CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 7, 2016 — Americans don’t know much about the events currently taking place in Europe. This may be because Americans are frequently insulated from the rest of the world by their media, by America’s global importance and by political correctness. But Western Europe is in chaos, and Americans know little about it.
Liberals continue to see an idealized, peaceful version of Islam and rail against something they call “Islamophobia.” But central Europe is paying a heavy price for its compassion for Syrian refugees.
It is one thing for the press to write about events taking place in Germany, Belgium, Norway and Sweden, and quite another when email messages from family members arrive with their own eyewitness accounts.
Take this email from a native German relative now living near Brussels: “What was/is Merkel thinking? And the rest of liberal Germany is not any better. This is what we will have to deal with … And Cologne wasn’t the only city, this also happened in Stuttgart and Hamburg. However If you dare to speak negatively of the refugees, you are automatically classified as a Nazi.”
The situation has become so bad in Belgium that the email’s author and her family no longer go into Brussels for fear of their lives.
Multicultural Europe took a hit on New Year’s Eve. There has been limited coverage in the U.S., where media are more concerned with President Obama’s tears than with legitimate fears of Middle Eastern and North African refugees that are playing out across Europe.
In Brussels, near the Clemenceau metro station, teenagers lit a gas bomb under a Christmas tree on New Year’s as they yelled “Allahu Akbar.” There was an explosion and the tree was engulfed in flames.
Residents took to social media to express outrage, writing things such as, “Today they will set fire to a Christmas tree, tomorrow they will behead a Christian.”
Another texter wrote, “Brussels is no longer a free city. Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to travel abroad may realize that the situation in Brussels is neither normal nor tenable in the long-term.”
Meanwhile, Cologne morphed into a war-zone as German women were abused, assaulted and raped in a rampage involving and estimated mob of 1,000 immigrants.
Cologne was not alone. There were also serious incidents in Hamburg and Stuttgart.
In addition to the sexual attacks, there were reports of numerous fights at railway stations where police were virtually helpless to respond.
One eyewitness said, “There were thousands of men. Simply firing into the crowd, and as my girlfriend and I wanted to get us to safety, but they blocked our way. We were so scared! We fled from the station.”
As of Monday, 80 victims of gangs had been identified by law enforcement with nearly half of them subjects of sexual assaults. One woman is reported to have had her tights and underwear totally ripped from her body.
“This is a completely new dimension of violence,” said a member of the police union. “This is something we have not known.”
In Oslo, Norway, similar violence was reported in the Grønland district. Grønland is only two subway stops from Parliament and one stop from the main rail station.
An article in the largest newspaper in the Oslo area, which is traditionally liberal and pro-Islam, described the situation as looking “like Karachi, Basra, and Mogadishu all rolled into one. People sell drugs openly just next to the Grønland subway station. It’s not Norway anymore. The police have largely given up. Grønland is more Muslim than Morocco.”
Such violence has been going on in Grønland for the past decade, but never to the extent it has reached now. Oslo police have all but thrown up their hands in frustration and despair. “We have lost the city,” one officer said.
Across the continent of Europe, different countries are sending up warning flares: It is only a matter of time until the onslaught reaches American shores.
Obama can fantasize all he wants about “no credible threats” and “being secure,” but now he has resorted to “compassion of convenience.”
While the president, who is perpetually surrounded by a sea of armed security, speaks of gun control, Europe is sending a preview of coming attractions to America.
Or is it just “Islamophobia”?
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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