Since New Year’s Eve, 516 criminal sexual assault complaints have been filed in Germany. The complaints are against men of mostly North African or Arab origin who, on New Year’s Eve, went on a sexual-assault rampage in the city of Cologne as well as in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin. Should this come as a warning to the West and especially to women? As the WSJ’s Bret Stephens reports, anyone with even minimal acquaintance with Mideast mores, is not surprised. “The World Economic Forum publishes a Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks the status of women in 142 countries. Bottom of the list: Yemen, Pakistan, Chad, Syria, Mali and Iran, all Muslim-majority countries.”
Liberals often claim, continues Mr. Stephens, that “Western cultures are no better than non-Western cultures in respecting human rights, or by demanding radical liberalism inside the West while supinely accepting violent anti-liberalism outside it.”
But the events in Cologne make a nonsense of this. What was outside the West is now inside. In the spirit of Christian charity, Angela Merkel and other European leaders have imported a culture of Muslim misogyny. In the name of humanity, the benefactors are asked to close their eyes to the brutishness of so many of their beneficiaries.
Put bluntly, there is a pronounced tendency among Middle Eastern men to view women either as chattel or as whores. This is not a pleasant reality to acknowledge, but it’s an even more dangerous thing to ignore. So why is it ignored?
Multiculturalism is a liberal fetish that is also the antithesis of liberalism, classical or modern—a simultaneous belief in individual autonomy and cultural equality, irrespective of whether different cultures believe in individual rights or not.
Read more here from Mr. Stephens, who has what he calls a “modest proposal” on immigration that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Merkel might want to consider.