(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
As the BBC has reported, “Witnesses and police said that the men involved were of Arab or North African appearance … Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere agreed there should not be any general suspicion towards refugees at least ‘at this stage of the investigation’ … ‘But if North Africans were the perpetrators, for which there is some indication, there should not be a taboo and people should not gloss over it’”.
So the ethnicity of the alleged assailants is indicated, but not known. Their religious affiliation has not been alleged, far less ascertained. But such details were mere details to (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch, who instantly knew more than everyone else about the incidents, kicking off by telling the Köln mayor to resign, and swiping at Labour stalwart Ken Livingstone from her glass house, just because she could.
Someone suggested the attacks showed the West was finished. Ms Mensch knew better: “Europe maybe the west no”. Er, Germany is part of the West, and Köln was, before reunification, in the part called West Germany. Then, as a warm-up, she kicked the BBC: “Cologne sex attacks on women 'not as bad as online comments against their rapists' BBC News”. This drew a mild protest from Giles Dilnot.
“At no stage do I think you're suggesting this … but that wording looks like WE are saying that. It IS an extraordinary quote” he cautioned. But Ms Mensch was not for discussing the matter, she knew Who Done It. “Dear German Interior minister, and bbc trying to play down his comments, women won't stand for this” she ranted, accompanying her Tweet with a photo of a man spitting aggressively at a young woman.
Spitting had not been alleged in the Köln attacks. But on she ploughed: “I want to be clear that it is an act of coordinated sexual violence and racial/religious hatred by a sect”. No racial or religious group has been positively identified, and her supporting photo was taken last year, and in a different country. “This is from Sweden. It happened last year but is indicative” she trilled. Wrong: what the photo shows has not been alleged.