Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rape Culture in Austria

Cheryl Benard does not work for the Gatestone Institute. She has long worked on refugee issues, especially on refugee resettlement. Thus, her observations of the rape culture that Afghan refugees have brought to Austria deserve close attention, even from those who happily ignore facts when they do not like the source.

Benard opens her long essay with a picture of the wild optimism that Europeans showed when greeting the Muslim refugees that the continent, under the aegis of German Chancellor Merkel, chose to admit.

But then, the do-gooders were blindsided when these refugees, especially those from Afghanistan, became serial rapists:

But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up—no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.

So, what was wrong with these Afghan men?

But it quickly became obvious that something was wrong, very wrong, with these young Afghan men: they were committing sex crimes to a much greater extent than other refugees, even those from countries that were equally or more backward, just as Islamic and conservative, and arguably just as misogynist.

Austrian cities have reacted by stopping all refugee admissions. Benard explains:

A few weeks ago, the Austrian city of Tulln declared a full stop to any further refugee admissions. As the mayor made clear, that decision was aimed at Afghans, but for legal and administrative reasons it could only be promulgated in a global way. That had not been the city’s intention—to the contrary, it had just completed the construction of an expensive, brand-new facility for incoming asylum seekers, which would now, the mayor declared, be given over to another purpose. His exact words: “We’ve had it.” The tipping point, after a series of disturbing incidents all emanating from Afghans, was the brutal gang rape of a fifteen-year-old girl, snatched from the street on her way home, dragged away and serially abused by Afghan refugees.

And that was just one in a string of outrage-inducing occurrences, all of them going to the account of Afghans.

How bad is it? Consider this:

A while before, in Vienna, a young female Turkish exchange student had been pursued into a public restroom by three Afghan refugees. They jammed the door shut and proceeded to savagely attack her. Grabbing her by the neck, they struck her head repeatedly against a porcelain toilet bowl to knock her out. When that failed to break her desperate resistance, they took turns holding her down and raping her. The young woman required a hospital stay, after which—too traumatized to resume her studies—she fled home to Turkey, where she continues to be depressed and miserable, unable to process what happened and unable, in a conservative Muslim society, to talk about her experience to anybody except one best friend and confidante.

Naturally, Western media and governments tried to cover up the rapes. They followed politically correct rules and refused to identify the religion or ethnicity of rapists. At times, they dismissed the stories out of hand:

It took a while for the pattern to be recognized because, until recently, western European media deliberately refrained from identifying an assailant’s refugee or asylum status, or his country of origin. Only when the correlation became so dramatic that it was itself newsworthy did this policy change. At that point, it became clear that the authorities had known about, and for political reasons had deliberately covered up, large-scale incidences of sexual assault by migrants. For example, a gang of fifty Afghans who terrorized women in the neighborhood of the Linz train station had been brushed off by a government official with the remark that this was an unfortunate consequence of bad weather, and that once summer came the young men would disperse into the public parks and no longer move in such a large, menacing pack. The public was not amused.

Benard reports on the stories that are now being reported by a leading Austrian newspaper:

This from Ã–sterreich, the daily newspaper distributed for free on public transit and thus read, basically, by almost everyone. Front page: Afghan (eighteen) attacks young woman at Danube Festival. “Once again there has been an attempted rape by an Afghan. A twenty-one-year-old Slovak tourist was mobbed and groped by a group of men. She managed to get away, but was pursued by one of them, an Afghan asylum seeker who caught her and dragged her into the bushes. Nearby plainclothes policemen noticed the struggle and intervened to prevent the rape at the last moment.” Page ten: “A twenty-five-year-old Afghan attempted to rape a young woman who was sitting in the sun in the park. Four courageous passersby dragged the man off the victim and held him until the police arrived.” Page twelve: “Two Afghans have been sentenced for attempting to rape a woman on a train in Graz. The men, who live in an asylum seekers’ residence, first insulted the young woman with obscene verbal remarks before attacking her. When she screamed for help, passengers from other parts of the train rushed to her aid.”

Why is this happening? And, why are the Afghans leading the pack in rapes. For my part I find the following explanation compelling, especially because I offered it myself a while ago. The refugees do not consider themselves to be charity cases. They define themselves as an invading army, entitled by their victory to the spoils of war—raping women. The more they are allowed to do so the more they see European men as weak and as losers.

This brings us to a third, more compelling and quite disturbing theory—the one that my Afghan friend, the court translator, puts forward. On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, he believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports. Their laws don’t matter, their culture is uninteresting and, ultimately, their civilization is going to fall anyway to the horde of which one is the spearhead. No need to assimilate, or work hard, or try to build a decent life here for yourself—these Europeans are too soft to seriously punish you for a transgression, and their days are numbered.

Benard also suggests another interesting point. These Afghan youths have undergone an education that was imposed on them by the American military and American diplomats. They grew up after the Afghan War started and have been indoctrinated in Western attitudes that involve equal rights, especially equal rights for women. How this leads them to suspend their moral sense and to become serial rapists, I have no idea.

Benard closes by casting aspersions at the international Left. After all, the leading opponents of rape culture on college campuses have largely turned a blind eye to the rape culture imposed by Muslim refugees:

Finally, the Left has to do a bit of hard thinking. It’s fine to be warm, fuzzy and sentimental about strangers arriving on your shores, but let’s also spare some warm, fuzzy and sentimental thoughts for our own values, freedoms and lifestyle. Girls and women should continue to feel safe in public spaces, be able to attend festivals, wear clothing appropriate to the weather and their own liking, travel on trains, go to the park, walk their dogs and live their lives. This is a wonderful Western achievement, and one that is worth defending.

[Addendum: See also David French's article in National Review.]


Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Behold, the savage. The savage invader, brought to you by the compassionate, enlightened person who is insulated from the impact.

If savages don't want to assimilate, then what is the endgame? Sounds like a lot of emotional nonsense with a a core strategy based on hope. Hope is not a strategy. If you want something more for someone than want it for themselves, it's a long, thankless slog. What if they don't want it at all? What if they are simply contemptuous of Western civilization?

Can you imagine what it must be like to be a girl in Afghanistan? My goodness. Or, if Benard's third theory is correct, it may be just fine being a girl in Afghanistan, and that these attacks are willfully imported (considering abundant anecdotal and statistical evidence) and reserved for those with "white privilege."

True terrorism. Brought to you by your government. You know, the people in D.C. who look down on you. Remind me... how many refugees have been settled in the D.C. area?

Anonymous said...

Excellent expose and analysis from this main article, Stuart.

Then you had to go and ruin it with the citation to David French, the ultimate #NeverTrumper!

n.n said...

Indoctrination effects a temporary overlay that suppresses and amplifies native patterns.

equally or more backward, just as Islamic and conservative, and arguably just as misogynist

They could be liberal (i.e. divergent), or progressive (i.e. unqualified monotonic change), or, worst case, progressive liberal (i.e. monotonically divergent). They could also be conservative. Principles (e.g. moral philosophy) matter.

n.n said...

It seems that forcing refugee crises to create an illusion of "clean" wars has sustainable and renewable consequences including progressive collateral damage.

Hamsta said...

Everyone conveniently forgets the overarching achievement of western civilization. Not all the architecture, technology, laws, public service, arts etc. etc. - but mass murder on an industrial scale. If the kid gloves ever come off, you had better hope you are not brown.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Anyone else noted how significant terror incidents have quieted down now that the holy month of Ramadan is over?