The morally repugnant response to the Cologne sexual assault gang
The first news stories, the ones that quoted the mayor of Cologne, or the ones that appeared in premier publications, like the The New York Times, had something strange in common. They all framed the story in this way: Something regrettable happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve, and it could be really bad because it will cause people in Europe to think bad thoughts about immigrants, refugees, and migrants, or about the politicians who are committed to swelling their ranks in Europe. "Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants," said the respectable media.
The real scandal, it was implied, was not that these hundreds of allegedly North African and Arab men had groped, harassed, robbed, and raped women in the street. Or that the police were inept or unwilling to stop it. It was the populist backlash against mass immigration and its political enablers.
Less than a handful of the rapists have been arrested for the crimes they committed in the sight of police that night. Europe's political class has already set about firmly scolding anyone who draws the wrong conclusions.