The desire of our leaders to do good can lead to much harm if, when things go wrong, they start hiding the truth from the rest of us. For when that truth emerges, as eventually it must, they will lose the public trust, the most essential commodity in a democracy.
I was thinking of this while reading about some of the confrontations between Muslim migrants and Europeans. A female Czech doctor in Germany, working in a Munich hospital, says this:
Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat. If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: “So, cure them here yourselves!” So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies.
Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who for 800 Euros cleans every day for years, and then meets young men in the hallways who just wait with their hand outstretched, want everything for free, and when they don’t get it they throw a fit.
In a hospital near the Rhine, migrants attacked the staff with knives after they had handed over an 8-month-old on the brink of death, which they had dragged across half of Europe for three months. The child died in two days, despite having received top care at one of the best pediatric clinics in Germany. The physician had to undergo surgery and two nurses are laid up in the ICU. Nobody has been punished.
The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email. What would have happened to a German if he had stabbed a doctor and nurses with a knife? Or if he had flung his own syphilis-infected urine into a nurse’s face and so threatened her with infection? At a minimum he’d go straight to jail and later to court. With these people – so far, nothing has happened.
When I read this, I wonder – where is the gratitude? Why the sense of entitlement on the part of the migrants? And why the cover-up on the part of the authorities?
A news report in England shows a woman reporter interviewing two British Muslims. One of them saying this: “I want to see every woman in this country covered from head to toe. I want to see hands and foot cut, I want to see adulterers stoned to death…”
The interviewer says to him after he says women should cover up that “in your home, you can do whatever you want.”He replies “But why not in the public, why can’t I tell you to cover up? Wheres MY freedom?”
Again, this Muslim does not have a sense where his rights stop and other people’s rights begin.
Wafa Sultan, a former Syrian doctor, says the following unkind words about the culture she came from:
The concept of responsibility has no place in the customs of Islam. Fourteen centuries later the Muslim nation is at the bottom of the scale of nations, but Muslim men refuse to recognize their responsibility for this regression, which would cause any reasonable person feelings of guilt. People feel guilty only when the assume their responsibilities and acknowledge that they have failed to perform them properly….”
The concept of responsibility is also intertwined with the concept of “rights”. What responsibilities do you have to deal with the problems in your life? What responsibility to others have toward you? If you see some service as your right, why should you feel grateful when you get it?
You might think that the Czech doctor quoted earlier is giving anecdotal evidence, and maybe she hates Arabs and Africans (she does refer to some of the refugees as “animals”.) But evidence for the problematic character of Moslem immigration is coming from many directions:
Germany’s police union chief Rainer Wendt warns that because of the desire to calm things down politically, “There is a lot of glossing over going on. But this doesn’t represent reality.”
Nor is the problem confined to Germany. David Goldman writes:
[Due to immigration] Sweden now has the highest incidence of reported rape outside of a few African countries, and nearly ten times the rate of its European peers—and all this has happened in the past ten years. Sweden ranks near the top of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, yet it has become the most dangerous country for women outside of Africa, with an incidence of rape ten times that of its European peers. Sweden’s political leaders not only refuse to take action, but have made it a criminal offense to talk about it.
When you elect a government, you pay the salaries of the members of that government and expect to be told the truth. Hiding it is an abrogation of the rights of the citizen. The German government may be worried that if cases of bad-behavior by immigrants get out, xenophobia and racism will be encouraged. Nonetheless, a government that operates on the assumption that it knows better than the people who elected them, and that facts that might undermine policy must be suppressed, in the end does itself no favor. Truth can be a check on wrongheaded policies; if you are aware that your policies cannot withstand public scrutiny, it is best to change those policies early—in this case before the public in frustration turns to parties that have little use for democracy.
A God Who Hates – Wafa Sultan (St. Martin’s Press – 2009)
https://www . you tube.com/watch?v=X0mDUzU6scw (I put spaces after www to prevent image popup)
http://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2015/10/16/more-horrible-than-rape-david-spengler-goldman/ (a coverup)