Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The “Camp of the Saints” Crisis

Lampedusa: boatload of refugees #2

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, which has been flooded with tens of thousands of refugees from North Africa since the Jasmine revolutions began in January. The situation is not really new — for the past four years or so we’ve posted on and off about Lampedusa, because the migrant crisis there waxes and wanes, but never really ends.

Today, however, marks the first time I’ve ever seen the island in the top headlines of the MSM. The occasion was the sinking of an overloaded boat carrying about 300 refugees from Libya, most of whom are presumed to have drowned. The boat was on its way to Lampedusa or Sicily when it went down in rough seas. This was enough of a tragedy to put the story into the major international wire services.

Before getting into details from this and other news stories, a review of the refugee situation is in order. We are currently witnessing the beginnings of the migrant crisis of “biblical proportions” that was forecast a couple of months ago by the Italian authorities. The Tunisians were just the opening salvo, and even though this latest boat hailed from Libya, it is said to have been packed with migrants who came mainly from Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, and Sudan.

This flood of black Africans and others has been held back for years by the totalitarian government led by Col. Moammar Qadafi. Col. Gheddafi repeatedly threatened the Europeans that if they did not meet his demands — which generally involved more financial “aid” — he would unleash a flood of black Africans upon Europe, the likes of which had never previously been seen.

His threats seemed peculiar, since the EU leadership had recently stated publicly that they needed to import fifty million more Africans over the next thirty years to meet their multicultural needs. One may presume that Col. Qadhafi’s threat was alarming only because the migrants would arrive too soon — years ahead of schedule. The replacement population was intended to be phased in gradually, so as not to alarm the white people of Europe, who were due to be supplanted without fully realizing it.

When the EU began to side with the Libyan rebels, Col. Gaddafi gave the Euros his final warning. Then, when the NATO bombs began to fall, he made good on his threat. The dam that had always held back the wretched refuse has now broken, and the resulting waves are beginning to flood the shores of southern Europe.

The crisis struck Italy first, but it has now spread beyond the Italian border. The current situation is complex, fluid, and difficult to predict except in the most general of terms. All we can say for certain is that the “Camp of the Saints” scenario has become a reality along the Mediterranean littoral of Southern Europe.

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First let’s take a look at today’s tragic events, as reported by Reuters:

ROME, April 6 (Reuters) — Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily early on Wednesday, coast guard officials and aid workers said.

Rescuers picked up 47 people, including a heavily pregnant woman after the overloaded boat, which left Libya two days ago, sank at about 4:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) 40 miles (64 km) south of the island of Lampedusa.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a migrant assistance agency which has officials on Lampedusa, an Italian fishing boat rescued another three people.

Between 15 and 20 bodies were seen in the water, officials said but high winds and rough seas made it difficult for coast guard boats and a police helicopter to operate.

Coast guard officials said the boat had originally been carrying around 200 people but the IOM put the figure as high as 300, of whom it said some 250 were missing.

The incident provided a stark illustration of the dangers run by desperate people who pay about 1,000 euros ($1,427) for a place on one of the overloaded fishing vessels carrying refugees and migrants from Africa.

“The vessel, which was laden beyond capacity, had left the Libyan coast with migrants and asylum seekers from Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad and Sudan,” IOM said in a statement. “Some 40 women and 5 children were on board. Only two women survived the shipwreck.”

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Most have been young men from Tunisia, seeking to get to France but in recent days there have been growing numbers of arrivals from Libya, underscoring Italian fears the fighting there could set off a new exodus.

IOM said that 2,000 mostly African migrants and asylum seekers had landed in Lampedusa from Libya in the past 10 days.

Lampedusa, roughly midway between Sicily and Tunisia, has been the focal point for the crisis, with some 20,000 illegal migrants arriving this year and overwhelming the infrastructure of the tiny island, which normally lives on fishing and tourism.

Thousands were forced to shelter in makeshift tent camps until Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sought to end the weeks-long emergency by sending ferries to clear the island.

However, that has simply shifted the problem to other areas in Italy and caused arguments among regional governments over where to set up migrant holding centres.

ANSA has more details:

Rome, April 6 — Children were among “dozens” of victims spotted at sea amid searches for as many as 250 missing people after a boat carrying refugees from conflict-hit Libya sank near the southern Italian island of Lampedusa early Wednesday.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said they estimate around 300 were aboard the boat after its staff spoke to the 51 survivors picked up in the Channel of Sicily, although some survivors put the figure as high as 370.

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Difficult conditions have hampered rescue operations, but an Italian Coast Guard official said that “it’s too soon to consider all hope lost”.

Tax police helicopter pilots assisting the operations coordinated from Palermo said they saw “little bodies of children” among the dozens of victims floating in waves as high as three metres whipped up by winds of 30 knots.

“We hoped to see someone raise their arms, but we didn’t,” one of the pilots said. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR expressed “grief and pain for the victims of this umpteenth human tragedy.

“The survivors spoke to the UNHCR’s officials in Lampedusa with a look of terror,” said UNHCR spokeswoman Laura Boldrini, who said that there were also people from conflict-hit Ivory Coast and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa on the boat.

“Among them is a father who lost his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter in the tragedy.

“This incident shows the need for greater coordination between the naval vessels present in the Mediterranean and NATO forces to save human lives”. The IOM said all the survivors were suffering shock and many were in a state of hypothermia. Five of them have been taken into hospital, including a woman who is eight-months pregnant. Her condition and that of her unborn child are not worrying, health officials said.

As you can see from the above news, Col. Qaddafi has done exactly what he said he would. He has released hordes of black Africans — who are the most despised of human beings in the eyes of the Arabs — on Europe. He is relying on the well-known humanitarian sentiments of Europeans to ensure that all refugees will be taken in, fed, sheltered, given medical care, and supported, causing great expense and logistical difficulties to the European Union. The Colonel understands quite correctly that these migrants — illiterate, poverty-stricken, many almost certainly criminals and Al Qaeda terrorists — are a more potent weapon than tanks, fighter planes, warships, and artillery. Modern Multicultural Europe has no Maginot Line or Western Wall in place to deal with this sort of attack.

The Italian government, whose hands are tied by draconian European “human rights” laws concerning migrants, has been desperately attempting to bribe, bully, and cajole the Tunisian government into stemming the flow for them. Tunis is not obliged to observe the same niceties that are required of Italy, and now it seems to have received an offer that it couldn’t refuse:

On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni signed an agreement with the Tunisian government to try to halt the flow, pledging aid, increased police cooperation and possible compulsory repatriation for illegal immigrants.

The accord was confirmed on Wednesday by a cabinet meeting in Rome which set up an inter-ministerial contact group to monitor progress.

The crisis was initially confined to Italy, and most of the migrants were Tunisians escaping the chaos that followed the overthrow of the Ben-Ali government. Many of those, however, regarded France as their ultimate destination, since they already have relatives residing in France. Tunisians who ended up at the Ventimiglia camp near the French border immediately tried to cross into France. Although the French would normally be required by EU law to accept anyone who crossed from another EU member state, they turned back the Tunisians at the border because they lacked any official papers:

Italy has also been at odds over the issue with France, which has turned back migrants trying to cross the border. Berlusconi is due to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy on April 26 in Rome, when the issue will probably be discussed.

Mr. Berlusconi’s government has taken pre-emptive action, however, presumably in order to improve its bargaining position at the upcoming talks. The Italian government is now issuing temporary residence permits to the migrants, so that they are no longer undocumented, and can thus legally reside anywhere in the Schengen Area. The French can no longer return them to Italy without being in flagrant violation of EU law.

The French are shocked — shocked! — by the actions of the Italian government:

(ANSAmed) — PARIS, APRIL 6 — The headlines today in French daily Le Figaro, known for being very close to the positions taken by government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, opened with a long article entitled, “Rome gives France to Tunisian Immigrants”, on the decision of the Italian authorities to grant temporary stay permits to the hundreds of illegal immigrants who have arrived on the island of Lampedusa.

In the reference on the front page, Le Figaro led with “Italy opens the doors of Europe to Tunisian refugees”. “The latter,” continued the right-wing French daily, “have had the doors opened for them to the Schengen area, a stronghold with extremely fragile walls.”

In general, France considers most EU regulations to be optional at best, honoring them more in the breach than in the observance, but this one may be a bridge too far. The Interior Ministry is now busy looking for loopholes, hoping to find a way to send the newcomers back without being in technical violation of any of those annoying EU laws.

According to ANSAmed:

PARIS, APRIL 6 — “France wants to examine conformity with the Schengen code” of the temporary residence permit issued by the Italian authorities to Tunisian immigrants that landed in Lampedusa, according to today’s report by Le Monde.

Le Monde stated that “The ministry of the Interior in Paris still does not want to react: ‘We just heard of the Italian decision”‘. However, Le Monde continued, “before making any comments, Paris wants to ascertain the legal validity of the temporary residence permits that the Italian government should grant to Tunisian migrants”.

Le Monde claimed that in Brussels the entourage of Immigration commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom made reference to the Schengen code that regulates the circulation of people through the borders of Member States. In particular, Article 2 provides the possibility for a Country to grant “temporary residence permits” that allow holders to move in the overall Schengen area. Quoting sources in Brussels Le Monde stated that “Before granting these permits Italy will have to anyhow examine on a case-by-case basis the situation of every Tunisian expatriate that landed on its territory. The Italian government will have to make sure that nobody is ‘flagged’ in a police file and has not been interdicted from the territory”. Furthermore “the Tunisians who will be granted these permits must be carrying ‘travel papers’ with them and prove that they have ‘sufficient resources”‘.

It’s too early too tell whether this latest French stratagem will succeed, but for the time being, the Tunisians have been granted a way into France.

Realizing that the infection is on the verge of breaking out of its Italian quarantine, the European Union is preparing to for the arrival of the refugees:

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, APRIL 6 — In light of the immigration emergency emerging from Libya and North Africa, European commissioner for internal affairs Cecilia Malmstrom set up an action plan and asked for the solidarity of the 27 member States ahead of the Council of EU ministers of the Interior that will meet on Monday and Tuesday in Luxembourg.

In un letter addressed to the EU Countries, the European commissioner asks for the implementation of a refugee allocation plan, with the potential activation of the directive on temporary permits, and also the implementation, as soon as possible, of a ‘special’ joint EU-Tunisia operational plan to ease the burden on Italy and Malta.

According to the commissioner the EU Countries should try to open reception centres for the refugees “in the spirit of sharing responsibilities and in close cooperation with Unhcr”.

In this context “it is imperative that Council and Parliament make an effort to quickly reach an agreement on the adoption of a proposal for a EU plan for the allocation of the refugees”. The implementation of a ‘special’ joint EU-Tunisia operational plan instead aims to deal with the large scale emergency that to date has brought some 20,000 migrants to Lampedusa and Malta.

The Camp of the Saints Crisis is still in its early stages, and an exact prediction of what lies ahead is impossible. All we can do is watch it unfold.

We can be certain, however, that we live in interesting times.


Hat tip: Insubria.

23 comments:

trencherbone said...

Although starting in Italy, this could develop into the ultimate nightmare scenario for Britain.

The process of Islamisation of Britain could occur in months, rather than years. As recent events have shown, the Continental Europeans are rapidly running out of patience with their unwanted guests. It's only a matter of time before there's a Pan-European parasite-cleanse. When that happens, the evicted Muslims will move out, not back to their impoverished ancestral homelands, but to more 'tolerant' (ie suicidal) EU countries, where they will have a perfectly legal right to settle and vote.

So when the shi'ite hits the fan in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium and Denmark (it will probably happen in very quick succession in all countries due to a domino effect), we can expect tens of millions of jihad-crazed 'EU citizens', with murderous resentments against all kuffars, swarming out of the Channel Tunnel demanding their rights.

Has the government got any contingency plans for dealing with this catastrophe? Or will they continue with the same suicidal policies as their predecessors?

As Melanie Phillips points out, Britain is now alone in Europe in continuing to pander to the Muslims' arrogant sense of automatic and unearned entitlement, and so now has become the most favored destination not only for Jihadists invading from Dar al-Islam, but also for Jihadists resettling from less dhimmified parts of the EU... MORE

Zenster said...

As sulber nick pointed out in the other thread on this topic, sink enough of these boats and the "immigrants" will magically lose interest.

So far, no one has even bothered to question the sanity of people who cannot swim that get into an obviously overloaded vessel for an extended deep-water maritime voyage. I refer to this as the Auto-Chlor® effect.

If these morons are so Hell bent on terminating their own DNA, who are we to restrain them from chlorinating their own gene pool?

Baron Bodissey said...

Zenster,

So far, no one has even bothered to question the sanity of people who cannot swim that get into an obviously overloaded vessel for an extended deep-water maritime voyage.

What you say does not make sense. What they do is obviously not insane!

A "migrant" who gets into a boat on the Tunisian coast and heads for Europe probably has a better chance of survival than I do when I get in a car to drive to Richmond.

These people are making a rational choice, as their economic decisions attest. Just think of what one of those guys from Ivory Coast has to go through to get across the Sahara to coastal Libya. And then he has to pay a thousand euros to cross to Lampedusa. That's an incredibly large amount of money for a native of equatorial Africa.

They only do that because the payoff in Europe is worth it. They know that ahead of time; all their friends and relatives who got there first tell them that. They can expect a 100:1 return on their initial investment, even if they never work a single day.

They know that the Europeans will never blow those boats out of the water. They also know the Italian coast guard will do its utmost to save them if they fall into the drink.

Once again, theirs is a totally rational course of action.

Fjordman said...

According to the French writer Guillaume Faye as stated in his book Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age, for the first time humanity as a whole is threatened by a cataclysmic crisis that is likely to begin between 2010 and 2020 – a crisis provoked by degradation of the ecosystems and geopolitical contests for scarce resources like agricultural land, oil and above all water, by the fragility of an international economic order based on speculation and the massive indebtedness of democratic states, by the return of epidemics, the rise of terrorism and nuclear proliferation, the growing aggressiveness of Islam’s world offense and the dramatic ageing of European populations, whose below replacement-level birth rates are confronted with rapidly growing masses of young people in the dysfunctional countries of the global South, coupled with mass migrations to the North.

This convergence of catastrophes will mark the transition from one era to another. The USA will most likely cease to be the leading world power by mid-century, and perhaps cease to exist at all in its present form. The strongest power will probably be China or what Faye calls “Euro-Siberia” – a federated alliance between the peoples of Europe plus Russia. He believes that a rebirth of European civilization in a different form is possible, but by no means inevitable. Whether or not this transformation takes place depends upon how they manage to restore healthy societies while drawing upon our historical memory, rather than having Islamic values imposed upon them. Faye thinks they should adopt a policy of Europe First. Everybody else takes care of his own problems first and foremost. Whites must learn to do the same. It is their future existence that is now under threat, not that of Africans or Pakistanis:

“The twenty-first century will be a century of iron and storms. It will not resemble those harmonious futures predicted up to the 1970s. It will not be the global village prophesied by Marshall MacLuhan in 1966, or Bill Gates’ planetary network, or Francis Fukuyama’s end of history: a liberal global civilization directed by a universal state. It will be a century of competing peoples and ethnic identities. And paradoxically, the victorious peoples will be those that remain faithful to, or return to, ancestral values and realities – which are biological, cultural, ethical, social, and spiritual – and that at the same time will master technoscience. The twenty-first century will be the one in which European civilization, Promethean and tragic but eminently fragile, will undergo a metamorphosis or enter its irremediable twilight.”

Fjordman said...

Faye predicts two possibilities for European civilization over the coming century: regeneration based on a resurgence of ancestral values, or else disappearance. Europe, especially the western half of the Continent, is currently being invaded. This is coupled with an incredible masochism on the part of Europeans themselves. Only a terrifying crisis can awaken them, and war is the most merciless of selective forces; a people that abandons its will to power inevitably perishes. A “mental AIDS,” a virus of nihilism, has severely weakened their natural defenses. Consequently, Europeans have succumbed to self-extinction. The primary symptom of this is “xenophilia,” a systematic preference for the Other over the Self.

The current advanced state of decadence owes much to the secularization of Christian charity and its modern egalitarian offshoot, human rights. In the widest possible sense it was the same civilizational genius that gave the world the concepts of universal gravitation and universal human rights. After the unprecedented successes of the Scientific Revolution, post-Enlightenment Europeans fell so much in love with the power of their own ideas that they ultimately came to define their very existence as one big idea, hence the “idea nation” or “proposition nation” concept was born. The leaders of this were the Americans and the French, whose Revolutions in the late 1700s came to define their countries as universal republics. This ideal was not and could not be implemented at that time, but two centuries later, coupled with the rise of global communications, it won out over ethnic identification.

Fjordman said...

Faye believes that Europe now faces a danger unparalleled in its history and refuses to see it. It’s been colonized by peoples from the South. This non-European invasion began in the 1960s and was largely self-engendered, by politicians contaminated with Marxist ideas, by an employer class greedy for cheap labor, by Utopian humanitarian ideals and misplaced post-colonial guilt. Illegal immigrants/foreign colonizers are very rarely repatriated, but receive lavish social welfare benefits handed out to them by anti-white forces in control of the state:

“A race war is foreseeable now in several European countries, a subterranean war that will be far more destructive than ‘terrorism.’ The White population is being displaced, a sort of genocide is being carried out against it with the complicity or the abstention of the ruling class, the media, and the politicians, for the ideology these collaborating elites uphold is infused with a pathological hatred of their own people and a morbid passion for miscegenation. The state’s utopian plan for ‘republican integration’ has nevertheless failed because it assumed peaceful coexistence between foreigners and natives, non-Whites and Whites, was possible in a single territory. Our rulers haven’t read Aristotle, who taught that no city can possibly be democratic and orderly if it isn’t ethnically homogenous… European societies today are devolving into an unmanageable ethnic chaos.”

We have a culture of short attention spans, and it gets worse with every generation. Even the smartest people barely think more than one or two election cycles ahead, that is, five to ten years at most. Meanwhile, our enemies think in terms of generations and centuries. People don’t believe in an afterlife, and history is bunk. There is no future and no past, there is only the present. So why bother fighting for anything? Is there a sadder sight than a people without any connection to the past and no concern for the future, who live only for the here and now?

Capitalism has, ironically, made us so wealthy that we have been able to fund many bad ideas. The result is that we have accumulated so many layers of nonsense that by the time we notice there’s a real problem we can no longer fix it, causing a systemic collapse. Widespread hedonism follows this flight from reality, but reality is knocking at the door as we speak.

Fjordman said...

At the beginning of the 21st century, the West is the sick man of the world. We provide our enemies with the technology and medicine to multiply, give them the transportation and legal rights to move to our countries (after we first showed them through TV and movies how much better life is in our part of the world) pay them to colonize our countries and harass our children while our leaders ban opposition to this as intolerance, discrimination and racism.

This century will probably be dominated by a resurgence of ethno-cultural blocs, especially in the global South. Europeans need to break with the “presentism” in which they are currently sunk and learn to see themselves again (as do the Muslims, Chinese and others) as a “long-living people,” bearers of a great past and hopefully a great future, too. The mental revolution needed to bring about this change in European attitudes is only possible through a gigantic crisis, a violent shock, which is already on its way. The present system is founded on a belief in miracles and the myth of indefinite progress. Faye believes it is bound to collapse, but he adds that fatalism is never appropriate. History is open-ended and presents many unexpected twists and turns. As William of Orange once said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” We need to remember that, and develop the will to do what is needed to save ourselves.

A favorite watchword of Guillaume Faye is “From Resistance to Reconquest, From Reconquest to Renaissance.” The writer reminds us that “destiny is not simply fate. Contrary to the religions of the desert, the European people know at the bottom of their hearts that destiny and divinities are not all-powerful in relation to the human will. Like Achilles, like Ulysses, the original European man does not prostrate himself or kneel before the gods, but stands upright. There is no inevitability in history.”

It is always darkest before the dawn. Civilizations can pass from the darkness of decline to rebirth, as China is proving now. Faye, who is not a Christian nor claims to be so, believes that European peoples currently need hypermorality, the Nietzschean ethics of difficult times. We are not like the peoples of the desert, who believe that Allah has already decided everything that happens in your life. Allah hasn’t decided anything; there is no Allah. We should also reject the Marxists, who once believed that the Communist society was “inevitable,” and now believe that the Multicultural society is “inevitable.” They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. There is no fate. European man shapes his own destiny.

Zenster said...

Baron Bodissey: What you say does not make sense.

I realize why you say this, fear not.

What they do is obviously not insane!

It is a prominent symptom of Europe's Multicultural Malaise™ whereby steps are not taken to ensure that it is insane for these African parasites to even attempt such a thing.

The vast majority of nations around this world greet illegal aliens with a lack of hospitality that often borders on being fatal. In this particular case, Europe's suicidal policy of exceptionalism needs retooling on the order of that received by an electroshock patient.

Baron Bodissey said...

Zenster --

I understand what you're saying, but unfortunately it's a product of Wishful Thinking™.

I've read your comments here along these lines -- about the inevitable deadly Western backlash against Islam -- for the last four or five years, and there's no sign of your predicted response appearing.

As a matter of fact, since you started making these predictions, things have been moving in the opposite direction. Each new Islamic atrocity ushers in even more craven appeasement and dhimmitude on our part.

That doesn't mean that things will never change; they're bound to change sometime. But the reaction envisioned by your muscular assertions is nowhere in sight. It's not even on the distant horizon.

For now, and for years to come, crossing the Med to Europe will remain a good bet for the enrichers.

Fjordman said...

American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations thesis from the 1990s has been accused of simplification, but he should be credited with placing the significance of ethnic-cultural blocs on the radar of global politics. He is also right in pointing out that this era is characterized by a West with declining influence. The tectonic plates of global power are shifting in ways they haven’t done for a very long time. Maybe future historians will label this age “the retreat of the Western world order.” These massive changes and the perceived weakness of a European civilization that has been dominant globally for centuries could very well ignite a new world war. Multiculturalism and the inability or unwillingness of Western nations to uphold their borders from foreign infiltration is viewed by others as an invitation for attack and a signal that the West is weak and ripe for conquest.

“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.” This was said by former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne in a speech at the United Nations in 1974. As I write these words, this scenario is truly happening, a Camp of the Saints for real.

It took hundreds of thousands of years for humans to reach the 1 billion mark, which happened shortly after the year 1800 of our era. It took only 12 – twelve – years for the world population to grow with an additional billion people, between 1987 and 1999. It is projected to reach 7 billion by 2013, then 8 billion fifteen years or so later and still counting. Nearly all of this growth is concentrated in what were and remain the most technologically backward and economically dysfunctional areas on the planet. The most dysfunctional continent of all, Africa, has surpassed one billion. This is more than that of Europe, which has throughout all of recorded history previously had a higher technological level as well as a bigger population size. The population of Africa has virtually exploded, from 100 million in 1900 to an estimated 2 billion in 2050. It was no more than 200 million as late as in the 1940s.

Fjordman said...

By 1700, the ratio of Europeans to Arabs in the world stood at 6 to 1. By 1920, for every Arab in the world there were 13 Europeans. The scale of the change since then has been staggering. In 1920, the population of the Arab world was some 42 million, the same as that of France. Egypt alone has twice that number now. The Arab world will soon be equal in size to Western Europe, and if current trends continue could become comparable to all of Europe combined.

The British historian Niall Ferguson reveals how Islam is currently winning the numbers game. Making demographic predictions is risky. Maybe something will happen that will cause the birth rate among Europeans to rise. There are signs that it is declining somewhat in a number of countries in the South, but it is still much higher there than it is in the North.

Ferguson warns that if fertility persists at such low levels, “within 50 years Spain’s population would decline by 3-4 million, Italy’s by a fifth. Not even two World Wars had inflicted such an absolute decline in population.” As late as in 1950, “there had been three times as many people in Britain as in Iran. By 1995 the population of Iran had overtaken that of Britain. By 2050, the population of Iran could be more than 50 per cent larger. At the time of writing, the annual rate of population growth is more than seven times higher in Iran than in Britain.”

It must be mentioned here that recent immigrants and their descendants also drive population growth in many British cities and in cities all over the Western world, slowly driving out the European population who built these cities with the blessing of the national authorities.

The German professor of sociology Gunnar Heinsohn worries about what he calls the “demographic capitulation” of European nations. He fears that their imploding birth rates will lead to the collapse of the welfare state. Mass immigration cannot solve this problem, contrary to what is often claimed. It will make the situation worse, and add many additional problems.

Over the course of five generations (1900-2000), the population in predominantly Muslim countries grew from 150 million to 1200 million, in large parts thanks to Western science and technology. Western countries are funding the Palestinian population explosion, for instance. Heinsohn does not believe that material aid to countries with large youth populations will prevent wars and terror. On the contrary, it may in fact increase unrest and violence since young men are those who take most active part in violent upheavals in all societies. He believes the West should stay out of the internal affairs of Muslim countries with expanding youth populations as much as possible and only interfere briefly if they threaten us directly.

Zenster said...

Baron Bodissey: I've read your comments here along these lines -- about the inevitable deadly Western backlash against Islam -- for the last four or five years, and there's no sign of your predicted response appearing.

As a matter of fact, since you started making these predictions, things have been moving in the opposite direction. Each new Islamic atrocity ushers in even more craven appeasement and dhimmitude on our part.

That doesn't mean that things will never change; they're bound to change sometime. But the reaction envisioned by your muscular assertions is nowhere in sight. It's not even on the distant horizon.


I take absolutely no offense at your skepticism. Still, I can only hope that you might recognize how the continual off-putting of any such reckoning, much less actual correction of this ridiculous situation, only serves to ensure that when the day finally comes, the magnitude of reprisal will exceed anything our foe, or even ourselves, could imagine.

It is much like an earthquake. If decades or centuries pass with absolutely no relief of tension upon a fault line that is normally provided by small temblors, then it literally guarantees that whatever release of energy eventually happens will be catastrophic in the extreme.

Islam's intentional policy of limited engagement, temporally dispersed atrocities and plausible deniability only serves to perpetually ratchet up the already compounding stress that is accumulating from sheer indignation.

There is a growing sense of outrage and unassuaged anger that, once it crests the artificial dam of political or legal policy which restrains it, shall sweep all before it in a deluge of retribution that will surpass Islam's wildest expectations or even its darkest fears.

I steadfastly maintain that, once this day has come to pass, the world's surviving Muslim population will have learned to curse for all eternity the name of Osama bin Laden.

If you wish for even a token proof of this, please consider the complete and total absence of any Muslim cleric or scholars voicing sensible caution over how the West might extract, one day, righteous vengeance on a horrible scale.

Even the Imperial Japanese knew well enough to worry about having awoken the sleeping giant. Islam, in its cupidity, shows no sign whatsoever of any such trepidations.

That a hostile body like Islam, which possesses so few nuclear weapons, continues to antagonize a Western opponent who can field thousands of such devices signifies an assuredly fatal degree of stupidity.

latté island said...

Do European countries not have armies? What are the armies for? Are they only for humanitarian missions in the third world?

If Italy, France and other countries aren't even considering turning the problem over to their respective militaries, after coordinating with each other, that's more of a problem than people in boats. If it's only the EU that prevents them from dealing with the problem, which they can easily, they have to defy the EU. Until they're willing to defy the EU, this will go on. And it's complete nonsense. I'd sink the boats myself, the karma isn't that bad, because it would only take one or two boats to end the whole charade. Think of it this way: if a few hundred Africans drown, how many Europeans won't be raped and murdered?

Zenster said...

latté island: If Italy, France and other countries aren't even considering turning the problem over to their respective militaries, after coordinating with each other, that's more of a problem than people in boats.

My point entirely.

Think of it this way: if a few hundred Africans drown, how many Europeans won't be raped and murdered?

Permit me to compliment you on your excellent use of reductionist logic.

Lawrence said...

Zenster said... That a hostile body like Islam, which possesses so few nuclear weapons, continues to antagonize a Western opponent who can field thousands of such devices signifies an assuredly fatal degree of stupidity.

It is the self-absorbed narcissism of those who seek political power which drives their seemingly stupid agendas. It is their narcissistic detachment from reality that is the problem, not their intelligence.

What will happen, at least here in "the states" is that when things get too bad the populace begins taking things into their own hands. It is at this point when our politicians take action, because they are more afraid of their constituents than Islamist Terrorism.

But what Islamists want is to become the voting constituents.

Robert Marchenoir said...

"When the shi'ite hits the fan" (Trencherbone)

Funny, but untrue, I'm afraid.

I don't think any shit will hit the fan at any time. Alternatively, it might be said that we are already liberally showered with the fan-propelled substance.

The French conservative blogosphere lies eagerly in wait for this so-called SHTF tipping-point. In French, that's the moment when "ça va péter", when all hell will break loose. Hopefully.

Thus, the anti-multiculturalists and their shi'ite / fan expectations look a lot like the... actual shi'ites, who are convinced that the hidden imam's return is just around the corner now.

Unfortunately, I don't think there will be any tipping point. The change will probably be progressive. As it has been up to now.

Robert Marchenoir said...

An illegal immigrant in Italy, speaking to a French reporter from the pro-government Le Figaro, mentioned that during his voyage, twelve women were thrown overboard.

This quote was carelessly buried in the middle of the reporter's article. The headline did not even mention the fact.

Just imagine if, say, Israeli commandos, boarding a "peace ship" bound for Gaza, had thrown overboard twelve female passengers. The world media would be buzzing with it for years.

We're importing, as legitimate refugees to Europe, tens of thousands of people who think nothing of throwing overboard twelve of their own women.

Just think what they would do to ours.

Hesperado said...

"This flood of black Africans..."

Every picture I've seen of these boat people, both here at GOV and elsewhere, shows no black faces from what I can see.

Robert Marchenoir said...

Here is the link (in French)

Baron Bodissey said...

Hesperado --

Actually, one of the photos I posted showed a fully loaded boat with nothing but black faces in it.

A lot of the recent photos are of the Tunisians, so they are no more than swarthy. But in some of the photos, if you check out the full-size versions in the news sites, you can see the sub-Saharan features quite clearly. Also in the video of the enrichers burning the guest house on Lampedusa.

Zenster said...

Lawrence: It is the self-absorbed narcissism of those who seek political power which drives their seemingly stupid agendas. It is their narcissistic detachment from reality that is the problem, not their intelligence.

So, please substitute "cupidity" for "stupidity" then, they will still only be no more than cocks crowing on a (radioactive) dunghill.

What will happen, at least here in "the states" is that when things get too bad the populace begins taking things into their own hands. It is at this point when our politicians take action, because they are more afraid of their constituents than Islamist Terrorism.

Again, this also makes no sense. By dancing to Islam's jig, our nation's politicians are also making a "radioactive" (Capitol) dunghill of their own. Being an American politician rapidly is becoming a thing of shame. By so consistently acting against the public interest, these craven bastards are undermining their own political and moral authority.

People may not be well educated about Islam now but they will be soon enough. Especially so if America takes one or more WMD hits in a nuclear terrorist attack.

At that lamentable point, America's incumbents and political alumnus could all find themselves in open court facing charges of treason. Senator Lindsey Graham is a prime example of such obeisant treachery as is Obama himself.

PS: Your choice of words, as in "self-absorbed narcissism", is outstanding. Mere misdirected selfishness or egotism cannot adequately explain such depths of depravity that will see countless millions die so that a bare few could fart through silk.

Zenster said...

Robert Marchenoir: An illegal immigrant in Italy, speaking to a French reporter from the pro-government Le Figaro, mentioned that during his voyage, twelve women were thrown overboard.

Why am I not surprised? After all, they were mere ballast to begin with, especially after the men had tired of their role as "in-flight" entertainment.

Once again, why aren't NOW and other women's organizations raising Holy Hell over this? As a Spanish journalist once said:

After a while, to remain silent is no longer to give consent.

To remain silent is to lie.

Lawrence said...

Zenster said... Being an American politician rapidly is becoming a thing of shame.

And it seems that the only people running for office at the national level are people with no shame.

"Mere misdirected selfishness or egotism cannot adequately explain such depths of depravity that will see countless millions die so that a bare few could fart through silk."

Mankind has been doing this for a long time. The more we strive to resurrect the glory of the Roman Empire from here in North America, and or Europe, the more people are die and the less people are wearing silk.