Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Post-Mortem on Cologne, Part 3

And now: equal time for the Muslim point of view. Or maybe oppo research.

In any case, the Arab point of view. Actually, this is ultimately from AFP, and it’s more balanced than most of the MSM stories I’ve read so far.

From Al-Arabiya:

Thousands of Germans Protest Anti-Islam Meet

German police said tens of thousands of Cologne residents took to the streets Saturday to protest an “anti-Islamization” conference of European far-right leaders.

Carrying banners saying: “We are Cologne — Get rid of the Nazis!” protesters gathered outside the city’s cathedral to demonstrate against the congress organized by the local far-right group Pro-Koeln (For Cologne).

Pro-Koeln began two days of seminars Friday during which speakers denounced an influx of Muslims to Germany and the construction of one of Europe’s largest mosques in the city.

Earlier Saturday, police banned a rally organized by far-right adherents in Cologne just as it was about to begin, following clashes with thousands of opponents.

Far-right rally banned

Some 3,000 police, drafted in to control the protests and seal off part of the old city, used truncheons and water hoses to fend off violent “anti-fascist” leftist activists.

“It is a dictatorship!” said a Pro-Koeln member of the decision to ban the far-right rally.

Andreas Molzer, a member of the European Parliament and an Austrian far-right group who attended the congress, called the ban an “anti-democratic scandal.”

Pro-Koeln had hoped 1,500 people would attend Saturday’s rally in the city center to oppose the mosque and an “immigrant invasion” of Europe.
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Those attending the congress, including far-right leaders from Belgium, Austria and Italy, protested against “Islamification” and voiced support for Europe’s “Western values and Christian traditions.”

The counter-protest, called by trade unions, churches and anti-racist movements, saw thousands of students, families and local business people carry signs with slogans including “No to Racism” and “Cologne is rebelling!”

The protesters disrupted the Pro-Koeln congress and ensured that fewer than 50 delegates were able to return to the meeting on Saturday morning.

Individuals fight back

Mayor Fritz Schramma, whose city council gave the green light for the construction of the huge mosque, slammed Pro-Koeln as “arsonists and racists” hiding under the cloak of a “citizens’ movement” in a speech earlier Saturday.

Meanwhile, around 150 bars in Cologne stopped selling Pro-Koeln members the local Kolsch beer with some taxi and bus drivers also refusing to transport delegates to the congress.

One hotel even cancelled bookings made by “undesirables.”

On Friday, several hundred opponents of the congress formed a human chain around a mosque in solidarity with the Muslim minority, which numbers more than three million in Germany, or four percent of the population.

Pro-Koeln has five elected local councilors and is chasing other official positions in the region.

Cologne, in the west of Germany on the River Rhine, is famous for its Gothic twin-spired Roman Catholic cathedral — a UNESCO world heritage site that survived Allied air raids during World War II.

Hat tip: TB.


Bimon said...

Wow, total victory for the Dhimmis.

"Ich kann gar nicht so viel fressen, wie ich kotzen möchte."

Anonymous said...

Germans are good people. They are law abiding, which leads to a clean, industrious and prosperous nation.

So why is it that Germans so often back the wrong horse? And boy when they do, they do it with all the industriousness that Germans are renowned for.

I'm astonished that Cologne's Germans, modern Germans, and not the "following orders" Germans of the past, responded so dutifully, and in such numbers, when called on by the mayor.

And to protect who or what? The most totalitarian ideology that the world has ever been inflicted by - Islam. An ideology, that has, through history, inflicted more deaths on peaceful Hindus, Buddhists, Christians then any other ideology. Islam is a destroyer of civilisations.

If good Germans dont believe what the protesters in Cologne, and sites such GoV have to say of Islam - then take a look at what Churchill thought of Islam.

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Churchill also likened the Nazis to Islam. In his history of WWII, Churchill wrote of the Nazis as,“…the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”

So to those Germans, who in their understandable desire to show that they are more tolerant then everyone else - what you are doing is protecting, and giving aid and shelter to the followers of the Koran. Churchill would think so if he were alive today - and he was never wrong when it came to identifying a totalitarian threat.

flyingtiger said...

Where did the churchill quote come from? I would like to site it in an article I am writing.

comrade_tovarich said...

In the late '90s, I spent a few days in Köln. My German was then poor but 7 years of study enabled me to get around fairly well. What surprised me most was how rude the local Germans were. When I asked people how to purchase public transit tickets or find some destination, they'd just blow me off. But the Turks, they were polite and helpful.

Of course, that was a decade back.

But I can't help a bit of Schadenfreude over what's happening.

X said...

What surprised me most was how rude the local Germans were.

That's because Cologne is culturally french, they just speak german.

Seraphic Single said...

Or maybe, Comrade, it was because you were a foreigner. And maybe the Turks were nice to you because you were a fellow foreigner. And now you are a foreigner who resents Germans and are happy when they are frightened. So how does that makes you different from anti-German Islamists?