Saturday, August 15, 2009


Remember my post from a couple of weeks ago about two laudatory The New York Times reviews of books claiming that Europe is being overrun by an unassimilable Muslim horde? (After my post, there was yet another review of one of the books under discussion, also laudatory, on the cover of the Times Book Review.)

Well, funny that none of those reviews mentioned this, which comes up in the Times today:

This year's annual report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, showed that far-right crime rose last year by 16 percent across the country. Most of these offenses were classified as propaganda crimes -- painting swastikas on Jewish headstones or smashing the windows of restaurants run by immigrants -- but politically motivated violent acts like murder, arson and assault accounted for 1,042 of the nearly 20,000 crimes recorded, a rise of 6.3 percent over 2007.

...the far right is on the rise across the Continent, and xenophobia is gaining in this country, not least among youth and not least singling out Muslims. A recent two-year government survey of 20,000 German teenagers classified one in seven as "highly xenophobic" and another 26.2 percent as "fairly xenophobic."

"It was known that the figures were high," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said. "But I’m appalled that they're this high."

Michael Kimmelman of the Times is writing about this because of an ugly incident in Dresden recently:

... on July 1 ... Marwa al-Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian pharmacist ... was stabbed 18 times in a Dresden courtroom, in front of her 3-year-old son, judges and other witnesses, reportedly by the man appealing a fine for having insulted Ms. Sherbini in a park. Identified by German authorities only as a 28-year-old Russian-born German named Alex W., he had called Ms. Sherbini an Islamist, a terrorist and a slut when she asked him to make room for her son on the playground swings. Ms. Sherbini wore a head scarf.

The killer also stabbed Elwi Okaz, Ms. Sherbini's husband and a genetic research scientist, who was critically wounded as he tried to defend her. The police, arriving late on the scene, mistook him for the attacker and shot him in the leg.

More than a week passed before the German government, responding to rising anger across the Arab world, expressed words of sorrow....

How is this possible? Aren't the oswarthy Others thisclose to total domination of Europe, according to writers praised by Times book critics?

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