Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Winter of Europe's Discontent

Usually it takes a little time before the curse of being Time Magazine Person of the Year takes hold. Amazingly, Angela Merkel’s downfall began on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Then the demons she had unleashed by her open-hearted welcoming of refugees rose up to attack young German women who were out for the evening to celebrate the New Year.

Merkel believed that she was being kind-hearted and welcoming. She even adopted a variant on the Obama administration policy of “Yes, we can.” Now she looks to go down in history as the Chancellor who destroyed Germany.

Apparently, Merkel and her supporters believed that welcoming Muslim refugees was their Christian duty. They were willing to turn the other cheek to the predations of the young males they allowed to molest their daughters, but now they seem to have run out of cheeks.

One notes that Merkel is a conservative politician. The more liberal and social elements in Germany have been cheering her on, but the policy is hers.

Now, the situation is so bad that the highly sober Economist is beginning to be alarmed. It is beginning to see that Europe’s future is anything but bright. Because, the continent has just woken up to the fact that what happened in Cologne has been happening in other European countries, especially in those that are run by left-leaning and feminist politicians.

It writes:

The new-year horrors of Cologne, when hundreds of women were sexually assaulted by marauding groups of men, many of them Muslim asylum-seekers, focused minds on cultural differences. But bringing refugees into the workforce, the main engine of integration, represents at least as big a challenge. The assumption that Germany’s tight labour market was tailor-made for job-hungry migrants has given way to the grim realisation that most are an ill fit for an economy mainly seeking highly skilled workers. The head of one business group reckons almost 80% of refugees have next to no skills at all.

The Economist nicely calls it a challenge, but the more important point is that these migrants are anything but “job-hungry.” Having “next to no skills at all,” being dysfunctional and ineffectual males, they cover up their inadequacy by preying on German women. With no skills they seem to have only one way to proclaim their machismo. The word manhood would be a distortion.

Evidently, Merkel did not consider the consequences of her actions. And she might still not have considered them fully. She was occupying the moral high ground and must have been surprised to see the fallout from her policy.

Her legacy is collapsing:

Such schemes show how far Germany has travelled since its “welcome culture” lifted European liberals’ hearts last summer. Back then Mrs Merkel’s model presented an inspiring alternative to the small-minded xenophobia of leaders like Hungary’s Viktor Orban. Now, after the chaos and trauma of the past six months, Mr Orban feels vindicated and the chancellor looks increasingly isolated. Germany has tried to lead in Europe, but others will not follow. To Mrs Merkel’s immense frustration, other EU countries agree to policies like relocation and then ignore them. While German officials try to knit together the geopolitics of the crisis, from Iraq to Turkey and Russia, most other countries would prefer it simply to go away. As for the European Commission, which sometimes looks like the chancellor’s last ally, it has gamely advanced common policies but is too weak to enforce them. “The European dream is vanishing,” sighs one of its senior officials.

As it happens, the woman-friendly policies of places like Germany, Sweden and Denmark have deprived women of their basic liberties. Anyone who disagrees is denounced as racist and told to shut up. Now, in Cologne, with Carnival approaching, authorities have set up safe zones where young women might feel safe from depraved Muslim refugees.

The Telegraph has the story:

Authorities in the German city of Cologne are to set up a “safe zone” for women during the annual carnival which begins next week, to avoid a repeat of the New Year sex attacks on women.

The move comes after it emerged two asylum-seekers from Algeria are being held as suspects in the sex assaults.

The Cologne carnival is one of the largest street festivals in Europe, and attracts more than 1m people to its main parade each year.

There are concerns the large crowds could leave women vulnerable to the sort of attacks seen on New Year’s Eve, when police were havily outnumbered.

The authorities plan to provide extra street lighting and set up a “safe zone” for women in the city centre, staffed with social workers.

A safe zone staffed by social workers—what could be more festive; what could make women feel safer on the streets.

Amazingly, in what must be some kind of a joke, Germany was just named the best country in the world. Some people, dare we say, have no sense of reality.

Now Europeans have also discovered the risks of allowing asylum seekers, as they are called, share swimming pools with Europeans. The only way to protect women in the best country in the world is to ban Muslim men from public swimming pools.

Powerline reports:

The German town of Bornheim, 19 miles south of Cologne, temporarily banned male asylum seekers from its pool this month after receiving complaints of sexual harassment.

Last week, the historic baths Johannisbad baths in Zwickau, Saxony banned all migrants after male asylum seekers had been caught masturbating in a hot tub and sexually assaulting women.

The news from Sweden is no different:

Eriksdalsbadet, which is the biggest aquatics centre in Stockholm, has previously reported a spike in sexual assaults – mainly incidents involving boys and young men groping women. As a result, Stockholm police will now have uniformed police regularly patrolling the swimming centre, and the pool’s hot tubs are now segregated by sex.

And from Belgium:

It comes as a Belgian mayor announced that he would propose banning male refugees from a swimming pool for a month on Monday after complaints from female bathers.

Denmark, for example, is beginning to try to crack down on refugees, but recently a Danish girl who defended herself with pepper spray was fined for using an illegal weapon:

The teenager told police that she was attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm by a dark-skinned English-speaking man. She said the man knocked her to the ground and then unbuttoned her pants and attempted to undress her. 

The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble. 

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd. 

The case has sparked a backlash among some Danes who point to increasing reports of sexual harassment in Sønderborg and other Danish cities at the same time that police say they are stretched too thin to properly carry out their duties

Numerous readers wrote in the comments section on TV Syd’s story about the incident that they would be willing to pay the girl’s fine, which will most likely be 500 kroner. 

In Denmark the right to self-defense has been trumped by the right to molest Danish women.  Or, should we say, cultural diversity. The incident was not atypical:

Sexual assaults have been in the news in Sønderborg recently after several women in the town reported earlier this month that they sometimes feel harassed by the aggressive behaviour of some male asylum seekers and refugees at the local asylum centre. 

The Danish paper also notes that the local police have been covering up the number of rapes:

Denmark recorded an average of 395 rape cases every year up to 2014. But an investigation by the Ministry of Justice has revealed the actual number to be closer to 1,100 annually, Metroxpress reported on Thursday.

The majority of the ‘missing’ reports were hidden in police statistics by giving them investigation numbers that did not classify them as rape cases. A number of police departments confirmed to Metroxpress that this was standard practice in cases where there was doubt as to whether a rape had actually occurred.

Recently, Denmark decided that it needed to get a bit tough on asylum seekers. It passed a law that allowed officials to confiscate the jewelry and other valuables of asylum seekers. Naturally, defenders of human rights were in an uproar about these racist policies. One notes with chagrin that these defenders of human rights do not care about the victims of the sexual predators who are flooding these countries.

In Sweden, the central train station of Stockholm has been taken over by marauding bands of Moroccan youths who prey on Swedish women. Keep in mind that Sweden is a feminist paradise where men take parental leave and where boys are taught that they must pee sitting down.

Swedish police warns that Stockholm's main train station has become unsafe after being ‘taken over’ by dozens of Moroccan street children. 

The all-male migrant teen gangs are spreading terror in the centre of the Swedish capital, stealing, groping girls and assaulting security guards, according to Stockholm police.

Members of the gangs, some as young as nine, roam central Stockholm day and night, refusing help provided by the Swedish authorities. 

'These guys are a huge problem for us. They steal stuff everywhere and assault security guards at the central station,' one police officer told SVT.

'They grope girls between their legs, and slap them in the face when they protest. All police officers are aware of this. 

'I would never let my children go to the central station. No officer would.' 

Apparently, Sweden, like Denmark is beginning to come to its senses. The Daily Mail reports this morning:

Sweden intends to kick out up to 80,000 migrants who arrived last year and have had their asylum application rejected, the country announced yesterday.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said the Swedish government had asked the police and authorities in charge of migrants to organise their removal.

The proposed measure was revealed as Europe struggles to deal with a crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants arrive on Greek beaches, mostly fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Is this too little, too late? One suspects that it is. It is not at all easy to expel that many people, especially when no one will take them. By all indications this is not going to end well.


Ares Olympus said...

Cultural integration does seem to be a complicated and delicate subject. It almost seems intractible.

My city of Minneapolis has a large Somali population, perhaps in part encouraged by our Congressman, Keith Elison who is a local born Muslim (and was sworn in under the Koran), although they came before he was elected.

And two years ago there was some political chaos for the Democrats as a 70 year old white lady, Phyllis Kahn, Minnesota House member was challenged by an up and coming Somali leader, Mohamud Noor, and the Somali tried to power their way into liberal white political organizations with a little too much vigor, and it actually lead to physical confrontations and the meeting had to be broken up.

Later on the little white lady House member challenged that Somalis were cheating, wrongly registering to vote from a single address where they did not actually live, apparently trying to pack the district with Somali voters to take the seat. But in the end, the white vote won out, and Kahn was reeelected despite the near revolution.

Maybe in the caucuses coming up on March 1 will repeat that chaos from two years ago, and the Somalis will get their tribal concentration high enough to elect ONE Somali representative to the Minnesota House, and history will have been changed in that moment. That's not to say Kahn hasn't been interested in the needs of her Somali residents, but for her it wasn't personal.

European democracies would seem to be soon challenged politically as well, and everyone should consider this a good thing since the opposite of getting challenge politically is to be challenged by cultural undercurrents that consider themselves under the imagined boots of a hostile majority who isn't interested in sharing any seats of power. Fear works both ways - by the old majority and the new minority.

When I went to my first caucus I thought it seemed overly structured and confusing, almost designed to prevent people from communicating, especially when issues seemed trvial and agreeable, but as soon as conflict arose, it became obvious - 100 people can't work together at all unless there are rules of engagement, Roberts rules specifically, and chairs had the delicate problem of maintaining the rules, while teaching them at the same time, to people who aren't used to parlimentarian procedures.

It was only years later, going to toastmasters that I got a real sense of the power of ritualized order, and didn't see it as mostly oppressive. I imagine Minnesotans Somali's find the same predicament, yet some of them will learn the rules, and rise up, and someday hold seats of local power.

It's pretty cool, and scary, and sad to realize 90-99% of people, even life long voters, have no idea what all of rules are about that allow democracy to work. But at least once every 2 years, Minnesotans have a chance to learn there's something to democracy and leadership, that power exists beyond secret ballots and power brokers pulling strings, IF you know the rules, work together and show up.

Like Churchill said "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

A-Bax said...

HBD is beyond the pale for many people, and even those who are open to it in the abstract find it icky when dealing with instances of "the rubber meets the road" so to speak, as it what's happening in Europe (and the USA, to a lesser extent.)

Arabs, Turks, and Persians are alien peoples. The differences between them and Anglo-Germanic-Celtic NW Europeans are not just cultural. There are deep, ingrained cognitive/temperamental differences between these populations, which have a biological basis, and cannot be wished away.

In small numbers, and cut off from their kin, many aliens can more or less assimilate to the host culture, but only IF that host culture is confident and demands that its newcomers assimilate. The West is no longer confident, and no longer makes any demands on newcomers - even the very basic one of learning the host language and following the hosts laws.

In large numbers, with recurrent contact with distant-kin, and in host culture which is lacks the will to assert itself, assimilation will not happen. The immigrations/asylees should be more properly thought of as settlers, if not outright invaders. The Arabs, et al. are not moving TO Europe - they are bringing Arabia, et al. to the geographical place where Europe was forged.

Though races and ethnicities are not platonic ideals, given the amount of time it takes for selective pressure to work its effects on given populations, the end-result is that some populations are so distant from one another genetically/culturally that they simply do not mix well in large numbers. Muslim peoples - be they Arab, Turk, or Persian (forget about the Indonesians for a moment, Islam is still a veneer there), are particularly un-mixable, be it to Anglo_Germanic, Chinese, Latin hosts, etc. (Africans appear to be an exception, but once further south than the Sahel, Islam loses its hold on the natives, as there is very little admixture between the two groups.)

In short, and unfortunately, where there are Syrians, there is Syria. Where there are Turks, there is Turkey, where there are Somalians, there is Somalia. Etc. Most Europeans don't want to live in Syria, Turkey, or Somalian. But their clueless and/or treasonous leaders are foisting those backwards, ill-tempered peoples upon them.

This will certainly not end well.

Marsh said...

Where is the pushback?

This is just horrifying to watch.

I know it takes Anglican Saxons a little longer to get angry, but come on!

Why aren't men forming militias and taking care of businesses?

AesopFan said...

Marsh said...
Where is the pushback?

This is just horrifying to watch.

I know it takes Anglican Saxons a little longer to get angry, but come on!

Why aren't men forming militias and taking care of businesses?
January 28, 2016 at 4:07 PM
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Some aren't; some are.

"In my correspondence regarding the events in Cologne, an editor of a Russian newspaper asked me a natural, but discouraging question.

“Where were the German men?” he enquired of me, perplexed.

Indeed, for us who grew up in Soviet Russia, it would be inconceivable that some drunk young people could publicly mock and harass girls on New Year’s Eve in the very center of Moscow or Saint Petersburg. If they dared to do this, they wouldn’t survive until the morning; they would become “martyrs” and would have their way with 72 virgins in a completely different realm.

Ethical codes, embedded in us on a genetic level, would demand that we intervene on behalf of the women. Especially in a situation where normal adult men were more numerous than the rapists, and the rapists themselves were not terrorists, cyborgs or aliens, but mere street punks.

But as it turned out in Germany, Sweden, Austria – these codes were fatally violated. A great number of strong, healthy men, having heard the girls screaming and crying, and having seen the crimes being committed, didn’t do anything to save the victims. In rare cases, the girls were defended by migrants from Eastern Europe or Third World countries."

AesopFan said...

" A-Bax said...... The Arabs, et al. are not moving TO Europe - they are bringing Arabia, et al. to the geographical place where Europe was forged.


In short, and unfortunately, where there are Syrians, there is Syria. Where there are Turks, there is Turkey, where there are Somalians, there is Somalia. Etc. Most Europeans don't want to live in Syria, Turkey, or Somalian. But their clueless and/or treasonous leaders are foisting those backwards, ill-tempered peoples upon them.

This will certainly not end well.

January 28, 2016 at 11:10 AM"
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Apparently most Syrians don't want to live in Syria, Turks in Turkey, or Somalis in Somalia - but they want to live in the same type of society over here, without recognizing that it is their societal norms that destroyed their own countries.
(Same applies to immigrants to US from South American countries.)

Some tips for immigrants:

"Greetings, and welcome to the West! We’re thrilled that you chose us over all the other options out there, although it kind of makes sense because everywhere else is mostly gruesome, so everyone keeps coming here.

It shouldn’t take long before you realize you made the right choice. We have so much to offer! How do we know? Because everyone’s emigrating here and not to Laos or Burkina Faso.

We’re betting the West is quite different from the place whence you came—otherwise you’d have stayed put. We assume you want to stay, so to make your assimilation as seamless as possible, we’ve endeavored to answer some common questions.
Most of us in the West—actually, all of us—are incapable of picturing a scenario where strangling a daughter is an actual option. This bears repeating: Countries that turn a blind eye to filicide seem to be the very same countries people don’t want to live in. Coincidence? Who knows, but no.

Perhaps this little rhyme can help: To live here in the West, God willing, just say no to honor killing.

A-Bax said...

Marsh: Where is the pushback?...Why aren't men forming militias and taking care of businesses?”

Couple of thoughts on this, in no particular order. First is the noxious influence of feminism, that our host has rightly diagnosed as one of the fundamental ills ailing the West. Feminism not only discourages, but actively punishes what used to be thought of as healthy expressions of masculinity (courtesy towards ladies, and protection of females.) For men taught since birth that women don’t need them, and that is sexist to say, hold the door for a women, there will be that moment’s hesitation before acting to intervene in a dicey situation. Sometimes that moment is all it takes for the mob to overwhelm.

Second, is what’s called anarcho-tyranny: the idea that the police are both too powerful and too weak, depending on the class their dealing with. Towards the law-abiding they’re tyrannical, towards the thuggish miscreant, they’re non-existent. Derbyshire had a great piece on this recently:

When dealing with an anarcho-tyrannical regime, as Europe has become and the US is sliding towards, helping the obvious victim can often get one into trouble with the law. Examples abound, homeowners being prosecuted for defending themselves against burglars, etc. This leads to a climate where people are reluctant to intervene.

All that being said though, I think the men of Germany and the greater West can only be pushed so far. German men aren’t that far removed from their grandfather and great-grandfathers who, while in service of a vile ideology, nevertheless showed fearlessness and a ruthless resolve in martial matters. Should the German fighting spirit awaken, the Arabs better watch the f*ck out – they will be nothing if not efficient in their retribution. With Carnival (fat Tuesday) coming up, it will be interesting to see if there is an attempted reprise of the molest-a-thon by foreigners, and if so what is the response (both by the State/Police and by the folk-on-the-ground.)

AesopFan: “but they want to live in the same type of society over here, without recognizing that it is their societal norms that destroyed their own countries”

Just so. And I think the kind of thing you’re offering as a salve/solution (educate them in the mores of the West, demand that they comply) can be effective if the foreigners come in small numbers and are mostly cutoff from their homeland. But when they come in huge influxes, they inevitably recreate – intentionally or not – the very societies they found so intolerable in the first place.

When Europeans settled faraway lands in large numbers, they recreated their own culture/civilization. The US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are all recognizably part of the Anglosphere. Similarly, if Islam-ites (Arabs, Turks, Persians) settle somewhere in large numbers, a recreation of Islamic civilization will be attempted – perhaps not even as a conscious explicit effort, but just as a matter of course because that is how they understand life to be, and that is how they will want their society (officially recognized or not) to be structured.

Andrew McCarthy of NRO tirelessly reminds us that Islam is not merely a religion, but a full-blown vision of civilization that has its own legal code. It reaches into every aspect of life and pronounces judgements on all matters, from food preparation to banking to how men and women should conduct themselves both in public and private. You name it, Islam has an official policy on it.

Thus Muslims, in large numbers, can never really integrate into the West. Either they will slowly stop being so Muslim, or the West will slowly stop being so Western. (Or some quick change in a big conflagration that leaves neither side the same.)

The attacks on German women as just the beginning.

Marsh said...

Good points, A-bax. Apparently, 40% of Germans want Merkel to resign, so that does look like some push back is beginning. I'm praying for the German people. They need to get very angry, very quickly.