Very distressing to read. Europe could be overrun before we know it because of Italy’s stupid decisions.
Let us suppose that along the coast of Normandy up to one million non-EU migrants are waiting to be packed like sardines in small unseaworthy vessels and to cross the English Channel.
Let us suppose that first the Royal Navy, then the navies of a dozen other EU countries, start to search for all such vessels in the Channel right up to the French coast, out into the North Sea and the Atlantic even, and then ferry all the passengers on board to Dover, Folkestone, Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton in a surreal modern-day never-ending version of the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940. Would the British government agree to take them all? What of the British people? And if they did agree, what would the British government and people do with all the migrants? How would they cope?
They probably wouldn’t cope at all. Such an action would clearly be completely insane and would only result in Britain’s services being overwhelmed by the sheer strain of all these new people. A country would have to be run by complete cretins of the highest order to engage in such a suicidal policy. Luckily, no democratically elected government would force such a thing on the people they repres…
Well, Italy has been invaded in just this way, by migrants from many nations all coming over here from Libya. And Italy’s unelected government has agreed to take them all. This makes the Italian people — who are among the least racist in Europe — very angry. It’s hard to blame them.
It is indeed hard to blame them. What gives that government the right to do this to the Italian people?
In October 2013, Italy’s previous unelected government, which like the current one was left-wing, ordered the Italian navy to search for and rescue all boat people in the Sicilian channel and beyond. This hugely expensive operation — ‘Mare Nostrum’ — ran until October last year and rescued nearly 190,000 people. The Italian government took this decision after a migrant boat sank with the loss of 360 lives 500 yards from an idyllic beach on the island of Lampedusa, once a resort of choice for the right-on rich.
It was their own fault that boat sank. Why should the Italian people feel guilty because a bunch of invaders were stupid enough to get on a boat that wasn’t sea worthy? Despite the propaganda in the media, these migrants aren’t fleeing the warzone in Libya. As I already covered before, even left wing newspapers like the Guardian are admitting to the obvious reality, that these migrants come from other African countries and are deliberately taking advantage of the chaos in Libya in order to invade Europe. I have absolutely no sympathy for them when their boats sink, and in all honesty, I bet very few people actually do. In polite company, most people will act as if they care because it’s the “right thing to say”, but I bet that in their hearts, they really don’t feel a thing.
That doesn’t mean that they, or myself are cold hearted monsters with no sense of morality. We are capable of feeling empathy for those who deserve it. However, morality is entirely a biological function that exists for a very specific purpose… our own self interests. Morality is about creating a safer world for ourselves and our kin (who are essentially an extension of ourselves). When people act morally, it is with the understanding that others will also act morally because it is also in their self interest to create a safer world. Therefore, when we do something “moral”, our brains release endorphins to make us feel good and to basically tell us that we should keep doing that. This is our biology telling us that we have done something good for our survival, or for the survival of our kin. This is why when the recent Berkley balcony collapse happened, people here in Ireland felt genuinely saddened by it, even if they didn’t personally know any of the victims. They were members of our society, whose deaths may have affected people we do have a connection with, and we know that they would have been good, decent people. Therefore, their loss means more to us.
When we see invaders (who we have no biological connection to) coming in, and know the problems they are going to cause for us, we don’t get this same good feeling helping them, because our brains know (at least on a subconscious level) that helping them isn’t good for us or those close to us. Therefore in a sense, it is actually immoral to help them, because in doing so, we are harming ourselves and our kin in the process.
The same left-wing Italian government also took the extraordinary step of decriminalising illegal immigration, which means among other things that none of the boat people are arrested once on dry land. Instead, they are taken to ‘Centri di accoglienza’ (welcome centres) for identification and a decision on their destinies. In theory, only those who identify themselves and claim political asylum can remain in Italy until their application is refused — or, if it is accepted, indefinitely. And in theory, under the Dublin Accords, they can only claim political asylum in Italy — the country where they arrived in the EU. In practice, however, only a minority claim political asylum in Italy. Pretty well all of them remain there incognito, or else move on to other EU countries.
Absolutely stupid policy. Border controls exist for a reason. Decriminalising this criminal act is completely ridiculous. It will just encourage more and more of them to come until eventually, Europe is just an extension of Africa.
Here’s how it works. In the welcome centres, they are given free board and lodging plus mobile phones, €3 a day in pocket money, and lessons — if they can be bothered — in such things as ice-cream-making or driving a car and (I nearly forgot) Italian. Their presence in these welcome centres is voluntary and they are free to come and go, though not to work, and each of them costs those Italians who do pay tax €35 a day (nearly €13,000 a year). Yes, they are supposed to have their photographs and fingerprints taken, but many refuse and the Italian police, it seems, do not insist. As the Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano, explained to a TV reporter the other day: ‘They don’t want to be identified here — otherwise, under the Dublin Accords, they would have to stay in our country. So when a police officer is in front of an Eritrean who is two metres tall who doesn’t want his fingerprints taken, he can’t break his fingers, but must respect his human rights.’
They should just lock them in cells until they co-operate.
This year, there is space for just 75,000 migrants in such places. Hotels are filling the breach, including the four-star Kulm hotel perched high above the luxury resort of Portofino on the Ligurian coast. But most of the rescued migrants could not care less about all that jazz and have just disappeared.
The ones who stay long in the welcome centres are those who have revealed their identities in order to apply for political asylum in Italy. Last year, 64,900 migrants did so in Italy — roughly a third of those saved by the Italian navy. But this being Italy, the judicial system only had time to reach a decision on half those applications (accepting 60 per cent of them), and anyway, thanks to the byzantine Italian appeals procedure, those refused asylum can remain for years. Even if their asylum claim is finally rejected and by some cruel quirk of fate they are actually handed a deportation order, it is easily ignored: last year Italy forcibly deported just 6,944 people — a figure set to shrink even more once a law before parliament is passed banning deportation to countries where human rights are abused.
So basically anyone from Africa or the Middle East will be impossible to deport, even if they have no justification to claim asylum then. Keep in mind, that a certain European country (if you’re a frequent reader, you’ll know which one I’m talking about) already won’t deport convicted rapists out of fear that they might commit crimes in the country they are deported to. They literally choose to protect people who they have no responsibility to, over the people they do have a responsibility to. This idiotic Italian law sounds pretty similar. What if a rapist flees a country where he could potentially receive the death penalty for his crimes, and goes on to commit rapes in Italy? They wouldn’t be able to deport him, because his “human rights” would be at risk. This is completely insane.
Fair enough, you might say, if all the asylum seekers were genuine refugees from war zones. But contrary to the impression given by most of the world’s media, hardly any of 2014’s intake were from war-torn countries such as Syria or Iraq (though it is true that the number of Syrians is now rising).
Exactly what I already said. I’m glad to see that more media is telling the truth.
Last year, most were from sub-Saharan Africa. Top of the league table were the Nigerians, followed by the Malians and the Gambians, the Senegalese and even the Pakistanis — who together made up 70 per cent of the total. No doubt these countries are no picnic to live in, and parts of some of them are war zones, but that should not, and in theory does not, guarantee refugee status. It is also a fact that most boat people are young single men and the price of a ticket on a people-smuggling boat is €2,000 (nearly two years’ pay for the average worker in Mali).
And this is something else I’ve also addressed. Anytime you see a photo of these boats full of migrants, finding a woman or child is like looking at one of those “Where’s Wally?” books. They’re virtually non-existent. It’s all just young, healthy men. The fact that they are able to pay the equivalent of two years average pay for a worker in their societies, suggests that by the standards of the countries they are coming from, they’re fairly well off. They just come to Europe because what they have isn’t enough to satisfy them. After all, they’d actually be required to work for things back there, and there probably isn’t a good supply of white women for them to rape back home, hence why so many of them are drawn to Europe.
It’s worth remembering here that the majority of the boat people are Muslims and reports suggest that a small number are Islamic terrorists. The terrorists of ISIS are, we know from their Twitter feeds, obsessed with taking their crusade to Rome. One of those arrested in connection with the Islamic terrorist attack on the Bardo National Museum of Tunis in March had crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy in a migrant boat in February.
I don’t care how “small” that number is. Even one getting through to Europe is too many.
Many refugees have no intention of staying in Italy, which is hardly surprising. For a start, only people who lose a full-time job are entitled to unemployment benefit. Italy, thanks to the straitjacket of the single currency, has been mired in recession for most of the past six years, with an official unemployment rate of 13 per cent (the real rate is probably 20 per cent) and the youth unemployment rate at a staggering 43 per cent.
Translation: They want to go somewhere where they can get the most free stuff.
The government of Matteo Renzi — the man billed as the Latin left’s answer to Tony Blair — seems happy to ferry into Italy a vast army of migrants with no real idea what to do with them except hope that they move on to other EU countries. The Italian premier has also been quick to champion the Euro-luvvie definition of this as a ‘European’ and not an ‘Italian’ crisis. So as of spring 2015, the ferry service is now operated not just by the Italian navy in the Sicilian channel but across the entire Mediterranean by the navies of many other EU countries, including the Royal Navy. This year, they have brought 54,000 boat people into Italy and a further 48,000 into Greece, and the summer migration season is not even in full swing yet.
No, it is just an Italian crisis, because you’re the one who is causing the fucking problem for Europe. If you just did the sensible thing and sent them right back to Africa, there wouldn’t be any crisis at all.
Recently, Nick Cooke-Priest, captain of the British vessel involved in the rescue mission, HMS Bulwark, told reporters that ‘the indications are that there are 450,000 to 500,000 migrants in Libya who are waiting’ to reach Italy. The British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said ‘We could see hundreds of thousands trying to cross this summer.’ Fabrice Leggeri, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex, has put the figure even higher, at ‘between 500,000 and a million’. So huge are the numbers that Italian police often just dump coach loads of migrants in town squares or at main railway stations which are then turned into temporary camps. Government policy is to try and spread the migrants out throughout the peninsula to lessen their impact; but now many regional and town councils (of all political persuasions), especially in the north, are in open revolt and refusing to take any more. Scabies is rife (of 46,000 migrants tested this year, 4,700 were infested) and one in four migrants is said by doctors to have Hepatitis C. The anti-immigration vote is rocketing and the Italian left has taken a hammering in the recent regional and city elections.
So not only are they drain on society. Not only are they violent. Not only, do they rape the native women, but now, they’re also diseased. What exactly are these vast benefits that diversity brings to Europe? I know they’re supposed to be so obvious, that they don’t actually need to be discussed, but unfortunately, I’m just too stupid to see these obvious benefits. It seems that many Italian people are too stupid to see them as well if the anti-immigration vote is doing well, so it might be a good idea to actually explain what these vast benefits are. After all, if diversity really is so beneficial to Europe, it should be easy to explain….right?
The EU — urged on in particular by an increasingly desperate Italy and Greece — is trying to draw up a quota deal to distribute the huge migrant army; but as with the single currency, when push comes to shove, it is every nation for itself. Despite months of talks, there are few signs of an agreement even on the small numbers being bandied about. A couple of months ago, there was much talk about UN sanctioned military action by the EU to stop the smugglers’ boats putting to sea from the Libyan coast. For weeks now, the silence on that subject has been deafening.
NO NO, that was a fantastic idea. Stop the smugglers, you stop the problem. Why was that fantastic idea abandoned?
The French have ‘closed’ their border with Italy on the Côte d’Azur in defiance of the Schengen Agreement, which guarantees free movement within member nations. They are rigorously checking trains, cars and even footpaths across the mountains, and sending any illegal migrants back to Italy; they say they have sent back 6,000 this year. The justification is simple: the Italians are failing to identify these people and distinguish economic migrants from refugees. Who can argue with that? The Austrians are doing the same at the Brenner Pass in the Alps.
And this makes perfect sense. As I mentioned before, just because Italy is too soft/incompetent to defend their borders, doesn’t mean every other European country should act the same. I respect those countries that put the needs of their own people ahead of the needs of outsiders. I’m just relieved that Ireland is an Island that is far from Africa, because I have little faith that we would be so capable of defending our own borders otherwise.
Pope Francis said last month that leaving the boat people to drown (about 3,500 are known to have died last year, and already nearly 2,000 this year) is ‘an attack against life’ akin to abortion. All of us feel it to be our moral duty to save lives where we can. Yet it cannot be our moral duty to ferry such vast numbers across the Mediterranean into Italy and Europe for ever, unless they are genuine refugees. In fact, our moral duty is not to do so — and the only solution is the one which few politicians dare even talk about, let alone implement: that the navies of the EU should stop the ferry service and start a blockade of Libya.
Why are they so afraid to this? I guarantee that most ordinary Europeans would support that policy and would stand behind any politicians who would implement this. This is obvious just looking at the growing popularity of anti-immigration opposition parties. Do they really fear the vocal minority of lunatic SJWs who would cry about it, that much?
Prime Minister Renzi tried to pretend that the migrant crisis did not exist, but now that it has turned into an emergency he can remain silent no longer. He blames other EU countries for putting the nation before the union — in this latest meltdown of EU collective responsibility — and the British and the French in particular for getting rid of Muammar Gaddafi and turning Libya into a failed state. When Gaddafi was in power, thanks to a deal struck with Berlusconi, who like Blair had an excellent rapport with the Colonel, the number of boat people slowed to a trickle.
Signor Renzi now threatens his EU partners with what he calls ‘Plan B’ but refuses to reveal the details. It is thought to involve, among other things, refusing the EU fleet permission to land rescued migrants in Italy, and giving all migrants already here temporary leave-to-remain cards — in order to fox the French and flood Europe with them. That’ll teach them. The Italians call Renzi ‘Il Rottamatore’ (the Demolition Man) because of his vow to reform Italy root and branch. The nickname may end up being more apt than anybody realised.
Shows just how selfish he is. Because of his own inability/unwillingness to do the right thing for his people by protecting his country’s borders, he has to act like a petulant child and attempt to destroy the rest of Europe. I really hope there’s an election in Italy soon. Hopefully, an anti-immigration party can get in, and put a stop to this insanity, before it’s too late.