08 January 2016

Sticks and Stones

Police in Germany will have to rethink their tactics following attacks on women in the city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, a senior official has said. 
Ralf Jaeger, interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, said police had to “adjust” to the fact that groups of men had attacked women en masse. … 
Mr Jaeger also warned that anti-immigrant groups were trying to use the attacks to stir up hatred against refugees. 
“What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women,” he said.
You know, the idea behind the old saw that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is that talk is, fundamentally, pretty cheap, especially compared to, say, actions.  More to the point, saying mean things just doesn’t invoke as much pain as, you know, inflicting actual pain.  Moreover, equating emotional pain with physical pain can is only done by someone who has never experienced the latter.

My guess is that German women would rather deal with their men making ethnic slurs than foreigners raping them.  If that is indeed the case, it would go to show that the old saw still has some tread left.

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