The following guest-essay about the crisis engendered by the Groping Jihad in Cologne was written by Klaus-Jürgen Gadamer and published at Roland Tichy’s website. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation (note: The “Dome” is the term locals in Cologne use to refer to the city’s great cathedral):
Cologne Dome — A Bombardment With Symbolic Power
From an Arab point of view, what is the symbol of the unbelievers? It is the Christian churches. Therefore, if I want to hit Christian culture in the center, I will bombard their churches.
Quite possibly the German press has yet failed to comprehend the most crucial element. Let’s therefore dare to change perspective, and look at it from the view of Arab culture.
A I write this I am in Burma. In all Burmese and Thai newspapers I can see reports detailing the events on the Cologne Dome Plaza. The dominating tone of these reports is overwhelmingly on why and how Germans could allow it to happen, that their religious symbols and their women were attacked. It is unthinkable in Southeast Asia that temples would be bombarded with fireworks and light rockets, especially by foreigners. One should change perspective here. It is war in Germany, and Germans were generously granted asylum in an Islamic country. Then during an Islamic celebration, 1,000 Germans go on a rampage, attack women, and throw fireworks at mosques. I cannot even begin to imagine the consequences.
The outrage over the completely disrespectful intrusions and criminal activities of North Africans towards women in Cologne was enormous everywhere in the German media. And of course all politically correct media call to defer to the results of the police investigations. But what, exactly, with regard to the offenders, could result in new information? According to all witness testimonies all the offenders were “southern-looking” North Africans. Nobody even spoke of Caucasian people.
So now there are two possibilities of attribution. Either the offenders were North African asylum seekers, or they were naturalized Germans with an Arab background. The latter would make it even worse, because it would mean that integration was a complete and utter failure, which is of course partly the case anyway.
But from the viewpoint of the politically correct media it is of course understandable to relativize the widespread concern of Germans, until other news overshadows this indignation, and there will be no anger boiling over against the manipulating media within the citizenry.
But quite possibly the German press, in their provincial, self-involved perception of everything, they have failed to comprehend the most crucial factor. Let’s again look at this from the perspective of Arab culture: Not wearing a hijab, a sexily dressed woman is literally offering herself as fair game. She deserves what results, and any abuse will only serve to educate her. From a Western viewpoint this may sound horrible, but: in the end the woman is simply too unimportant from an Arab point of view, for them to make a big deal out of such a disturbance. At least as long as the woman doesn’t belong to their own clan. And they don’t, because they belong to the clan of the German Kuffar. Those not covered with a head scarf, and scantily clad women are only showing the depravity of Christian-Western culture.
The Dome as the Symbol of the Kuffar
But what is in the Arab view symbolic for unbelievers? It is the Christian churches: And none more so than the Cologne Dome. If I therefore want to hit Western culture in the heart, I will bombard churches, and I will resist the police with all of my contempt. I had best spit at them, and throw fireworks at them. I already know the German police are toothless, and there’s nothing that could really happen to me.
Obviously these Arabs had enough money to acquire fireworks, alcohol and drugs. The reason for the acquisition of the not at all cheap rockets wasn’t to celebrate, together with Germans, Germany’s hospitality; no, the goal was obviously to launch rockets with extreme symbolic meaning, against the main Christian church of the city. When Arabs aim rockets specifically against the Dome and the riled-up audience, according to Die Welt, applauds every hit, there really isn’t anything to misunderstand about it. The only thing that’s left is to be glad that these young war-experienced Arabs didn’t get their hands on real rocket launchers.
The fact that in German society the church has lost all of its symbolic power, and therefore the provocation is not being understood, is the real irony of the whole story.
On the outside all the participants looked similar, and that led politically correct foreign correspondents and particularly opinion leaders in the public media to assume that all people are similar. Whereby they refuse to appreciate that the Arab and Asian tribal cultures are completely different from each other. There is a naïve notion that one only has to get to know people, and then one would learn that all people are the same and good. But people who really want to know, who live in problem areas and in neighborhoods where they move around daily — those people aren’t being asked; they do not fit the politically correct perception of the media.
The opinion leaders would much rather rouse themselves into a “welcome-hysteria” that has isolated Germany in Europe. If any problems surface that aren’t welcome in this ideology, the media will play down the issue and relativize it. In her moral imperialism, Merkel and her spear-carriers in literally all of the media trust in the power of reeducation, in the gender mainstream, and now also in Arab immigrants. In their near-boundless arrogance, all politically correct essence shall heal all essence.
[Translator’s note: He uses the sentence In grenzenloser Überheblichkeit sollen am politisch korrekten Wesen alle Wesen genesen. It rhymes.]
But in the past, many self-appointed educators of the people have failed due to their hubris and authoritarian thinking.