Ian O'Doherty: The lessons Europe is learning way too late
There's an old saying in American politics that the cover up will kill you quicker than the crime. In other words, virtually nothing you can do is worse than the sin of frantically trying to hide the evidence - and the aftermath of the mass sex attacks in Cologne on New Year's Eve certainly proves that old adage.
As we now know, over 500 separate complaints of sexual assault have been reported after scenes of mob violence around the train station in that old city.
Such an unprecedented outbreak of mass, coordinated sexual assaults would normally be immediate front page news. And if the perpetrators had been white or European, it would have been.
But the attackers were predominantly refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, so Europe's liberal elite, from the local police chief, to politicians to the media, did what they always do when confronted by inconvenient facts - they ignored it and hoped it would go away.
Even better, they then tried to portray anyone else who was appalled at the attacks as a member of the far-right.
I hate to say I told you so, but you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Something like this was inevitable and the blood is on the hands of all those self deluded ideologues who think their fantasy of an open borders society is even workable, let alone desirable.
You simply cannot introduce a million men from a variety of appallingly misogynistic cultures and then profess amazement when everything goes hideously wrong.
Sooner or later, liberals were going to have to make a choice between which group was more protected - women, gays or Islam. We now know they chose Islam.
What other group would have politicians doing such ridiculous cart wheels to avoid confronting the ugly truth?
Mass male sexual violence against women is so prevalent in North African cultures that it even has its own name, 'tarrarush'. So why were people surprised it happened? More pertinently, why did the very people who so love to condemn male violence remain so silent for so long about this latest outrage?
As one female columnist for that last bastion of complacent idiocy, The Guardian, put it: "For xenophobes and racists, or merely anyone opposed to immigration, this story is Christmas come a week late."
Notice that there was no mention of the victims? For a paper which represents the kind of frantic, dense feminism which thinks Robin Thicke's song 'Blurred Lines' is an anthem for rape, they have been stumbling over themselves as they try to explain and minimise the damage that their beliefs have wrought.
When Western women go to the Middle East they are often advised to not go out alone. Now women in Vienna have been advised by their mayor to take the same precautions.
This is a major capital in Western Europe in 2016 and women are told to stay indoors unless accompanied by a male?
Does anyone - and I mean anyone - not feel outrage that Western women are now expected to conform to the social mores of backward 'cultures' simply for their own safety?
We've seen similar developments in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and now asylum seekers in Sweden are to be given lessons teaching them not to rape.
I really don't care what desert hell hole you've come from, if you need to be educated in the fine art of not raping people, then Europe is better off without you.
Perhaps the laziest cliché is how the 'far right' is stoking racial tensions. Not true - racial tensions are being stoked by mass sexual assaults.
Europe as we know it will fall if we continue to eagerly import people who, simply, are too savage to ever integrate.
Even the most perfect Muslim woman is still a second-class citizen in these cultures. Did we really expect Western infidel women to be treated any better by our new guests?
Oh God, it begins...
As we steel ourselves for all the fun and games of the upcoming election, the madness has already begun.
From the utterly unconvincing outrage over that planned Labour attack ad which invoked gay marriage (and portrayed it as a good thing, unlike the coalition they were warning against, but that's a subtlety beyond most activists these days) to the weak wristed pledges to keep 'negativity' out of politics, we have truly entered the age of the wimp.
Yes, yes, we can all stand around tut-tutting at politicians being mean to each other and politicians themselves are quick to play the victim card when it suits - I was once contacted by a TD's rep who told me to stop writing about him because their client suffered from depression, as if I was meant to care what mood he was in.
But why not go for the opposite approach? Why not encourage them to play as dirty as they want? The politics of consensus has failed, so let's see our TDs get down and dirty and actually duke it out like the fine men and women we know they are.
Frankly, our modern politicians are so weak I await the day when a TD loses an election and then sues their entire constituency on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
Smithers, release the hounds!