Saturday, January 9, 2016

Horrifying Details Of Cologne Attacks Emerge, China's Patience With N Korea Wearing Thin, Reality Of No-Fly Zone In Syria

Many of these recent attacks in Germany took place just beside the Dom Cathedral, in Cologne, where a large plaza area exists and connects to the rest of the downtown shopping district in Cologne. I have personally spent a lot of time there in the past, on business trips over several years - and having walked through that area many many times. It is not only dramatically beautiful, with a view of the Dom and the Rhine (below), but it was also (at least in my estimation) a very safe place to be even late in the evenings. It is also well lit and there was also a comforting police presence in that area. To see these sexual assaults taking place in this location is shocking. 

Horrifying details emerge of Cologne attacks

Information continues to emerge on the war zone that erupted in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve, when thousands of imports from Islamic lands threw bottles and fireworks into crowds and at the police, as well as molested, raped, attacked, robbed, knifed, spat, defecated, urinated, vomited, ranted, and raved as they turned an area of a beautiful city into a site of utter barbarism.  (Other cities in Germany experienced similar violence on New Year’s Eve, which is only now beginning to be reported.)

Dozens, and most likely hundreds of women were subjected to all manner of physical, sexual, and verbal assault.  Authorities now believe that many of the attacks were “coordinated” by men traveling in gangs of 30-40, surrounding women to make escape impossible, and then victimizing them.  Frantic women were forced to run a gauntlet through the mass of thousands of men hunting them down (as one victim described it), groping their breasts and between their legs, stripping their clothes off, spitting on them, cursing at them, and raping every available orifice.

So where were the police?
Reports on police response run the gamut, from responding to a riot while coming under direct attack to victims saying the police were of no help to police cover-ups.
Initially it appears that the police hid the truth from the public when, on New Year’s Day, they announced that the festivities from the night before had been peaceful with a “jolly atmosphere.”  But as victims came forward with reports of rape and robbery and as protesters took to the streets to register their anger at the alleged inaction by the authorities, the truth and the scope of what unfolded began to leak out.  When the police chief was asked why the police department claimed that things on New Year’s eve were calm, he said: “That was wrong.  For this we apologize.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail reports that the perpetrators taunted the police, claimed they were untouchable, and insisted that the police “be nice” to them.  At least one New Year’s Eve jihadist told the police: “I am Syrian.  I must be handled in a friendly manner.  Mrs. Merkel invited me here!”  Many tore up their temporary residency permits, threw them at the police, and announced they’d have new ones in the morning.

With bottles and fireworks being thrown at members of law enforcement, the police decided the best strategy was to disperse the crowd, noting that crowd size made it impossible to identify attackers and make arrests.

But even after the crowd was dispersed, attacks continued, and the mob ran into the railway station, where platforms were jammed with people and as railway cars arrived covered with feces, urine, vomit, and people who had collapsed, unconscious.

One German man who witnessed the chaos from his vantage point at a luxury hotel where he works stated that the violence began with a serious stabbing that left the victim in critical condition and that things escalated from there (video here).

The gentleman (who appears to be a bouncer at the hotel) described women coming up to him all evening, shivering, terrified, asking if they could just stand near him so he could look after them.  (Eventually, he was attacked as well.)  He described how perpetrators jumped on the heads of victims who were already lying on the ground as he reflected on his prior impressions of the immigration issue and “right wing propaganda” that now seemed to be corrected after his confrontation with reality.

He also discussed police ineptitude, describing how constraining attackers proved useless since there were no transports to take them to jail and there were no jail cells available since they were filled to capacity.  To make room for the next bunch of savages (my word, not his), they released those who had been rounded up earlier, who then resumed their violent behavior.  But not before spitting on police cars and screaming, “F*** the police!”

One police officer said he hadn't seen anything like it in nearly 30 years and was struck by the high number of migrants and level of disrespect toward police officers.  (Medical teams working that night confirmed that the mob comprised “asylum seekers,” and victims also corroborated that perpetrators were “migrants.”)

"Our Neighbour is a nut, a nut with a weapon."
That's how one irate Chinese social media user responded to North Korea's claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, in a location not too far from the border between the two historical allies. The comment is typical of a large swathe of recent Chinese internet postings.
The two countries are so close that this kind of comment isn't always tolerated by censors. At one time it would have been unthinkable for China to allow such open insulting criticism of Pyongyang. 
But this comment posted on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, by a user called kklpoo has remained uncensored and received more than 3000 likes. 
Relations between the two nations have been strained for some time. And in recent days, matters have reached a new low as China didn't even receive any advance warning of the test.
The hashtags "Fourth Korean Nuclear Explosion" and "Another DPRK Nuclear Test" have been trending with tens of thousands of users employing them to express their exasperation.

Such is the strength of many Chinese people's anger that in both official state media and social media, it seems to be open season for attacks on North Korea and in particular its young leader Kim Jong-un. 
What is also striking is that censors are also allowing people to make some barbed criticisms of China's own government, over the issue. 
Many users have accused officials in Beijing of being too indulgent to North Korea and demand tough action.
One cartoon posted on Weibo depicts Kim Jong-un as a character in a video game using the power of a hydrogen bomb cloud to bounce high enough to snatch golden coins. The caption reads: "What does Kim the Fat want this time?"
The sentiment behind it is a popular feeling that North Korea is very good at using its erratic behaviour to milk China for economic assistance.

Others have been more direct in taking the Chinese government to task. One Weibo user received more than 1000 likes for a post which said: "The heavenly kingdom [China] is still protecting this thug. We should be ashamed that the heavenly kingdom is still protecting this thug, we should be ashamed."

Another Weibo user, Han Zhiguo posted a map showing the proximity of the bomb test site to China. He compared the toleration of North Korea's behaviour to the breeding of a "virus" which could one day do great harm to China. 
So why do China's censors seem relatively relaxed about allowing the public to vent their feelings in this way?

Vincent Ni of the BBC Chinese Service says: "Chinese censors seem to be quite tolerant in allowing people to use social media to criticise their government for not doing more to try to tackle North Korea. This is probably because these comments reflect a debate that is going on within the Chinese leadership about how to deal with the young leader in North Korea."
Relations have been on the slide since North Korea's first nuclear bomb test under Kim Jong-un in 2013, which was followed by other incidents such as killing of Chinese citizens along the border for which North Korea was blamed.

Some of our more bellicose presidential candidates want a no-fly zone in Syria.  Some are adamant about it, and some are nonchalant—but, make no mistake, however they express it, a no-fly zone in Syria is not a tool in the war against ISIS. 

ISIS doesn't have an air force. 

A no-fly zone in Syria can only be aimed at Russia, who is flying in the area of the desired zone and the air force of the legitimate government of Syria.  Now we may say that the government of Bashar al-Assad is evil.  We may say it makes war against its own people.  We may even say Assad has to go, but his government is the only internationally recognized and, therefore, legitimate government of Syria. It is this government's representatives who serve at the UN.  It is its ambassadors who serve in the embassies around the world. 

We may not like, reality but reality is reality, nonetheless.  Russia is an ally of this reality-based legitimate government, and it has been given bases and operates in that country with the blessing of the aforesaid legitimate government.  We do not; our operations in Syria are unilateral.

Yes, the government has lost control of large portions of its territory to ISIS and other Jihadi factions; however, we do not recognize the territory seized by these terrorists as theirs.  So whose is it?  Do we recognize it as some type of no-man's land?  No, we still recognize it as part of a sovereign state.  Yet, we act as if that sovereign state does not have a government. It does. We may choose not to recognize it, but the rest of the world does.

So let's be crystal clear what our want-to-be leaders are recommending we do. They want us to declare a no-fly zone in a sovereign country and enforce it against that country's own air force and its ally.  They want us to shoot down the aircraft of Russia.  True Russian jets may not be a match for American in quantity or quality, so, in dog-fights, we would probably prevail most of the time. However, the Russians are now deploying the S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems. 
According to the National Interest, one senior U.S. Marine Corps aviator said the S-300 series is a deadly threat to everything except the most advanced stealth fighters and bombers: "A complete game changer for all fourth-gen aircraft [like the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18]. That thing is a beast and you don't want to get near it."  Only the U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber would be able to operate inside areas protected by those weapons.   
The lethal effectiveness of these weapons effectively makes most of Syria a de facto Russian no-fly zones for U.S. and allied aircraft. 
For one thing, if we declare a no-fly zone, we must be prepared to take down Russian planes.  Some of our prospective leaders proudly say they are willing to do so.  We must also be prepared for our planes to be taken out by either Russian jets or their surface-to-air missiles.  None of the candidates talk about this; however, by seeking to impose a no-fly zone, they are implicitly agreeing to this, as well.  If we start an air war with Russia, can a ground war be far behind? 

Why should we fight a war with Russia when their expressed goal is the same as ours--the destruction of ISIS? 
And if we were to get into a shooting war with Russia, China would stand back and smile, as its day in the sun draws closer. As the sun sets in the west, it rises in the east.
I do not oppose a no-fly zone in Syria because we can't enforce it.  I don't oppose it because it might bring a confrontation with Russia that would do nothing to enhance our security and much to impair it.  I oppose a no-fly zone because it is unnecessary.  If our goal is to provide safe havens for Syrians trying to flee the fighting while staying in the neighborhood, we already have two massive no-fly zones: Jordan and Turkey. 

We can provide more than adequate support for any and all refugees in both of these Muslim countries for much less than a shooting war or a mass migration, and they can provide their own air cover. 

Let's use our heads.  Don't allow people seeking votes who want to sound tough to play on our emotions like a cheap violin and convince us that it makes sense to sing an out of tune chorus of Fly Me to the Moon as they fly us into the middle of someone else's civil war—or, worse yet, World War III with a nuclear power no one has been able to beat for hundreds of years.


Mrs.C said...

What happened in Cologne Germany, didnt just happen there. As the article stated, many other cities in Germany had the same thing happen. But not ONLY Germany! At the same time, countries across Europe had this happen. It mirrors what these evil animals did this SAME thing with sex crimes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in Egypt (2011). Switzerland, Austria, Finland Sweden. From an updated/in depth article, it explains in great detail crime stats and whats going on. Fox News brought this up yesterday, as the MSM is NOT reporting this stuff.
From the article:
"It is not just Germany. Other European countries with large numbers of male migrants also endured a spate of New Year sex attacks."

"A letter also sent last year by prominent women’s groups to the Integration Minister in the state of Hesse, central Germany, where a huge camp housing 6,000 migrants has been set up in the town of Giessen, described a culture of rape and violence."
‘Women and children are unprotected here. This situation is opportune to those men who already regard women as their inferiors and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”. There are numerous rapes, sexual assaults and forced prostitution.’
The worry is that same rape culture has now spilt out onto Germany’s streets"

"Why Germany can't face the truth about migrant sex attacks: SUE REID finds a nation in denial as a wave of horrific attacks is reported across Europe"

Dutch Treat said...

Scott, 15 years ago my dad and I went back to Holland and one day took the train from Amsterdam to Cologne; and spent the whole afternoon there. We walked through the Cathedral and plaza and took a boat trip on the Rhine. It saddens me to see what it has become; but then as prophecy watchers we shouln't be shocked since Jesus warned us that these things would happen. It makes us look forward to the day when we'll be cruising on the River of Life!

Scott said...

Yea, of all the places ive traveled, Cologne is one of my favorites, for a lot of reasons. Ive taken that same train and the countryside is amazing on that trip. Its so sad that they have lost that

Sarah Edwards said...

Thank you Scott for your faithfulness to the LORD. You're always writing for HIM, holidays, weekends, you're writing. Thank you.

Scott said...

Sarah - thanks so much :)
God bless sister