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Who Coulda Saw This Coming? [UPDATED]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 1:58 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Just saw an article on the Fox News website titled “German Mayor Condemns New Year Sex Assaults as ‘Intolerable.'”

Hey, reader, don’t jump to conclusions, you nasty Islamophobe.

Anyway, the article reports that on New Year’s Eve a number of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed near the Cologne train station. There were a total of 90 incidents of assault, at least one of which was said to be a rape. Similar reports, though perhaps not to the same extent, come from Hamburg. Mayors from both cities are asking the public for help in identifying the perpetrators.

Stop that! I know what you are thinking here, and it is not helpful for you to suggest that they look for newly-arrived young men with beards.

Back to the article: “According to police, witnesses described the assaults as being committed by men of ‘Arab or North African origin’ who had gathered in large numbers near the train station.”

Well damn.

Naturally leftwing German politicians are rushing to demand that people don’t jump to conclusions:

Green Party lawmaker Claudia Roth warned against blaming refugees for the assaults. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, who condemned the attacks in Cologne as “cowardly and vile,” also warned against hasty conclusions about the perpetrators.

“In criminal law what’s important is proving a crime, and everyone is equal before the law,” Maas said. “It doesn’t matter where someone comes from, it matters what they did and that we can prove it.”

In other words, let’s not revisit the whole idea that our moral preening about opening the floodgates to “refugees” “from Syria” could possibly have any negative effects on the German public. Instead, let’s go through the usual legal process and just treat this as an occurrence where somehow a bunch of guys with certain key traits in common just happened to all commit similar crimes at the same location at the same time. Nothing to see here folks. Even more banal was the statement from Cologne mayor Henriette Reker, in addressing the potential for more problems during the annual Winter Carnival festivities next month: “We will also have to explain our carnival better to people from other cultures, so that there’s no confusion about the cheerful behavior in Cologne that has nothing to do with candor, especially candid sexuality.”

Is it just me, or did Mayor Reker just suggest that Muslim immigrants need to be taught not to rape German women just because they have a few drinks, wear tight clothing, and hug and kiss their male companions? The left is wetting itself over the idea that anti-immigrant parties in Europe seem to be gaining popularity. Heaven forbid that European political parties prioritize the safety of their citizens, rather than grandstand for the sake of the media/academic/cultural elite that has bolloxed up things so thoroughly thus far.

But at least Frau Merkel will always be invited to all of the important banquets hosted by Time Magazine.

[UPDATE 2:21 pm] – Powerline also has a post up on this topic. They quote the BBC which reports that some of the men detained for these crimes are — are you ready for it? — “asylum seekers, carrying copies of their residence certificates.”


43 Responses to “Who Coulda Saw This Coming? [UPDATED]”

  1. Notice how parties that question the conventional elite wisdom on immigration are now described in the media as “extreme right wing”?

    JVW (d60453)

  2. Rotherham.

    Kevin Stroup (d86a40)

  3. Oxford.

    JVW (d60453)

  4. Powerline also has a post up on this topic. Lest anyone thing I just steal all my posts from them, I did not see it until just now. They don’t have time-stamps on their posts, so I have no idea when it first appeared.

    [Edit: looks like they beat me to it. Their earliest comment is 45 minutes old, so they posted theirs while I was still drafting mine. Confound it.]

    JVW (d60453)

  5. Those spineless “leaders” need to sell their claptrap to the 90 women who have had their persons violated to one degree or another by men of ‘Arab or North African origin’. What vile people they are to believe they have the right to touch a woman whenever, wherever they want because they are women. This is the end result of “she wore a short skirt, she deserved it” mentality. Except that when it’s European natives (or Americans), it’s a reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable excuse. But when it’s Muslims, let’s don’t assume bad things about them. What utter bullshit.

    Further, JVW, yes, they do have to teach the Muslim men not to sexually assault women. At least in Norway. Other European countries will follow.

    When he first arrived in Europe, Abdu Osman Kelifa, a Muslim asylum seeker from the Horn of Africa, was shocked to see women in skimpy clothes drinking alcohol and kissing in public. Back home, he said, only prostitutes do that, and in locally made movies couples “only hug but never kiss.”

    Confused, Mr. Kelifa volunteered to take part in a pioneering and, in some quarters, controversial program that seeks to prevent sexual and other violence by helping male immigrants from societies that are largely segregated or in which women show neither flesh nor public affection to adapt to more open European societies.

    Fearful of stigmatizing migrants as potential rapists and playing into the hands of anti-immigrant politicians, most European countries have avoided addressing the question of whether men arriving from more conservative societies might get the wrong idea once they move to places where it can seem as if anything goes.

    But, with more than a million asylum seekers arriving in Europe this year, an increasing number of politicians and also some migrant activists now favor offering coaching in European sexual norms and social codes.

    So remind this woman why I shouldn’t be concerned about Muslim males from failed states who cannot be properly vetted coming en masse into our country? Turns out it’s not just the fear of them being terrorists that tops the list.

    Whoda thunk, indeed.

    Dana (86e864)

  6. “We will also have to explain our carnival better to people from other cultures, so that there’s no confusion about the cheerful behavior in Cologne that has nothing to do with candor, especially candid sexuality.”

    I seem to remember in my teen years learning about the concept of “The Ugly American,” that obnoxious, poor-mannered, unsophisticated tourist who seemed to think that everywhere he went, things should be handed to him on a silver platter, and that hospitality workers ought to be able to communicate with him in English.

    Seems to me nowadays in America (and other places) there is a much bigger problem: The Ugly Immigrant. He arrives in a new country having heard of the opportunities that await there after leaving his hellhole of a homeland, and is surprised to learn that some expect some semblance of assimilation in exchange for having the nation’s bounty shared with him. Wanting more than anything to maintain the culture that he practically crawled on his hands and knees to escape, he chooses to self-balkanize, only communicating with the host nation when accessing government services, when he demands intervention of law enforcement, or is the reason law enforcement must intervene. In some cases, families of Ugly Immigrants band together (as an organized community) and complain that their new home is not what it was cracked up to be. But most of them don’t return to where they came from, they make their new home more like the place they left in desperation.

    Unlike the Ugly Americans, whose critics are just as likely to be stateside as in other lands, Ugly Immigrants rarely display a modicum of self-awareness. And of course, Ugly Americans eventually leave. On the other hand, Ugly Immigrants often drop anchor in the form of a bundle of joy that nobody wants to send to a backwater republic where there is no hope.

    L.N. Smithee (e750c1)

  7. raping people

    they love it so much

    it’s just how they’re wired i guess

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  8. L.N. Smithee,

    I would venture a guess, and feel rather sure of it, that almost all the commenters on this thread whose family members immigrated to the US did so with the intention of becoming Americans and assimilate into the culture. This being the new life about which they dreamt. That is no longer so.

    Dana (99c3b7)

  9. I would venture a guess, and feel rather sure of it, that almost all the commenters on this thread whose family members immigrated to the US did so with the intention of becoming Americans and assimilate into the culture. This being the new life about which they dreamt. That is no longer so.

    The Europeans abandoned this notion of assimilation first. Starting a couple of generations ago it was no longer acceptable to teach about the glories of your nation’s history to impressionable school kids. Britain changed from grand tales of a far-flung empire to apologizing for the “sin of colonialism.” Germany was weighed down by the sins of Nazism and GDR communism. France got so deeply immersed into postmodernism and other trendy Marxist philosophical theory that Lord only knows what they taught to their students. So generations of Western European Muslims grew up hearing how awful their new country’s history had previously been. Is it any wonder that they grew up having no respect for Western values?

    Now stop for a moment and consider the influx of Muslims into the U.S. coinciding with the rise of the crybullies. I don’t think this is going to end well.

    JVW (d60453)

  10. Another Ugly Immigrant example, as lied about by usual suspect Muslim “comedian” Dean Obeidallah and unspun by (to its credit) CNN.

    L.N. Smithee (e750c1)

  11. speaking of the assimilations why does google use the mexicano name for the rio grande instead of the for reals name?

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  12. This from Breitbart (via Drudge):

    Cologne Mayor: Women Should Be More Careful After Migrant Mass Rapes, Promises ‘Guidance’ So They Can ‘Prepare’

    … the newly elected pro-migrant mayor instead blamed the victims of the sexual abuse for having failed to defend themselves against the immigrant attackers. …

    KungFu Frauleins to be the answer to Europe’s rape by ISIS?

    Alternatively, look for Cologne to be issuing Koran’s in order to instruct the female half of the population on proper behavior when in public places, preferably escorted by male relatives.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  13. I owe happyfeet an apology. I thought he was being a wise guy.

    L.N. Smithee (e750c1)

  14. The left is wetting itself over the idea that anti-immigrant parties in Europe seem to be gaining popularity.

    I originally read that as the left were getting sexually excited over the prospect.

    Dejectedhead (81690d)

  15. As I mentioned in the update, the Powerline post links to a NY Times article. Here is perhaps the most insipid comment on that article, which naturally was selected as one of the 12 (out of 900) “NYT Picks” comments:

    I’m German and live in Cologne for more than 15 years, and I’m sad and shocked that those disgusting crimes took place here.

    I want to point out two things: Yes, Cologne has for many years a problem with certain groups of young men from North Africa attacking people and dealing with drugs.

    But this has nothing to do with the 10.000 new refugees who came to Cologne in 2015. Not much has changend in town since they have arrived. I see some of them in the park where I go for a walk, round about 250 refugees live in a gym hall nearby. I see them sitting in the park, playing with their children, all friendly and calm.

    Terrible things happen and we must fight crime wherever it occurs, but we shouldn’t forget that every human being is an individual with an individual responsibility.

    You see everyone, it’s OK if 100 Muslim immigrant men go on a robbery and assault spree against women, because this commenter knows 250 other Muslim immigrant men who are “friendly and calm.” Sure these attacks are horrible, but adding thousands and thousands of new young Muslim men to Cologne won’t make any difference. Pinky swear. This is exactly the kind of intellectual unseriousness combined with moral emptiness that is going to be the end of Europe.

    JVW (d60453)

  16. is ok

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  17. I originally read that as the left were getting sexually excited over the prospect.

    A distinction without any substantive difference.

    JVW (d60453)

  18. happyfeet, AMC was playing the great John Wayne-Dean Martin movie of the same name* over Christmas weekend, and the Google folks were so enthralled by Ricky Nelson’s supporting role that they went ahead and changed the name in homage.

    (*not to be confused with the great John Wayne-Ben Johnson movie titled Rio Grande. That one had Maureen O’Hara in it while Rio Bravo had to settle for Angie Dickinson.)

    JVW (d60453)

  19. Hmmm…Maureen O’Hara, or Angie Dickinson? If only all such dilemmas were had a guaranteed good outcome. 🙂

    L.N. Smithee (e750c1)

  20. raping people

    they love it so much

    it’s just how they’re wired i guess
    happyfeet (a037ad) — 1/5/2016 @ 2:28 pm

    They apparently do love it, but when you say that it’s just how they’re wired, I have to disagree. To me that implies that they are born this way, with the wiring already in place. I disagree. If that were true, then none of these criminals would be guilty of their sexual abuse of women. However, being steeped in a particular brand of Islam, as frequently taught in the ME and elsewhere, full approval is given to treat women abysmally in any number of ways. The left likes to say, oh but that’s just a small number of imams and clerics who teach that. It’s not difficult to do the research that shows otherwise. They are entirely responsible for their behavior. They should be prosecuted as such.

    I read these statistics, and it bears repeating: beware of immigrants from particular corners of the world.

    In 1975, the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the former homogeneous Sweden into a multicultural country. Forty years later the dramatic consequences of this experiment emerge: violent crime has increased by 300%.

    If one looks at the number of rapes, however, the increase is even worse. In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police; in 2014, it was 6,620. That is an increase of 1,472%.

    Sweden is now number two on the global list of rape countries. According to a survey from 2010, Sweden, with 53.2 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants, is surpassed only by tiny Lesotho in Southern Africa, with 91.6 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.

    Dana (86e864)

  21. Just the Islamic version of “Virtue Signaling”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. Yet more:

    A Syrian migrant offered his wife as payment to people smugglers then joined them in raping her daily during the family’s crossing to Europe, it has been revealed.

    The incident is just one of thousands of unreported cases of sexual assaults perpetrated against migrant women making their way to Europe.

    The husband, who had run out of money to pay the smugglers in Bulgaria, put forward his 30-year-old wife to the smugglers in order to earn the family’s crossing.

    Although there is now a restraining order against her abusive husband, she is terrified of being killed by him for bringing ‘dishonour’ to their family.

    Normal husbands who value life, and especially the lives of their wives, DO NOT DO THIS! They learn it. They are taught it. This is Islam. And nothing any self-deceived-the-world-is-one-big-safe-space twit like Cologne mayor Henriette Reker or Green Party lawmaker Claudia Roth (from the post) say can change the fact. How utterly disgraceful and dangerous it is that any officials anywhere seek to make excuses for these animals. How much more disgraceful is it that it is women tacitly approving the “she asked for it” excuse.

    Dana (86e864)

  23. No value placed on their traditions or culture, with their penchant for PC, the Euro elite are pretty much leaning toward suicide.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. they did it to Lara Logan too

    but yes yes by how they’re wired i mean this is what they learn

    not all of em, but the closer the country they come from is to saudi arabia the trashier and more animal-like they are it seems

    happyfeet (831175)

  25. I think I may have identified the problem…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. with fraulein reiker, she apparently was supported by Greens, Free Democrats and Merkel’s party,
    herr Maas is an SDP apparatchik,

    Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture in December 2014, Maas told German newspaper Bild: “The CIA’s practice of torture is gruesome […] Everybody involved must be legally prosecuted.”[13]

    narciso (732bc0)

  27. I will live to see either:

    1) Europe expels the Muslims, or

    2) V-E Day.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  28. Dana – Normal husbands who value life, and especially the lives of their wives, DO NOT DO THIS! They learn it. They are taught it. This is Islam. And nothing any self-deceived-[progs] say can change the fact.

    “This is Islam,” but Trump’s proposal to suspend Muslim immigration is “ridiculous.”

    scrutineer (905d41)

  29. Scrutineer,

    I’m glad you pointed that out as I have been thinking about Trump’s proposal re Muslims not be allowed to enter (temporarily ) the country and giving it further consideration. My objection remains that, as far as I understand it, it would include Muslim-Americans who are out of country. How do you tell Americans they cannot return to their own country? As I stated at 21 (and perhaps should have included it at 23, but thought it was understood), I believe that it is a particular brand of Islam that seems to produce the heinous behaviors toward women we read about. Typically, these are not what we see from Muslim-Americans.

    I will say that as the weeks pass by and more and more reports of this sort come out, the more convinced I feel like we need to do something. The reason I lean more toward Cruz’s proposal is he does not include Americans. He wants to only target those from countries that are under control of al Quaeda or ISIS – because that’s where the threat is coming from. To me, the distinction is very important.

    What are your thoughts?

    Dana (86e864)

  30. well there is a problem there, take the late mr, abbaoud, a belgian citizen, or this new fellow
    on the radar screen:

    Gaffney’s more focused plan, tries to identify who are salafi,

    narciso (732bc0)

  31. If one looks at the number of rapes, however, the increase is even worse. In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police; in 2014, it was 6,620. That is an increase of 1,472%.

    It’s even worse if one looks at gang rapes. It’s my understanding that in 1975 the number of gang rapes was zero. Nowadays it’s well above zero.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  32. The real problem is that most of the anti-Islamist parties getting attention seem to be Fascist parties.

    Europe and Fascism
    There’s an idea that’s just begging for more promotion.

    Nicholas Bretagna II (059807)

  33. What’s the difference between European fascism and moslem theocracy?

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  34. Only five have been arrested so far. No-go zones already or just multi-culti cowardice?

    New rule, in lieu of that mob of 1,000: stay inside, only go out with male chaperone, cover your body when you do go out.

    Oh wait…

    Patricia (5fc097)

  35. “DON SURBER: FBI Headed For A Showdown Over Hillary. Money quote, from Joseph DiGenova: “I believe that the evidence that the FBI is compiling will be so compelling that, unless [Lynch] agrees to the charges, there will be a massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an attorney general. It will be like Watergate. It will be unbelievable.”

    Colonel Haiku (467f23)

  36. 23. …Normal husbands who value life, and especially the lives of their wives, DO NOT DO THIS! They learn it. They are taught it. This is Islam…

    Dana (86e864) — 1/5/2016 @ 5:10 pm

    Yes, they are taught it.

    Jan 9 Many Egyptian viewers were horrified when preacher Hisham el-Ashry recently popped up on primetime television to say women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police.

    That an obscure preacher could get publicity for such views was seen as another example of the confused political scene in Egypt since the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak gave birth to a cacophony of feuding voices.

    “I was once asked: If I came to power, would I let Christian women remain unveiled? And I said: If they want to get raped on the streets, then they can,” Ashry told Nahar TV last week…

    There’s a lot of misinformation in this article. The fact of the matter is that in Egypt it has long been common for Muslims to rape and even kidnap Coptic Christian girls and women for the purpose of forcing them into marriage.

    Egyptian Muslims post videos of themselves degrading and assaulting Copts that they kidnap, degrade, and rape. They were and are proud of what they’re doing.

    I won’t link to those videos.

    This was true even under Sadat and Mubarak. And when the families of these women and girls went to the police, the police would refuse to do anything about it since the victims now “belonged” to the ummah.

    If you read the article I did link to you’ll see that many Egyptians will tell you this is not Islam. The writers will tell you this preacher has been condemned by Egypt’s leading religious authorities.

    …Egypt’s top Islamic institutions, such as al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, and Dar al Ifta, the central authority for issuing religious rulings, have long said religious practices should not be imposed on people.

    Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the country’s most senior Islamic legal official, has dismissed the self-styled preacher’s views.

    “This sort of idiotic thinking is one that seeks to further destabilise what is already a tense situation,” Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said in a statement to Reuters…

    But they’re playing a sort of shell game with the truth. They’re focusing on whether or not Egypt should have a Saudi-style morals police enforcing religious practices, such as beating women who go in public unveiled. They are not focusing on the rape of non-Muslim women. Egyptian Coptic women do often wear the veil precisely to avoid getting raped. It often doesn’t do any good; they’ll get raped regardless of whether or not they wear the veil.

    I have an Al Azhar-approved transliteration of The Reliance of the Traveler, which is the basic manual of Shafi’i jurisprudence (the Shafi’i is one of five extant madhabs or schools of Islamic jurisprudence, four major and one minor). And it is true that it includes an essay condemning the Salafists as simplistic and idiotic. But it’s not very clear why; it isn’t as if the Shafi’i madhab is very different. How could it be? All Sharia is derived from the same core texts. There isn’t much room to differ. It’s all very much an argument over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

    More to the point, while the Egyptians protest that their country is not Saudi Arabia, who is it funding the mosques in Europe and America? That’s right, the Saudis. It’s sort of a delicious irony that the Saudi regime is threatened by Salafist jihadis, because it was precisely the Saudi government financing the spread of Wahhabism that created the Salafist movement which is now backfiring on them. As they say, karma is a b*tch. But the fact of the matter that these Saudi-backed preachers in these Saudi-funded mosques in Europe and America do preach that non-Muslim women in west are whores. So now Stockholm is the rape capitol of Europe; Muslim men are convinced that raping non-Muslim women has Allah’s blessing.

    Which is precisely how these Muslim men in Germany treated them over the New Year.

    Steve57 (17e737)

  37. I have a comment in moderation. [Comment has been removed from moderation. – JVW] I suppose for using a word happyfeet tosses around as a casual insult when it comes to female politicians he doesn’t like. I wasn’t using the word that way. I was responding to Dana’s comment @23 that these people are taught to see women as commodities and possessions, like livestock.

    I was using that word to accurately portray the contempt Salafists have for western women. And since Saudi Wahhabism is responsible for creating the Salafist movement, and since the Saudis fund the mosques in Europe and the US to spread Wahhabism that is precisely what the preachers at those mosques tell their congregants about western women. Consequently Muslims in Europe and to a slightly lesser extent in the US have even more contempt for Western women than they are taught to have for women in general.

    Muslims say Swedish women are asking to be raped

    …Some Muslim immigrants admit their bias quite openly. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are “asking for rape.” Apparently, he’s not the only one thinking this way. “It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,” says Hamid. “The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably (blanked) before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame. It is important that she retains her virginity until she marries.” It was no coincidence that it was a Swedish girl that was gang raped in Rissne – this becomes obvious from the discussion with Ali, Hamid, Abdallah and Richard. All four have disparaging views on Swedish girls, and think this attitude is common among young men with immigrant background. “It is far too easy to get a Swedish (blank)…… girl, I mean;” says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words…

    Those four are correct; it is a common attitude among Muslim immigrants and their second-generation children precisely because, again, that is precisely what their religious leaders tell them in Saudi-funded mosques.

    I think my earlier comment should be released out of moderation because my use of the word wasn’t as a gratuitous insult but is in fact central to the story.

    Steve57 (17e737)

  38. Glad to see you Steve57. Happy belated New Year. Today is my 65th birthday but now it’s overshadowed by Hebdo.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  39. Happy birthday, Hoagie.

    JVW (d60453)

  40. The year is still new. And happy birthday to you.

    Steve57 (17e737)

  41. Thanks, JVW, for removing my earlier comment from moderation. As I said, I didn’t use the word lightly.

    It’s illuminating that Imams from Egypt to Denmark preach exactly the same thing about unveiled or western women. That they are asking to be raped. It’s a fundamental tenet of the Salafi movement, which is a creation of Saudi Wahhabism.

    Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

    …At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

    Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

    …The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled “racist” if they focused on victims’ descriptions of the majority of abusers as “Asian” men.

    Even now, these British authorities are burying the truth. Those personnel on the council staff had a very well founded fear of being labelled “racist” because they were threatened by their employers with exactly that, with all the “re-education” and career repercussions that would come with.

    And they were going to be accused of “racism” not for identifying the perps as Asian, but as Muslims. Because it isn’t as if Hindus or Sikhs or Zoroastrians were committing these crimes. And not just in Rotherham, but as we have learned since all over England.

    And these authorities, and those throughout the Western world will continue to bury the truth. There is one thing these child rapists have in common with the rapists in Stockholm and Cologne and Tahrir square all have in common. And it has nothing to do with being “Asian.”

    Steve57 (17e737)

  42. @Dana, Trump spelled out that his proposal doesn’t include Muslim-Americans who are out of country.

    The reason I lean more toward Cruz’s proposal is he…wants to only target those from countries that are under control of al Quaeda or ISIS…

    Why should the default position be to let in anyone unless we suspect they will become terrorist-Americans? Diversity is bad, we are getting worse at assimilating immigrants, and the US becomes markedly more disunited every year. Muslims don’t add anything that makes up for the loss of social cohesion.

    Our taboo against “discrimination” will turn out to be suicidal.

    scrutineer (905d41)

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