic-speakers, and that many of them had entered Germany as asylum-seekers. It emerged, too, that there had been similar organized attacks on women in cities across the country. And yet Germany’s police, politicians and pundits said nothing. The state broadcaster ZDF willfully ignored the story, later admitting that it didn’t want “to spread a bad mood.”
The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, who has campaigned vocally for refugees, told her female constituents that it was up to them to keep men at arm’s length when walking in public. Meanwhile, German MPs pushed ahead with a law to ban hate speech against migrants.
Think about that for a moment. The German state lacks the resources to protect its female citizens from sexual assailants, but it has the resources to prosecute people who insult the assailants.