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2/4/2017

About That Der Spiegel Cover…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 10:14 am

[guest post by Dana]

So, the cover of Germany’s weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel is causing quite a ruckus:

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The cartoon’s illustrator, Edel Rodriguez, who came to the United States in 1980 as a refugee from Cuba, explains the thinking behind his illustration:

“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez said, noting that the Statue of Liberty represents the United States’ history of welcoming immigrants. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” between the Islamic State and Trump. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”

To which Ezra Levant points out the ironic truth of the matter:

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Complementing Levant’s accurate and apt observation:

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For what it’s worth, what strikes me as ridiculously dishonest about Der Spiegel’s cover, is that it intentionally and conveniently avoids illustrating the damning consequences of Angela Merkel’s decision to put out the welcome mat to immigrants and migrants from a particular region of the world, and the horrific impact that decision has had on the women and children of Germany.

(Cross-posted at The Jury)

–Dana

10 Comments »

  1. Hello.

    Comment by Dana — 2/4/2017 @ 10:18 am

  2. Thank you, for this post.

    Comment by felipe — 2/4/2017 @ 10:52 am

  3. I’m sorry the continued willful blindness of Germany. It insures that the awful consequences of their open-door policy will continue unabated.

    Comment by Dana — 2/4/2017 @ 11:31 am

  4. Germany’s Merkel inflicted this disaster not only on Germany, but Europe. One of the consequences has been to greatly energize that anti-EU movement, perhaps to a degree fatal to the EU. One of the reasons is that this move proved the longstanding claims of the anti-EU side that being in the EU means being, to a large degree, ruled by Germany.

    This just might be history’s greatest shot to the foot. Or, more accurately, Germany carefully studied that foot, took careful aim, and let fly with the whole dang clip.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/4/2017 @ 11:39 am

  5. *Faulty link*

    Just FYI, the link in the post on Patterico.com to this one is faulty; it pops up a login screen.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/4/2017 @ 12:13 pm

  6. I fixed it, Arizona CJ. Thanks.

    Comment by Dana — 2/4/2017 @ 1:35 pm

  7. I’m sorry the continued willful blindness of Germany. It insures that the awful consequences of their open-door policy will continue unabated.

    I’m trying to understand the magnitude of these “awful consequences”.

    From what I can tell (this page says it lists all terror attacks inside Germany since 2010) Islamic terror attacks inside Germany have killed 15 people and injured 95 others during that time. One other incident of involving a German-Iranian teenager is described by police as not related to Islamic extremism (the kid was a neo-Nazi).

    In total, there were seven attacks (going back to 2011), committed by seven individuals.

    So, out of millions of refugees admitted over the last years (900,000 in 2015 alone), a total of seven have committed acts of Islamic terror.

    One might suppose the immigrants are responsible for other crimes, not classified as terrorism.

    A recent, comprehensive study showed that the admission of refugees had almost negligible impacts on crime and jobs in Germany. The German government’s statistics show that refugees commit crime at the same rate as native Germans. None of the research supports claims of an immigrant-driven “crime wave”.

    Comment by Dave — 2/4/2017 @ 4:31 pm

  8. ” … show that refugees commit crime at the same rate as native Germans.” – Dave

    I wonder if a study in other places, like say, Cologne, or Rotheram in England, would produce similar results.

    Comment by Quibus Vigilius — 2/4/2017 @ 5:45 pm

  9. I wonder if a study in other places, like say, Cologne, or Rotheram in England, would produce similar results.

    Cologne is part of Germany.

    Comment by Dave — 2/4/2017 @ 5:52 pm

  10. Yes, Cologne is in Germany, that’s why I only specified the country of the next city I mentioned, sorry if that was unclear. I was referencing the gang rape events of New Years in Cologne of last year, where over 100 women reported being sexually assaulted by gangs where the police were discouraging publicity, and to some extent, even investigation of the incidents. Similarly, the Rotherham serial rapes of young women where the police were afraid to investigate and for years didn’t prosecute because the assailants were immigrants and they didn’t want to appear racist.

    The point I was trying to make, perhaps too briefly, was that statistics in cases like this are vulnerable to political influence, even when the formal statistics are properly collected. Where the numbers are small, because the demographic in question is small as a percentage of the total population, as in this case, the accuracy of statistics in politically sensitive areas going to be hard to establish, or rely on. I suspect the claims of immigrants being responsible for greatly disproportionate shares of crime, or none at all, are too likely to be politically motivated studies, where the results were decided before the data was collected.

    In the U.S., over the course of my life, we have gone from a Sexual Revolution where the chance of sexual assaults going unreported and unprosecuted was considerably higher than today, to where complimenting someone on a new outfit may, in the wrong circumstances, be classified as sexual assault. Not sure I would trust statistics collected here, from 1967 or 2017, either.

    Comment by Quibus Vigilius — 2/4/2017 @ 7:15 pm

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