Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stabbings in Merkel's Germany

It’s always useful to glance at the results of Angela Merkel’s grand experiment in opening Germany’s borders to Muslim migrants. Especially now, as former President Obama is lauding Merkel’s cosmopolitanism and attacking his successor’s xenophobic nationalism, it’s useful to take a look at the facts. 

The Obamas and the Merkels have no use for the fact that knife violence in Germany has increased exponentially since Angela opened her arms and her heart and God-knows what else to Muslim refugees.

Soeren Kern has collected the data for the Gatestone Institute. His report is detailed and worth your time. For now, we report the salient points.

Like this one:

Knives, axes and machetes have become weapons of choice for criminals in Germany, which has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe. Knives are not only being used to carry out jihadist attacks, but increasingly to commit homicides, robberies, home invasions, sexual assaults, honor killings and many other kinds of violent crime.

Who is committing the knife attacks? Might it have something to do with the new migrants? Surely, it looks that way:

Reliable statistics on knife violence in Germany do not exist. A search of German police blotters, however, shows that during the past ten years the number of knife-related crimes in Germany has increased by more than 1,200%. Around 4,000 such crimes were reported to police in 2016, up from just 300 in 2007.

It is also impossible to determine how many of these knife crimes involved migrants. Increased censorship by the police and the media, aimed at stemming anti-immigration sentiments, makes the public incapable of knowing the names and national origins of many perpetrators or victims.

The surge in knife-related violence in Germany does, however, coincide with Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow in some two million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The number of reported knife crimes in Germany jumped by 600% during the past four years — from about 550 in 2013 to nearly 4,000 in 2016.

Police reports show that both migrants and non-migrants are responsible for the increase in knife crimes in Germany. Merkel's open-door migration policies appear to have set in motion a self-reinforcing cycle of violence in which more and more people are carrying knives in public — including for self-defense. Her policies appear to be leading to more and more stabbings, especially when alcohol is involved.

The powers-that-be will consider this another chance to show how well they can control the media and the flow of information. 


Sam L. said...

In Germany, the truth will get you arrested, for the truth ist Verboten. East Germany has taken over West Germany.

Ares Olympus said...

It's certainly good that statistics are collected. I doubt anyone is trying to suppress them. Any increases are alarming, but still need context.

I've not heard of Gatestone, but it does look like they are not objective observers, but have a mission to reduce immigration. Rush Limbaugh told me "Never trust the facts of people with causes" and none of us are honest when we start with our conclusions and look for supporting evidence.
The organization describes itself as a "non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank is dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report." The organization believes that traditional news outlets conduct insufficient and, as a result, misleading reporting on critical issues, and thus it distributes its own information about events in the Middle East and Muslim populations in other parts of the world.

In 2011 and 2012, Gatestone published articles claiming that Europe had Muslim "no-go zones", describing them variously as "off-limits to non-Muslims" and "microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law". The claim that there are areas in European cities governed by Sharia is false, although many of the areas deemed as "no-go zones" have high levels of unemployment and crime. Gatestone's claims were picked up by many outlets, including FrontPageMag, and Washington Times. The idea of no-go zones originated from Daniel Pipes, who later retracted his claims.

On November 18, 2016, Gatestone originally published an article that said the British Press was ordered to avoid reporting the Muslim identity of terrorists by the European Union. Snopes rated the claim "false". Snopes pointed out that the report only made a recommendation and it was issued by the Council of Europe, not the European Union. Gatestone subsequently corrected the article and apologized for the error, before removing it entirely from its website.

Sam L. said...

I have lost my trust in Snopes.