Why aren’t we being shown Europe in deep trouble?
That supposed refugees shown above, aggressively refused water offered by the Red Cross because the Cross is a Christian symbol, has shocked many, asking why we are so selectively shown scenes only of pathos when our media comment on the refugee crisis in Europe. Nor have we been shown a disturbing demonstration by hundreds of immigrant Muslims in Macedonia shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is greater”) while rejecting Red Cross meals distributed by Macedonian troops, because the food was not halal. i.e. legally permissible according to Islamic Sharia law.
The predominance of aggressive, rootless young men now abroad in Europe is not a hopeful sign – and any country with its roots embedded in those Christian values under-pinning European civilisation, but which nevertheless allows them in, is obviously in deep trouble. New Zealand needs to take note.
It’s not surprising that so-called ordinary people are asking themselves in consternation why our news media, particularly television, are being so very selective in what they choose to show us – and deliberately withhold from us – in relation to the turmoil being created in Europe. It is underpinned by Muslim aggression – although the quite shocking restrictions on free speech now being inflicted on people worldwide, by their own governments, make this a risk to identify.
Racism has become the new in-word for calling for tolerance – while offering none. And the threat posed to formerly stable communities by young, roaming, disaffected Muslim men with no jobs and an expectation of entitlement – and a conviction of superiority – is a recipe for certain violence ahead – as above.
The folly of Angela Merkel and other European leaders who have apparently learned nothing from the failed policies of multicultural utopianism has shocked people worldwide. Those well aware of the considerable social unrest already at large in their own country – as a result of poor thinking in relation to importing large numbers of Muslim immigrants – are concerned for their future – and that of their children, with minimal belief in the competence of their own governments to behave sensibly. This has become, on the evidence, much under-rated in practice.
Moreover, it is not a question of xenophobia. People of different ethnic backgrounds can make a considerable effort to assimilate into a majority culture – as with Indian immigrants. It is Muslim immigrants demanding special rights, separatist judicial systems and schools, forcing their women and young girls into inappropriate and unduly restrictive, mediaeval clothing – (an Islam on the March has even brought about a separate prayer room at Auckland airport, and forcefully objects to supposed insults – such as a collection of pottery pigs on a windowsill in Bradford) – which is causing social unrest, and understandable resentment from initially well-meaning people of a host country.
This is already happening overseas, where people moved by the pathetic image of a drowned child, and the plight of those fleeing from central African and Middle Eastern warfare, are now beginning to regret their generous impulses. The question of who is a genuine refugee, and who is an opportunistic immigrant, determined to take advantage of free housing and welfare provisions, is being asked rather too late.
It has been pointed out not all politicians can be relied upon to act in their country’s interests. And it’s also been pointed out that there is a false equation between continued economic growth and liberal immigration policies. Even the NIESR – one of Britain’s liberal thinking left-leaning think-tanks, agreed in 2011 “ that the impact of eight eastern European countries joining the EU between 2004 and 2009 would have a negligible long-term impact on UK GDP per capita.”
As Spectator columnist James Delingpole has pointed out, “So all this overcrowding, all this destruction of social cohesion, all this unwelcome pressure on our schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure, all this dilution of what used to be our national identity has been inflicted on us by our remote political class, against our wishes, to no useful purpose whatsoever.”
Moreover, as we have seen in New Zealand over recent years, and as is still happening in relation to the commercial colonisation of this country by Communist China-backed investment – and with now an extraordinarily inappropriate, military alliance with this predatory and aggressive country – governments get most issues wrong – as fact pointed out by historian Barbara Tuchman in The March of Folly, her historical analysis of Western governments’ decisions this past century.
For example, when the Euro was first mooted as the common currency of a united Europe, it was quite obvious to any independent thinker that this was never going to work…that the disparity between strong and vigorous economies and struggling ones was going to put a considerable burden on both. Germany is once again viewed as the bully boy of Europe with its people resenting the level of taxation the government has imposed on them to bail out Greece, which does not realistically have a hope of managing the mountain of indebtedness now imposed on it.
Similarly with the sheer folly of removing border controls across Europe, a utopian move which so obviously inflicted considerable difficulties both on countries whose workforce up and left for greener pastures – countries such as Britain, already facing housing shortages and the kind of pressures on land, on housing, on welfare and medical facilities which are unsustainable – but in relation to which its government has been culpably slow to act.
All over Europe, waves of migration which in many cases are based on opportunism are causing a belated second-think. In contrast to Merkel’s extraordinarily ill-thought promise to welcome into Germany all those who wished to come, Germany is now closing its borders. Merkel’s original open border policy is now regarded as gross mismanagement. Having got itself into trouble, Germany is now vigorously criticising other countries such Britain, Poland, and Hungary, far more realistic in their assessment of what could be managed.
The migration crisis in Europe has also brought with it considerable risk to the security of European countries now harbouring apparently some thousands of ISIS terrorist sleepers planted among the genuine refugees. In Bulgaria, for example, a search of five Albanian men trying to cross the border reportedly revealed that they were carrying Islamic state propaganda, including videos of decapitations. And sympathy for migrants dissipates when one migrant was asked, “Why don’t you stay in Hungary?” and he responded that he intended to go on to Germany for a free house and money -” Hungary gives you nothing for free. “At present, migrants in Germany receive free clothing, food, housing, and healthcare with a monthly cash payment of €143.
Germany’s and Sweden’s open door immigration policies have been the final destination for most migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Albania, Pakistan Somalia, Sudan and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of them have been arriving in Greece, Italy and Spain. However, in Germany, Muslim migrants have already clashed among themselves, and on August 19, at least 20 Syrian immigrants in an overcrowded refugee shelter tried to lynch an Afghan migrant after he tore pages from a Koran and threw them into a toilet. Police called upon to restore order were attacked with stones and concrete blocks. There is now a call for Muslims of different nationalities to be housed separately in future.
In Greece, there have been clashes between migrants and police. In Hungary a government spokesman, pointing out that literally millions of migrants are on the move, says that border controls are regarded as a necessity and that the EU’s response to the migration crisis has been “a total failure”… that “it is completely unacceptable that illegal means of movement are now institutionalised.”
Austria is closing its borders, ending an emergency measure which would allow 10,000 migrants and refugees in Hungary to enter the country unhindered. It now wants to move away from all emergency measures towards normality. However, many observers question what normality can be restored to Europe in the near future. In the UK, for example, Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced plans to admit 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, although only a few days earlier he said the UK had already taken enough refugees. This in a country with an already severe housing shortage, and where thousands of economic migrants attempt to enter the UK illegally through the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain.
All over Europe, countries are trying to cope with an unprecedented situation where genuine refugees, combined with those primarily regarded as economic migrants, pose a challenge to the survival of Europe as we have known it. In Denmark, Andreas Kamm, the secretary general of the Danish Refugee Council, has warned that the current refugee crisis could lead to the total collapse of European society. He believes that Europe is facing “a total Armageddon scenario. “We are experiencing an historical imbalance between the very high numbers of refugees and migrants and the global capacity to provide them with protection and assistance. We are running the risk that conflicts between the migrants and local populations will go awry and escalate. The answer cannot be that European imports surplus populations. We cannot be required to destroy our own society.”
In Finland, for example (stuck in a three-year recession) during the first five months of 2015, the majority of asylum seekers were economic migrants, not refugees fleeing war zones. Demonstrators in Finland have understandably called for the borders to be closed and claimed “Islam will destroy us.”
The number of incidents involving violence among immigrants, including one rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in June, who subsequently broke into a house in Sicily, slitting the throat of its owner in a robbery turned violent, adds to the growing dismay throughout Europe at what is seen as the basic incompetence of the EU in failing to deal with not only a humanitarian crisis – but with the growing threat of Islam on the March – including, inevitably, against host countries.
Sweden, whose Prime Minister boasted as recently as a month ago, “my Europe takes in refugees…my Europe doesn’t build walls”, found that although 60% of Swedes were prepared to help, 48% said they had little or no confidence in the government’s approach to the crisis. This figure has probably considerably increased in the last month, given that “in Sweden, where equality is revered, inequality is now entrenched. Already forty-two per cent of the long-term unemployed are immigrants, and fifty-eight per cent of welfare payments go to immigrants. Forty-five per cent of children with low test scores are immigrants. Immigrants on average earn less than 40 per cent of Swedes. The majority of people charged with murder, rape and robbery are either first- or second-generation immigrants. Since the 1980s, Sweden has had the largest increase in inequality of any country in the OECD.”
According to Tino Sanandaji, himself an immigrant, a Kurdish-Swedish economist who was born in Iran and moved to Sweden when he was 10, who has a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago and specializes in immigration issues. Sweden’s generosity costs a fortune, at a time when economic growth is stagnant. “The country now spends about $4-billion a year on settling new refugees – up from $1-billion a few years ago,” Mr. Sanandaji said. “And they keep coming”. Sweden automatically accepts unaccompanied minors. “We used to take in 500 unaccompanied minors a year,” he said. “This year we are expecting 12,000.”
“It’s really very simple,” Mr. Sanandaji explained. “You can’t combine open borders with a welfare state. If you’re offering generous welfare benefits to every citizen, and anyone can come and use these benefits, then a very large number of people will try to do that. And it’s just mathematically impossible for a small country like Sweden to fund those benefits.”
Moreover, forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa.
The contrast between the political rhetoric of an Angela Merkel – or our own politicians, especially our own Green Party utopianists -(and our Prime Minister, averting his gaze from what is happening with regard to the sell-out of New Zealand, due to pressure from what has now become basically predatory foreign investment) – and the common sense of the people of a country, having to deal with its day-to-day realities, has never been more marked.
As Judy Dempsey, a senior analyst at a Berlin think-tank told The Wall Street Journal, “Europe hasn’t seen anything yet in terms of the numbers or the backlash.”
New Zealand’s backlash is still to come – but it is late in the day for New Zealanders to start to claim back this country. Yet every individual can help…
© Amy Brooke – Convener, www.100days.co.nz
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