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The Rotherham horror

The Rotherham horror

It’s not pretty to watch a news story blow the collected minds of an entire nation, especially when it’s our close friends in the United Kingdom.  What happened in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire is almost beyond belief.  It’s also the most absolute and horrifying failure of the same multiculturalist ideology that holds sway over much of U.S. government.  To put it bluntly, pedophile gangs went on a 16-year rampage that claimed over 1400 victims, and the government strenuously resisted noticing, because most of the perpetrators were Pakistani Muslims, and officials didn’t want to appear insensitive.

The UK Telegraph sums up the case most succinctly:

More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a 16 year period by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded.

Senior officials were responsible for “blatant” failures that saw victims, some as young as 11, being treated with contempt and categorised as being “out of control” or simply ignored when they asked for help.

In some cases, parents who tried to rescue their children from abusers were themselves arrested. Police officers even dismissed the rape of children by saying that sex had been consensual.

Downing Street on Tuesday night described the failure to halt the abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, as “appalling”.

People keep using that word “appalling” when stiffer adjectives would seem more appropriate.  How bad is the official fallout from this unspeakable disaster?  So far, one guy lost his job.  The police have also formally apologized to the victims they were supposed to be protecting.  That should make everyone feel better.

Following the publication of the report, the leader of Rotherham council, Roger Stone, resigned, but no other council employees will face disciplinary proceedings after it was claimed that there was not enough evidence to take action.

There were calls for Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire (pictured above, left), to step down after it emerged that he was the councillor with responsibility for children’s services in Rotherham for part of the period covered by the report.

Details of the appalling depravity in the town and the systemic failures that allowed it to continue were laid out in a report published by Professor Alexis Jay, the former chief inspector of social work in Scotland. Victims were gang raped, while others were groomed and trafficked across northern England by groups of mainly Asian men.

When children attempted to expose the abuse, they were threatened with guns, warned that their loved ones would be raped and, in one case, doused in petrol and told they would be burnt alive.

Again with the “appalling!”  That’s just not the right word for mind-shattering depravity, people.  We’re talking about a pedophile sex-slave ring here.  Incidentally, if you’re not a regular consumer of European media, they don’t have quite the same groups in mind as Americans when using the term “Asian.”  There’s actually a bit of controversy over the BBC’s unwillingness to use even such a broad euphemism as “Asian” in its initial reports, referring to the perpetrators as merely “criminal gangs.”

More from the Telegraph:

Prof Jay wrote: “No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.

“It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated.”

She added: “There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone.”

Three “appallings” in one article!  It’s time to take an icepick to British reserve and knock a few chips out of it, my good friends across the pond.  Rape gangs that keep their underage victims in line by threatening to set them on fire merit something beyond stern disapproval.  Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan gets it:

The point of the story is not that all Pakistani Muslims are potential villains – is it really necessary to say that? – but rather than multi-culti ideological blindness kept the British Left from dealing with an astonishingly large and severe problem for an incredibly long period of time.  Some officials said they were expressly ordered to omit all references to the ethnic origin of pedophilia suspects – which, as you can imagine, made them rather difficult to identify, and kept responsible Pakistani community leaders out of the loop.

The UK Daily Mail has a choice quote from former Labour MP Denis MacShane which illustrates just how thick the ideological blinders were:

The former MP, who resigned as MP in 2012 over the expenses scandal, said ‘misplaced racial sensitivity’ prevented him from ‘burrowing into’ the widespread sexual abuse allegations and oppression of women in the Muslim community.

He made the comments after a damning child protection report found 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town by gangs – most of them of Pakistani origin – between 1997 and 2013.

A group of ‘influential’ Pakistani councillors were accused in the report by a council officer of blocking attempts to tackle the abuse and also meddling in domestic abuse cases involving Asian women in the town.

Mr McShane said: ‘I think probably [I didn’t do as much as I could]. I think that I should have burrowed into it.

‘Perhaps yes, as a true Guardian reader, and liberal leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.’

He also told the BBC: ‘I think there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multi-cultural community boat if I may put it like that.’

I’ll bet the crew at the Guardian is just thrilled to get dragged into this story as part of MacShane’s metaphor for left-wing idiocy.  You won’t be surprised that MacShane goes on to portray himself as both an innocently clueless dupe, and the one guy who knew something was horribly wrong in Rotherham.  British politicians may be a different breed from their American counterparts, but they’re not a different species.

We Yanks have also become quite familiar with massive government scandals that somehow fail to result in serious consequences for anyone involved, and even leave most of them comfortably seated at their desks.  It’s almost surreal to hear the more sensible British politicians and analysts patiently explain why heads ought to be rolling over Rotherham.  From the UK Telegraph:

Last night former children’s minister Tim Loughton told the BBC’s Newsnight that any social worker involved in the failings in Rotherham “has absolutely no place” in the care of children.

The Conservative MP said it was a “common theme” in sex abuse scandals that “nobody pays the consequences”.

“A social worker responsible for protecting vulnerable children, to turn a blind eye to a 12-year-old having sexual relationships with a stranger twice, three times her age and to say that was consensual sex and to do nothing about it – that person has absolutely no place in anything to do with vulnerable children,” he said.

The leader of the Lib Dem group on Sheffield City Council, Colin Ross, said “those responsible must be held to account”.

“Just like everyone else in South Yorkshire I was horrified to see the findings of the report and I’m deeply saddened that so many children were let down by the authorities that should have been protecting them,” he said.

Take note: Ross is “horrified,” not “appalled.”  That’s more like it.  He thinks Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright should resign, as does a representative from the upstart UKIP party, Jane Collins:

Collins said: “How the chief executive of Rotherham Council, Martin Kimber, can sit there and glibly tell the world that not one person has been sacked, nor disciplined regarding this matter is beyond me. We are talking about children as young as 11 being trafficked, gang raped, beaten, plied with alcohol and drugs, and even threatened with being burned alive. My outrage at these events is simply beyond words.”

She said: “I categorically call for the resignation of everyone directly and indirectly involved in this case. The Labour Council stand accused of deliberately ignoring child sex abuse victims for 16 years. The apologies we have heard are totally insincere and go nowhere near repairing the damage done.

When this is considered something you have to argue about, you’ve got major systemic problems.  The Telegraph notes that it’s a problem well beyond Rotherham as well, as “other similar high-profile cases followed in towns and cities including Rochdale, Derby, and Oxford.”

Of course every Western government wants to be seen as inclusive and tolerant.  (Certain other parts of the world are significantly less interested in such virtues.)  But there are some things that even the most sensitive government should be absolutely intolerant of.

Update: Even now, multi-culturalist blindness is obscuring parts of the Rotherham story.  At none of the British publications linked above will you find any discussion of who the victims were, or how they were chosen by the “grooming” rape gangs.  And as noted above, the gangs are invariably described as an “Asian” phenomenon, not Muslim.  None of the UK media reports include even a single paragraph of context about what “grooming” is, or how it is extrapolated from Islamic doctrine.  A December 2013 article at the American Thinker explains grooming as follows:

Why is this horrific global crime of child grooming a phenomenon that occurs mainly amongst Muslim immigrants from Islamic countries? As it turns out, this crime is religiously and politically motivated by Islamic doctrine, which calls for the capturing, raping, and prostituting of non-Muslim women and children after battle, as well as keeping or selling them as sex slaves. Mohammed himself was a slave-owner, and had sex slaves whom he captured in battle. He advised his male followers to imitate his example. In Islam, everything that Mohammed did must be emulated, as he is considered to be the exemplary leader, the perfect man.

Is it any wonder why many Muslims see nothing wrong with grooming or possessing sex slaves? Nor do they see anything immoral or illegal in committing other Islamic-motivated crimes, such as honour killing, female genital mutilation, mosque preachings that nourish homegrown terrorists, street prayer that blocks public streets, street killing of non-Muslims, suicide bombing or martyrdom, as well as homophobia and Jew-hatred.

All these acts are religiously mandated in the Koran and other Islamic doctrines that include the most venerated and reliable legal text Reliance of the Traveller. All acts are instances of Islamic or sharia law in action. There is no revulsion, shame, or guilt involved on the part of the perpetrator, because these actions are entirely acceptable and encouraged in Islam. They run contrary to Western culture, and go beyond merely disrupting the society’s public order and public peace that are essential for any civilized nation to survive.

As for the background of the victims, an interview with an anguished former youth worker from Rotherham published Wednesday at the Daily Mirror swerves dangerously close to letting the cat out of the bag:

She said it was common knowledge there was a “massive problem” with married Asian taxi drivers – some as old as 70 – who had been abusing young girls.

“It was one particular taxi firm in Rotherham and back then it was about 20 of the drivers involved. The firm is still going now,” she said.

“They would pick up the girls and then deliver them to various takeaways. The girls got a ride out of it, free food and were given clothes.

“The police were told about this time and time again – but nothing was ever done. I don’t remember one conviction.

“It was so well known we were banned from using this particular taxi firm to transport the youngsters.

“Workers at the children’s units were told to take down registration plates of who picked up the girls. These were all given to police but nothing happened

“Two youth workers I knew actually got so frustrated they trained as special police officers to try and catch the drivers themselves.”

The sad thing is these men thought the girls were trash. If they had been abusing Asian girls, we would probably have acted.

At this point, judging from newspaper and television reports, the British political and media establishment is coming to terms with the failure of its civic institutions, but they’re still not prepared to look clearly at the crime itself.

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