Lobbing firecrackers into the crowd gathered in the square outside Cologne’s cathedral on New Year’s Eve, a thousand-strong violent flash mob of Middle Eastern and North African Muslim men then took their celebration to the next level, breaking into smaller groups and isolating German women to rob, grope, fondle and in two cases (so far), rape them.
The 100 police officers on the scene were outnumbered 10 to one. In modern Western law enforcement protocol, it is unthinkable that the police would discharge firearms in order to protect their citizens. So the robberies and sexual violence continued as the overwhelmed police awaited reinforcements.
The German government’s immediate reaction was to deny the extent of the violence and to admonish people not to conclude the mob was made up of Muslim migrants and refugees. For days, the media cooperated. But in the age of the Internet, cell phones and social media, the government no longer has a monopoly on information.
When women came forward with the gritty details of the sexual assaults, the government looked all the worse for its deception. “They all looked at us like we were free meat at the supermarket, fair game,” one 26-year-old victim openly told the media. “They were exploring our bodies to see if the meat was still fresh.”
Similar assaults took place in other German cities. In Norway, the government is sponsoring anti-rape seminars for immigrants, attempting to teach them that because a woman is not draped in a tent does not mean she is fair game for assault.
Sweden, which has experienced a rising rate of rape coinciding with its expansive immigration and refugee policies, is now opening a rape crisis center for male victims. Many see this as also a consequence of those policies.
And as a result of the New Year’s Eve sexual violence in Cologne and other European cities, our multicultural knowledge has been enhanced with new vocabulary words, “Taharrush Gamea,” an Arab rape game in which a mob of sexual predators breaks up into posses, which then surround women and repeatedly explore every orifice of their bodies and sometimes have forcible sexual intercourse with them. In 2011, “60 Minutes” journalist Lara Logan fell victim to this heinous phenomenon. While reporting on the much-vaunted Arab Spring from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Ms. Logan was stripped and gang raped by a mob of a dozen Egyptian men.
Western societies speak glowingly of multiculturalism, confident that immigrants and refugees will integrate into the host culture while innocuously retaining colorful aspects of their own culture. The assumption that newcomers will naturally aspire to become part of the “superior” (Western) host culture is ethnocentric delusion.
The reality is far more complicated. Muslims believe their culture and their Shariah law is superior. As Council on American Islamic Relations co-founder Omar Ahmad is reported to have said, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
It should be remembered that during the Korean War not a single Turkish prisoner of war succumbed to the Chinese Communists’ brainwashing experiments. Why? Because Turks believe their culture is superior and the Chinese culture is inferior. For a people grounded in such a fundamentally, radically different culture, Western civilization’s multicultural ideal is antithetical.
That is a reality that both the immigration and refugee policies of Western Europe and the Obama administration fail to comprehend. But it is something that every American with an Internet connection can easily see streaming across his or her computer screen.
People do not leave their culture at the water’s edge. If America follows Europe’s immigration policies, it will experience the tragic consequences of Europe’s cultural conflicts. Taharrush Gamea is only one of them.
• Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati and a distinguished fellow with the Haym Salomon Center.