Germany sexual assault proves Europe’s liberal culture is destroying it

Published: January 14, 2016
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Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-Islam movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), hold a placard showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) as they take part in a rally in Leipzig, Germany, January 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Liberal values require that wealthy democratic countries promote democracy in poor countries ruled by dictatorships. This has resulted in bombing countries to prepare the way for democracy, particularly if these dictatorships are located in oil rich regions and have anti-western foreign policies. Such appears to be the logic behind recent wars against Libya and Iraq and the overthrow of their decades old governments. The same effort has been made in Syria but has been inhibited owing to the Russian defence of the Syrian Assad regime.

These wars for democracy have created more instability and terrorism and achieved the opposite of what they intended. Liberal values have resulted in the arising of crude violent factions like the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), leading to on-going civil strife in the Middle East – compared to which the old dictatorships of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi seem peaceful and prosperous.

The refugee crisis

Liberal values similarly require that western countries humanely accept refugees fleeing from wars and civil conflicts, particularly when the violence has been fuelled by liberal countries and their foreign policies. Yet taking in refugees is expensive, and given the disparities between rich and poor, peaceful and violent nations, can result in an unlimited flow of refugees that is too much to handle.

Europe is undergoing the greatest challenge to its culture and identity since World War II. Germany, the most economically powerful state in Europe, is facing the brunt of this. It has welcomed a million refugees this last year alone, a large number for a country of 80 million. To put it into perspective per capita, this would be like India taking in over 15 million refugees.

Europe, in wake of terrorist attacks in France and threats in Belgium, has become a region under a siege mentality. Now public celebrations are met with potential fear and anxiety of new attacks. Western Europe is marked by more and more refugee camps and a growing police presence.

The irony is that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are refusing to take in these refugees, though they share the same Sunni Islamic beliefs, under the stated fear that terrorists will come in with them, an attitude that would be regarded as racist for liberal Europeans.

Liberal feminism compromised

Liberal feminism, which took centuries to develop, may be the first cultural victim of liberal refugee policies. The refugees that Germany welcomed already appear targeting European women, as in the recent Cologne News Year’s celebration in which many women were harassed, assaulted and robbed, with similar cases occurring throughout Europe.

European women, proud of their freedoms, must be careful wearing what they want or moving about freely, particularly at public events. Even high school girls in communities near refugee camps are directed to dress modestly. There are parts of European cities where residents can no longer go and where European women are not safe. Yet to question this growing danger appears intolerant according to present liberal attitudes.

If we look at photographs from several decades ago, women had greater freedom in dress and behaviour from Egypt to Afghanistan. Now we are told to respect the re-veiling of women in these countries as a cultural choice and freedom of expression, though the women themselves do not have the freedom to dress otherwise.

Catering to fundamentalists under the guise of liberalism

We ignore moderates and reformists in Islam and ascribe the voice of religious authority in Islam to fundamentalists only. Even the US, the paradigm of western liberalism and democracy, continues to support Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in spite of their violence and intolerance.

The same dangers exist for India. Liberal values are used to excuse terrorism and stretch the tolerance of the majority culture. Hindus are asked not to defend themselves in order not to offend other groups, even when these others intentionally malign Hindu sacred traditions.

Liberal policies have resulted in turning the Middle East into a haven for terrorists, and bringing fear and loss of freedom into Europe. If it continues, liberal culture may end up self-destructing, replaced by chaos or a police state.

Liberal European culture may soon become a thing of the past, without the loss of any battle, but from the triumph of a liberal media and a liberal foreign policy itself.

Such supposed liberal policies need to be radically rethought, if not replaced. They may not be so liberal after all. A dangerous future looms ahead and bold new policies are required. Freedom that is not protected can be easily and irretrievably lost.

This post originally appeared on DailyO here.

Dr David Frawley

Dr David Frawley

The writer is the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the author of more than 30 books on yoga and vedic traditions.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Milind A

    “Liberal values are used to excuse terrorism and stretch the tolerance of
    the majority culture. Hindus are asked not to defend themselves in
    order not to offend other groups, even when these others intentionally malign Hindu sacred traditions.”

    Bang on!!! Al those liberals & secular hypocrites are the scum of the earth…They stand up for the rights of minorities, but refuse to accept that Hindus too can be discriminated and preyed upon.Recommend

  • ajeet

    The problem is that Europe was able to absorb refugees from Sri Lanka, Cambodia and other Asian countries. But the latest ones following a bloodthirsty ideology of a warlord will never exist peacefully.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Muslims couldnt integrate in India last 800-1000 yrs and europe was thinking they would in 2-3 generations.Recommend

  • vinsin

    You cannot alone blame those parties. Most Hindus suffer slave mentality towards Muslims. Many Hindus treat them as masters.Recommend

  • HZR

    and in India it is the Hindu religion that is expected to reform and other religions which are far more intolerant are left alone.that then is the tragedy of this liberalism >maybe it is time we learn t liberal values from present day China which all respect and mutely accept as well.Recommend

  • Sanjay

    The argument that liberal countries have created the trouble of refugees in Europe does not hold for the behavior of those refugees. today’s Jakarta bombing also negates that excuse.Recommend

  • LS

    That is why Malda riots caused by Muslims is being glossed over everywhere in Media but a single death over beef eating and there is a ton talk over India being intolerant, Award returning, presstitutes writing million articles over it… Malda does not fit in the Jamia Milia Islamia agenda.Recommend

  • thriftysmurf

    Does this ignorant Phd know that India is rape capital of the world where most of the perpetrators are Hindu? I guess anyone can justify anything as long as you provide a few examples. The refugees and non-whites in Western countries live in segregated neighborhoods already. The good majority of immigrants/ refugees living in USA and Europe have not threatened anyone’s “freedom” for decades.Recommend

  • Ali

    Why are you always here? Recommend

  • What a bunch of utterly convoluted reasoning. Nothing about realpolitik is liberal. The wars in the Middle East have nothing to do with liberalism. The waves of refugees constitute a humanitarian crisis and require an urgent response. Muslim are not new to the West; tens of millions of them live there already. There’s no systematic assault on Western feminism by Middle Eastern men going on. If *additional* misogyny or patriarchy makes its way into Europe and manifests itself as criminal harassment of women, take swift and forceful law enforcement action to nab criminals and nip the problem in the bud. Don’t use a crime to push xenophobic agendas.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Sounds like an apologist for crimes committed by Muslims.These refugees were welcomed as guests and after raping women they should be punished, they can’t rape and then play the victim card.Only a Pakistani newspaper would have published this hypocritical articleRecommend

  • Vishwaroopam

    These refugees are basically Islamic terrorists.Europe pl don’t give them refuge otherwise they will destroy u.Recommend

  • Fahimuddin

    One of the most shameful act by gang of thugs, they shouldn’t be deported but hang in public in cologneRecommend

  • meintrumpf

    Liberals didn’t suggest imposing democracy through war. Conservative right wing business interests were the reason why iraq and middle east is in turmoil. Rumsfiled and bush familys net worth has increased phenomenallyq since stocks of lockheed and boeing climbed due to war.Recommend

  • Parvez

    This reads pretty well……in my thinking, democracy is a square peg that just can’t fit into a round hole by force……ether the peg is modified or the hole is modified to make the fit and this requires much time and effort.Recommend

  • abhi

    Everybody knew this was going to happen, only few leaders to project themselvs as liberal and score cheap brownie points allowed it to happen. Now common people accorss the Europe have to pay the price.Recommend

  • 19640909rk .

    “To put it into perspective per capita, this would be like India taking in over 15 million refugees.”

    India has more than 15 million refugees from Bangladesh. Also we are straddled with 175 million refugees (Muslims who did not go to Pakistan after partition).Recommend

  • ninja hattori

    rape statistics on wikipedia :
    rapes per 100000 population –
    Japan – 1
    India – 1.8
    UK – 28
    US – 27
    South Africa – 132

    Too much of media stereotyping. Yes, it’s a problem , but not when you put it as ” rape capital “. I live in India. You touch a girl here and the Indian media will play it to the entire world till everybody starts puking .Delhi has major problem , but then I think every cosmopolitan city is plagued with these issues.Recommend