Alibhai-Brown illustrates her point by zeroing in on this sentence by Berelowitz & co.: "Perpetrators come from all ethnic groups, and so do their victims -- contrary to what some may wish to believe." In response to which Alibhai-Brown offers this comment: "Yes, we know they come from all backgrounds. But that rather cutting second line is directed at people like me who believe that in some British cities -- especially in the North of England -- circles of sexual hell for young girls are run by gangs of Muslim men (most of Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage) who mostly prey on white girls....To generalise their crimes, and lump them in with all the other abusers across the country, is to deny what the victims of these men and their families are saying about the abuse that has gone on."
Indeed. Of course, the OCC's statement about perpetrators coming "from all ethnic groups" is yet another example of the handy PC dodge whereby the link between Islam and pretty much any of its more horrific aspects can be swept away by means of a simple rhetorical formula. For example: "Honor killings occur in a wide range of religions." Or: "Female genital mutilation is not an exclusively Islamic phenomenon." Or: "The practice of forced marriages is not restricted to Muslim families." All true -- and all cynically designed to avoid the uncomfortable statistical reality, and to protect the speaker from being accused of racism or Islamophobia. (It's no surprise that ITV's brief online account of the OCC report actually made that insipid truism its headline: "Report: Child exploiters 'come from all ethnic groups.'")
"The report," notes Alibhai-Brown, "points out that 28 per cent of the victims they found were of black and Asian background. But it doesn't state what it should have: that some of the worst long-term abuse is carried out by mainly British Pakistani men targeting lost young white girls, often from troubled or poor families....The children are neglected and hungry for love. The men offer treats, car rides and kebabs, then drugs and alcohol; and then they corrupt them." Alibhai-Brown argues that while authorities fear "that the racial aspects of child sex gangs will be hijacked by groups such as the English Defence League," it is important to "confront some of the values that drive such men to prey on white females" and to look squarely at "some Asian cultural assumptions that make the paedophiles feel no guilt or shame about what they do."
Exactly which "values" and "Asian cultural assumptions" is Alibhai-Brown talking about? Alas, she doesn't say. That's where her article ends: with a gutsy-sounding call to face up to "values" and "Asian cultural assumptions" that, it appears, she would prefer not to identify at the present juncture.
What to say about this? Well, first of all, anyone who is genuinely interested in facing up to the truth of these matters needs to stop talking, as Alibhai-Brown does incessantly in her article, about race. This is not about race but about religion -- not about black and white but about Muslim and infidel. Alibhai-Brown wants to be seen as bravely pulling back a curtain on an ugly reality, but her repeated reference to dark-hued men and "white girls," and her use of that cowardly, dishonest (and, alas, ubiquitous) British euphemism "Asian" is nothing more than a way of skirting the truth -- namely, that the "cultural assumptions" at work here aren't "Asian" -- aren't Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, or Thai -- but Islamic. As she and most of her readers well know, countless Muslim boys are brought up to view infidel females as little more than whores whose "immodest" attire makes them legitimate targets for physical assault. Most Westerners who are seriously concerned about these matters have long since learned that the Koran itself condones such conduct, and that in cases of rape it is the victims, not the perpetrators, who are considered the guilty parties. These repulsive facts have been widely known in Europe for many years now.