In a way, it’s the ultimate ‘benign’ state censorship – suppressing a story from the public lest its release have repercussions that lead to further problems with a problematic situation. It’s not as though this is anything new; the 30-year secrecy rule in this country means there are many things we only learn of long after those involved are dead and gone. However, these usually relate to political machinations and merely confirm what had long been suspected albeit without evidence to back up the suspicions. Minutes of clandestine Cabinet meetings in which Michael Heseltine disagreed with Mrs T or confirmation there was collusion between Special Branch and Unionist politicians in Northern Ireland aren’t exactly earth-shattering revelations; besides, they are already history.
What was belatedly revealed by Swedish authorities this week, that almost 40 separate allegations of sexual assault – including rape – had been reported at a Stockholm music festival in both 2014 and 2015, seemed an especially unedifying example of a police cover-up at the highest level due to the fact that the newly-released reports referred to the perpetrators of these crimes as ‘so-called refugee youths, specifically from Afghanistan’.
Sweden is a country that has experienced a high level of immigration from the Middle East in recent years, and harmonious integration is often a sensitive, delicate process when several far-right political groups are waiting for any immigrant to make a wrong step so they can be held up as a stereotypical primitive barbarian. That could be one possible reason as to why these reports haven’t been made public until now. Alas, the appalling, seemingly organised assaults that took place in Cologne over the New Year have forced the hand of the Stockholm Police, and this particular experiment in benign state censorship has backfired badly.
Events in Cologne, in which it is alleged gangs of young male immigrants emanating from North Africa and the Middle East apparently coordinated an operation with military-like precision to target hundreds of young German women enjoying the New Year festivities, have brought the wisdom of Angela Merkel’s ‘open door’ immigration policy into question. It is often customary for married men to traverse the refugee route alone, summoning their families to their new homeland only when they have secured employment and accommodation; but the sheer scale of those fleeing the likes of Syria is so high that this custom has been in danger of creating a scenario wherein the man/woman ratio is disproportionate; add unemployment and too many young men with too much time on their hands to the mix and the recipe is potentially combustible.
Various theories for the behaviour of testosterone-fuelled young male immigrants let loose on sexually-liberated Western Europe have been suggested, with one being the culture they have been raised in relegating women to subservient, second-class citizens is to blame. Confronted by scantily-clad native women for the first time, the tendency is to react as though they’ve just entered a 24-hour brothel in which the dress sense of young girls has been designed solely to titillate the libidos of men more familiar with female flesh being wrapped in swathes of impenetrable armour. Were that true, how does it explain the motivation of native young men who have committed similar sexual assaults when they have been raised in a culture that has none of the restrictions placed upon the sartorial uniform of women that is commonplace in hardline Islamic states?
The notion that any nation south of the Mediterranean Sea is utterly isolated from western influence is to deny the power of satellite television and cultural colonialism, whether Coco-Cola or Hip-Hop; the latter, of course, is renowned for its positive, liberal view of the female sex, and it is feasible that three decades of an international conversation about bitches and hoes has gradually penetrated the thought processes of young men the world over.
Again, however, hordes of horny, drunken young men whose conditions can easily spark into gang-rape should the opportunity present itself didn’t exactly arrive as a social problem when NWA released their first album. For example, the inspiration for a notorious scene in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was inspired by the memory of Anthony Burgess’s wife being raped by a bunch of drunken GIs during the Second World War.
Despite what the Feminazi manifesto would have us believe, not all men are rapists, just some; equally, not all immigrants are rapists, just some. The occasional pissing contest groups of young men indulge in when the alcohol has sent the blood rushing to their dicks is something as old as civilised society; they can let off steam by fighting each other, damaging property or certifying their masculinity by taking any stray devotchka who happens to wander unknowingly into their orbit. If, as Swedish politician Paula Bieler has suggested, young male immigrants require education as to what constitute western social values, this implies the problem is solely due to cultural differences, which – as history has taught us – it isn’t.
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