Wag the Dog

Hurricane Blizzard

[Tessa Narrates]

The snow is falling in sheets of white racing across the landscape to reach Canada before nightfall. Mom calls it a hurricane blizzard with no “eye of the storm” in site.

Nothing to do but sleep and read. I have been following the reports of what happened in Belgium over New Years Eve. There have been a few isolated articles since it was reported that a group of 1000 men targeted women in the city square harassing, robbing, molesting and in some cases raping them.

A few women came forward to the police to report the horror of that night. Journalists reported it and the flood gates opened. In all 516 incidents of sexual assault have been reported. Germany and Belgium are baffled as to why men, largely identified as from North Africa, would turn on the women of their host country and become abusive.

I was shocked but not surprised. After some consideration I needed a sounding board and turned to the 2-year old minds of the terrier and Shih Tzu.

TESSA
Hey, terrier, something happened in Belgium where a group of men….

MAYA
The names Maya, facetious feline, and I know what happened in Belgium, Germany too. Every female on the planet felt the repercussions of that event. That 2-year old joke only pertains to Seamus, leave me out of it.

SEAMUS
Hey, you two talking about me? Oh, yeah, that women’s stuff in Belgium. Sounds like a big set-up.

TESSA
Ohhh, so you think a group of newly arrived immigrants, who have traveled through harsh and brutal conditions, massed together to assault women of their host country in order to be jailed or deported back to where they came from?

MAYA
With mass migration comes the best and the worst of a culture. I wonder how Europeans will respond to the subjugation of women by these men supposedly from the middle east?

TESSA
In Finland there are reports of militia groups patrolling small towns to protect their women. And other parts of Europe are trying to make it as hard as possible to immigrate into their countries.

MAYA
It appears Muslims seeking asylum have traded one form of terror for another.

SEAMUS
What if there is another possibility? What if you are looking for the answer in the wrong place or being led to look there?

TESSA
You mean like the movie Wag the Dog? Lead people where you want them to go, how you want them to think. Brilliant! I graduate you to 5-year old thinking, little Shih Tzu.

SEAMUS
Thank you, Tessa, love of my life. And now if I may elaborate on the way men strategize. First of all men always tell you what they are going to do. You just have to listen and not make up your own version of what they said.

MAYA
Good advice for the ladies, Shay, but how does it pertain to the violence against women in Europe?

SEAMUS
Getting there, curious Cairn. As you must be aware by now, the world is at war. A jihadist war has been declared and it is unlike any that has gone before. Battles are being fought in many countries, be they small attacks on innocent civilians or suicide explosions that kill our soldiers in combat.

TESSA
Yawn…….

SEAMUS
Yes, yes, well one of the oldest and most powerful military strategies is the rape and sexual molestation of the enemy women. Sexual violence is literally used to destabilize communities and sow terror.

MAYA
That’s right! Not only that, but it’s a type of ethnic cleansing. By impregnating the women of their enemy men change the ethnic boundaries and spread themselves further, all the while stamping out the bloodline of their enemies.

Change how you see.

TESSA
Oh, my God, communities are destroyed, societies split, women’s dignity and power weakened by shame and guilt all in the name of victory of one group over another. How did I miss that?

SEAMUS
Perhaps you were having a senior cat moment, and should leave the heavy lifting to a small Chinese brain bred to understand the art of war.

MAYA
Give me a break, Shih Tzu, you’re missing an important piece to this issue.

TESSA
You mean, that with the assault on women the whole of Europe now has a reason to refuse  immigrants entry and even deport those who have sought asylum?

MAYA
Exactly! As our Chinese intellect here said, the whole situation may be a set-up. Perhaps even a political set-up. Watch and see if the ruling parties crumble as the rise of right-wing extremists push themselves to center stage.

TESSA
Hmmmm, an interesting possibility; but will we ever know the truth? This is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. The assaults, perpetrated against women, will continue, reducing them to spoilage in a war of hatred and world power.

SEAMUS
Mere pawns in the game, ladies. You ask how men will respond, well, how will the western woman respond to being treated with violence as spoilage of war?

MAYA
Looks like we are hurtling back to the dark ages when women were thought of as not fully human.

TESSA
Dark ages? Looks an awful lot like the present to me.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you, Delia, for putting front and center this horrific event. These mass attacks on women are almost too frightening to comprehend. But they happened an I believe, like all sexual assaults , the New Year’s Eve attacks are likely underreported. I am not sure about Seamus’ conscious conspiracy theory. I will have to give it some thought. I do feel that the climate of hate and fear created by anti-immegration extremists could turn events in directions they would never have gone otherwise.
    Time to re-read Susan Brownmiller’s Against Our Will (despite any criticisms) and look through our feminist eye as we asses future events both foreign and domestic.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I felt the events had disappeared from the press to quick. Questions need to be asked and answers found before this attack on women becomes more common than it is already.

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