Sympathy for the Devil in Cologne

We are all supposed to be feeling pity and outrage for the girls of Cologne. But we are only allowed to be sorry and angry in the right way. The wrong way is to mention that the attackers were a mystery meat conglomeration of basketballs and kebabs. That would be horribly racist of you. And the gothic majesty of Cologne’s High Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary, home to a 13th century reliquary and site of Catholic Pilgrimage, pelted with fireworks by Muslims, but secular modernity does not care about that. The events of Cologne have been co-opted as a women’s rights issue. Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil in Cologne

The Leftist Whirlpool

Since 9/11 and the start of the War on Terror, the West has long been mired in arguments about whether captured terrorists should be regarded as criminals or enemy combatants. Their poorly defined and complicated legal status raises further questions about their continued imprisonment, treatment and interrogation. Are they simply criminals who should expect to receive due process, or are they dangerous terrorists who must be deprived of their rights in order to safeguard the security of the state? Continue reading The Leftist Whirlpool