Germany on the Brink
by Ross Douthat JAN. 9, 2016
On New Year’s Eve, in the shadow of Cologne’s cathedral, crowds of North African and Middle Eastern men accosted women out for the night’s festivities. They surrounded them, groped them, robbed them. Two women were reportedly raped.
Though there were similar incidents from Hamburg to Helsinki, the authorities at first played down the assaults, lest they prove inconvenient for Angela Merkel’s policy of mass asylum for refugees.
That delay has now cost Cologne’s police chief his job. But the German government still seems more concerned about policing restless natives — most recently through a deal with Facebook and Google to restrict anti-immigrant postings — than with policing migration. Just last week Merkel rejected a proposal to cap refugee admissions (which topped one million last year) at 200,000 in 2016.
Germany Says 22 Asylum Seekers Are Among Those Sought for New Year’s Eve Assaults (WSJ)
by ANTON TROIANOVSKI
Wall Street Journal — Updated Jan. 8, 2016 4:14 p.m. ET
BERLIN—Germany said at least 22 migrants seeking asylum were among the suspects in alleged New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne, the latest disclosure in the aftermath of a night of violence that has put new pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward refugees.
The state government forced the police chief in the city of Cologne, Wolfgang Albers, to resign amid widespread criticism of how his force handled the incident. Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said the police leadership apparently tried to obfuscate what happened that night, leaving her trust in the city’s top police officials “significantly shaken.”
The alleged series of attacks and thefts by migrants on New Year’s Eve in the Rhineland city of one million people—with more than 170 complaints, largely for sexual assault, filed by victims with local police—has turned into one of Ms. Merkel’s biggest domestic crises as she has tried to keep Germans behind her in welcoming refugees.
Amid widespread criticism in the news media that officials were playing down the extent of the attacks and the involvement of migrants, Ms. Merkel’s government pushed back on Friday and tried to show transparency.
by Ashe Schow
January 10, 2016 | 6:26pm
In the wake of horrifying tales of sexual assault perpetrated by potentially up to 1,000 men on New Year’s Eve, German officials have made two stunning decisions.
The first, from Cologne, Germany — where the attacks took place — was Mayor Henriette Reker telling women to adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent further sexual assaults, which crossed the line into “victim blaming.”
The second, from the broader German government, was to crack down hard — not on those responsible for the assaults, but for those criticizing the Muslim immigrants who may have perpetrated them.
Let’s take a step back and remember how all of this started. On New Year’s Eve, women celebrating in Cologne were reportedly groped, sexually assaulted and/or robbed as they walked the streets.
More than 100 criminal complaints have been filed, 75 percent of which were reports of sexual assault. Two women reported being raped by the men, who were allegedly of North African and Arab appearance. Women in Hamburg and Stuttgart also reported similar attacks.
So far several dozen have been identified, most of which were asylum seekers.
But due to Germany’s desperation to prove not only that it’s the most tolerant country in Europe but also that letting in hundreds of thousands of immigrants would have no disastrous consequences, the female victims of the attacks were initially ignored by the political class. Had the alleged perpetrators been white members of a fraternity, the international response would have been completely different, as the Atlantic’s David Frum noted.
by ANNE-MARIE WATERS 6 Oct 2015In Norway, recent statistics revealed that 100 per cent of violent street-rapes committed in the capital city of Oslo were committed by “non-western” immigrants. It’s a similar story in Denmark, where the majority of rapes are committed by immigrants, usually Muslim.In England, it’s been rape after rape – tens of thousands of young British girls are brutalised, tortured, beaten and raped by organised gangs comprised almost exclusively of Muslims. And now we have Germany. When Chancellor Merkel threw open the doors of her country to hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, she opened the door to the rape of German women.Rape and sexual assault (as well as forced prostitution) is rampant within the refugee camps in Germany, and it has spilled out to the nearby towns. Rape in Germany has already been described as an “epidemic” and one that the German authorities, and media, are keeping rather quiet about. The reality is that German authorities, who know that many of these asylum seekers are rapists, will allow those men to live freely among German women – they have decided to allow German women to be raped, just like authorities all across Europe.Women of Europe must understand what is happening here. This is not Page Three, or a Carry On film sexist joke (for the record, I wouldn’t be without my Carry On collection); this is a truly brutal hatred of women that demands we are slaves and absolutely believes it has the right to rape women who don’t submit. The men think of women this way because that is where they come from, that is what they know.
Europe is in serious trouble. Only a few months ago, the EU attempted to pressure European countries to accept United Nations refugee quotas. A few countries, for example Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, resisted pressure to conform. As it turns out, those few countries correctly anticipated the destabilizing effects of admitting migrants in numbers far exceeding nations' abilities to provide adequate processing to ensure the security and safety for their own citizens.
The media has helped to create and perpetuate the myopic policies of liberal-progressive politicians, who are perhaps better described as non-realists, by demonizing any citizen who expresses concern and labelling said citizens as belonging to the "far right". (Anything or anyone to the right of the leftwing media is characterized by said media as "far right".) By suppressing legitimate criticism of liberal policies, the media has participated in the creation of a situation which puts women at high risk of assault. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Britain—the experiences of those nations comprise a rapidly expanding litany of horror and sorrow for women of those countries.
Act now or act later.