Imagine That: Supposedly Mythical 'No-Go Zones' Are Back in the News — But Not at U.S. Media Outlets

Despite reports and statements containing the term coming out of Germany during the past week, searches at the Associated Press on "no-go zones," and even on "no-go," return nothing. The New York Times has no recent report identifying European no-go zones, but has at least demonstrated that it might be getting over its nearly allergic reaction to the term by observing that parts of Ramadi, Iraq recently liberated from Islamic State control are "no-go zones because they have yet to be searched for booby traps left by the jihadists."

"No-go zones" again became news because, despite U.S. media outlets continued denial of their existence, several officials in Germany once again used the term.

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris a year ago, Andrew McCarthy usefully and succinctly described no-go zones as follows:

Islamic enclaves ... (in France are) referred to as "no go zones" because the indigenous populations discourage the presence of non-Muslims who do not conform to Islamic standards of dress and social interaction, and of public officials - police, fire-fighters, emergency medical teams, and building inspectors - who are seen as symbols of the state's effort to exercise sovereignty in areas Muslims seek to possess adversely.

As Breitbart London reported on December 30, German officials acknowledged the problem even before the wave of "migrant" sexual assaults which took place on New Year's Eve (bolds are mine throughout this post, and links are in originals):

No-Go Zones: German Police Admit To Losing Control Of Immigrant ‘Problem Neighbourhoods’

The development of so-called “problem neighbourhoods” or “lawless neighbourhoods” in Germany over the course of 2015 has made law enforcement impossible in some areas, according to police reports.

The latest admission of the developing problem of no-go zones in Europe comes from state police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a west German state that borders Belgium and the Netherlands. Here, an inquiry by a Conservative Democratic Union (CDU) politician into the state of policing has elicited an embarrassing admission of failure by local police to keep the situation under control.

In Germany, state police are responsible for local law enforcement, but in emergencies can call upon Federal police and appeal to neighbouring states for support. The CDU parliamentary deputy Gregor Golland’s question had revealed 78 per cent of all local regions within NRW have had to bring in external re-enforcements this year due to migrant criminal gangs, reports the Rheinische Post.

... CDU deputy Gregor Golland has criticised the political establishment in NRW for allowing this state of affairs for developing, where “criminal parallel societies are seeking the upper hand, or those already solidifying”. He said police must be better equipped to deal with the problem.

This is not by far the first time politicians and police officers have spoken out about no-go zones and rising migrant crime and violence. High-profile woman police officer Tania Kambouri remarked on the subject during an interview this month, as she discussed the lack of respect young Muslim men displayed towards their new home, and the officers who keep the law in it.

Stating that young Muslim men proudly proclaim “shit on Germany”, Mrs. Kambouri said police had already lost control in some areas of the country. The officer also expressed concern that anyone who brought up these issues was instantly discredited by being denounced as a “Nazi”.

After the New Year's Even chaos in Cologne —  just one of many events during as a result of which "hundreds of reports of assault (were) made to police across Germany" — an official spoke the truth, with what would appear to be some political risk:

Speaking of the broader problems faced by NRW, ... (Angela Merkel ally and local Christian Democratic Union party vice-chair Armin) Laschet also spoke of the “no-go zones” in the state. Rejecting the suggestion using such terms was alarmist, he said: “There are in this state no-go areas… even today police in the districts of Duisberg and Gelsenkirchen no longer have the situation under control. There are lawless areas.

In what should be another slap in the face at those in the U.S. press who refuse to acknowledge the term, it turns out that no-go zones have existed and acknowledged in Germany for at least four years:

In 2011, the commander of the German Police, Bernhard Witthaut, described police "no-go zones" in the country. "In these areas, crimes no longer result in charges. They are left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture." When it turned out that parts of the city of Duisburg, not far from Cologne, are police "no-go zones,” local officials stressed that "anyone who tries anything, is immediately branded as a radical right-winger."

Yet the term "no-go zone" has been virtually blacklisted by the U.S. establishment press.

Perhaps the latest no-go zone development might break the ice, given its potential effect on U.S. citizens who might consider attending public events in Germany:

“The truth is, the Cologne Central Station and the area around Cologne Cathedral on New Year’s Eve was a no-go area, a legal vacuum for women. This is not acceptable”.

Well, it may not be "acceptable," but, until further notice, it apparently is the current situation that women put their personal safety at risk any time they choose to attend or participate in any public event or celebration in the named area, or in other similar areas in other German cities.

Elaborating further on this state of affairs, Carol Brown at American Thinker, reacting to Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker's remarks effectively blaming female victims themselves for what transpired, made the following sadly accurate analogy:

Anyone who suggests that all would be well if only Germany’s women and girls would take greater care not to bring rape upon themselves is not fit to serve in public office. (That would be you.)

And how might they better prepare themselves, as you suggest? By not going out alone? That’s sharia. Or by going out with a male chaperone in order “to be more protected”? That’s sharia. Or by avoiding Western dress? That’s sharia.

How dare this mayor put the onus on women to make sure they’re not raped? This is the essence of dhimmitude. This is how the West is handing over the keys to the kingdom. The enemy is not named. The enemy is not held responsible. Instead, the enemy is welcomed and indulged.

Part of that indulgence is involves the press's deliberate failure to tell its readers, listeners and viewers what "the enemy" is doing — including establishing "no-go zones."

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Tom Blumer
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