A predominantly one-topic blog: how is it that the most imminent and lethal implication for humankind - the fact that the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will not work with Iran - is not being discussed in our media? Until it is recognized that MAD is dead, the Iranian threat will be treated as a threat only to Israel and not as the global threat which it in fact is.
A blog by Mladen Andrijasevic
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Cologne Portent
In the spirit of Christian charity,
Merkel has imported Muslim misogyny.
Protesters in Leipzig, Germany, Jan. 11.
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
As I write, 516 criminal complaints have been filed in
Germany against men of mainly North African or Arab origin who went on a New
Year’s Eve sexual-assault rampage in the city of Cologne.
“Twenty or 30 men, foreign men, surrounded us and we
couldn’t even move anymore,” a woman identified as Michelletoldthe BBC. “They just grabbed our
arms and tried to tear us apart and pushed our clothes away and tried to get
between our legs.”
Similar events also took place in Hamburg, Stuttgart and
Berlin. In Sweden, a scandal erupted after it emerged that police had
suppressed a report of mass groping by Middle East migrants at a festival last
summer. In September,Soeren
Kernof the Gatestone Institutechronicledsome 30 cases of rape and sexual
assault perpetrated by migrants against German and migrant women alike.
“In Bavaria, women and girls housed at a refugee shelter.
. . are subject to rape and forced prostitution on a daily basis,” Mr. Kern
writes, citing reports from women’s rights groups. “The price for sex with
female asylum seekers is 10 euros.”
For anyone even minimally acquainted with Mideast mores,
none of this is news. Mob sexual assaults in Egypt became notorious after the
2011 attack on reporterLara
they have become a staple of Egyptian life. “Suddenly I was in the middle,
surrounded by hundreds of men in a circle that was getting smaller and smaller
around me,” one Egyptian womanwroteof a 2013 attack in Cairo’s Tahrir
Square. “They were touching and groping me everywhere.”
The World Economic Forum publishes aGlobal Gender
Gap Report, which ranks the status of women in 142 countries. Bottom
of the list: Yemen, Pakistan, Chad, Syria, Mali and Iran, all Muslim-majority
countries. A 2013Pew surveyof Muslim views on women’s rights
found that only 22% of Egyptians and 14% of Iraqis thought that women should
have a right to divorce their husbands, while fully 92% of Moroccans and 87% of
Palestinians thought a wife must always obey her husband.
Put bluntly, there is a pronounced tendency among Middle
Eastern men to view women either as chattel or as whores. This is not a
pleasant reality to acknowledge, but it’s an even more dangerous thing to
ignore. So why is it ignored?
Mr. Kern writes that police have remained silent about
incidents of rape “because they do not want to give legitimacy to critics of
mass migration.” That fits the pattern in Sweden, as it does with the Rotherham
involving some 1,400 English girls abused over 16 years by men of Pakistani
descent. In that case, police and social services ignored evidence of the abuse
for fear of “giving oxygen to racist perspectives,” according to theIndependent
Inquiryinto the case.
Or, asDenis MacShane,Rotherham’s
former Labour MP and self-declared “Guardian-reading liberal leftie” put it, it
was a matter of “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”
That’s a telling admission. Multiculturalism is a liberal
fetish that is also the antithesis of liberalism, classical or modern—a
simultaneous belief in individual autonomy and cultural equality, irrespective
of whether different cultures believe in individual rights or not.
Typically liberals have elided this incoherence by
pretending, as President Obama oftendoes,
that Western cultures are no better than non-Western cultures in respecting
human rights, or by demanding radical liberalism inside the West while supinely
accepting violent anti-liberalism outside it.
But the events in Cologne make a nonsense of this. What
was outside the West is now inside. In the spirit of Christian charity,Angela
other European leaders have imported a culture of Muslim misogyny. In the name
of humanity, the benefactors are asked to close their eyes to the brutishness
of so many of their beneficiaries.
At his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Mr.
Obama is expected to make the case for opening our doors to Syrian refugees. As
the son of a displaced person who arrived with her mother in the United States
after World War II with seven dollars, I’m sympathetic to immigrants,
particularly the lowliest among them. Whether their papers are in order doesn’t
matter to me. It’s their intentions that count.
No amount of vetting is going to find all the bad apples
in the new wave of Middle Eastern refugees. So here’s my modest proposal, for
Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel. Let’s open our doors wide to women, young children
and the elderly. And let’s close it shut to the men. They have a mess to clean
up in their own countries. And much to prove in the horrifying wake of Cologne.