Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Western Response to the “Refugee” Crisis

The recent incident in the square outside of Cologne Cathedral illustrates the Western response to the Islamic invasion of the West.  Attacks on women in Cologne and other German cities resulted in over 600 criminal complaints.  According to an eyewitness there was at least one stabbing and one individual was beaten severely when assailants jumped on the victim’s head.  Yet the initial press release from the police described the event as “A mood of exuberance - largely peaceful celebrations." The police response was echoed in the press.  ZDF (Zweiten Deutschen Fernsehens) was forced to apologize for its decision not to report on the attacks until four days after they occurred.  Deputy chief editor, Elmar Thevessen wrote, “It was a mistake of the 7pm Heute show not to at least report the incidents.”  ZDF has a policy of not reporting Muslim crime stories because, according to their Editor in chief, Ina-Maria Reize-Wildemann, “We don’t want to inflame the situation and spread the bad mood. [The migrants] don’t deserve it.”  Cologne’s Mayor, Henriette Reker, claimed, “There’s no evidence that the molesters were refugees.”

Numerous examples exist of crimes that have not been reported.  The rape of a 13-year-old girl in Detmold was not reported for nearly three months, until local media published a story about the crime.  On July 26, a 21-year-old Tunisian asylum seeker raped a 20-year-old woman in the Dornwaldsiedlung district of Karlsruhe. Police kept the crime secret until August 14, when a local paper went public with the story.  An editorial in the newspaper, Westfalen-Blatt, claimed, “police are refusing to go public about crimes involving refugees and migrants because they do not want to give legitimacy to critics of mass migration.”  A female ‘No Borders’ activist working in a migrant camp on the France-Italy border remained silent about her gang rape by Sudanese migrants for over a month because “the others asked me to keep quiet.”  This suppression of news is not confined to Europe.  Authorities in Portland, Maine arrested three Somali-American refugees in connection with the brutal killing of a man and moved quickly to seal the case from public view.

Social media has played a leading role in publicizing news of crimes that the government and media would like to suppress.  However, the government has found a solution for this problem.  Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.  Zuckerberg commented, “we need to do some work” on this issue.  Merkel asked, “Are you working on this?” Zuckerberg responded “Yeah.”  At this point the conversation was cut off.  Debbie Frost, a spokeswoman for Facebook, wrote, “We think the best solutions to dealing with people who make racist and xenophobic comments can be found when service providers, government and civil society all work together to address this common challenge.”  Facebook and other social networks along with the German government will be working with ex-Stasi agent Anetta Kahane to root out “xenophobic” posts.  According to the authorities these posts can be very threatening.  Ralf Jaeger, the Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia claims, "What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chatrooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women."  Of course determining what is hateful is somewhat subjective.  A former Stasi agent may have a more demanding standard for “hate speech.”  This can be very significant.  A person can face incitement charges in Germany, “for comments aimed at creating hostile or triggering violence against a particular race, religion or ethnicity.”  By Jaeger’s standards the penalties must be at least as severe as for rape.

People who oppose the government’s immigration policy are frequently labeled as “far right,” “Neo Nazi,” or Nazis.  Commentators must walk a fine line in order not to be associated with these groups.  Could the Wall Street Journal have crossed that line?  Their reporter Bret Stephens wrote, “Among the hard lessons of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, surely one of them is that it’s foolish to expect that backward and often barbaric societies can be transformed into functioning liberal democracies. So why do liberals seem so surprised that so many people from these societies behave in barbaric ways after they’ve shoved their way into the West?”  Cologne’s Mayor Reker might find herself under investigation.  She commented, “there’s always the possibility to hold a certain distance.  More than an arm’s length in other words, not even seek a greater closeness with people who one finds to be foreign and with who one doesn’t have a trusted relationship.” 

The West will have to make many adjustments to accommodate its new arrivals.  Since Sweden opened its doors to mass immigration cases of rape have skyrocketed 1400%.  The fashion industry will have to be completely reformed.  Women and children will no longer be unaccompanied when away from home.  Common areas, pools and parks, will have to be closed.  Westerners will have to adjust, but the new arrivals will also have to make changes.  The New York Times ran a story about classes for new arrivals in Norway and Denmark on the topic that rape is wrong and unacceptable.  A sign posted outside of Cologne’s Cathedral reads, “One doesn't beat women - not even with flowers."  (This is sure to persuade immigrants.)  A sign posted in Germany reads, “Bitte nicht in die Duschen kacken,” in English and Arabic: “Please don’t poop in the shower.”  Once these migrants are educated these problems will be solved.

The problem in the West is not Islam.  It is the West itself.  George Orwell wrote in The Lion and the Unicorn, “However little we may like it, toughness is the price of survival.  A nation trained to think hedonistically cannot survive amid peoples who work like slaves and breed like rabbits.”  Sociologist Edward Shils wrote in “Dreams of Plentitude, Nightmares of Scarcity,” “Where authority abdicates through failures, ineptitude, and weakened self-confidence, it invites aggression against itself.”  The Western elite has invited this aggression. 

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