Harbie 1:38 AM EDT
You might conclude that! But Turkey definitely plans to expand its influence to the extent of assimilating Europe:
As Turkey’s Foreign-Minister-turned-Prime-Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a large gathering of Swiss Turks in January 2015:
“Islam is Europe’s indigenous religion, and it will continue to be so….I kiss the foreheads of my brothers who carried the tekbir [i.e., the call Allahu Akbar] to Zurich….How holy those people were, who came and sowed the seeds here, which will, with Allah’s help, continue to grow into a huge tree of justice in the centre of Europe. No one will be able to stop this….We will enter the EU with our language, our traditions, and our religion….Would we ever sacrifice one iota of that culture? With Allah’s grace, we will never bow our heads.”
The Archbishop of Mosul in Northern Iraq, standing in the ruins of his cathedral, has also sent us a message. In 2014 he said:
“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The Islamic radicals want us converted or dead….Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemies you have welcomed in your home.”
Cologne sex assaults: Number of cases in New Year’s Eve violence probe rises above 500
As Germany Welcomes Migrants, Sexual Attacks in Cologne Point to a New Reality
Austrian police chief warns women not to leave home alone in wake of Cologne sex attacks
Of the seven people arrested in connection with the gang rape, two are Belgium nationals and five are Iraqi immigrants. The oldest suspect is 25 years old.
The 17-year-old victim was identified and has been found. She said she had attended a party with her boyfriend and became unconscious after drinking too much alcohol. After waking up, she called a taxi and went home. She said she didn’t remember what had happen to her.
Several of the suspects showed little remorse for the incident, which happened in November, and didn’t even believe it was a crime at all, the police said.
“She has nothing to complain about. Women must obey men,” one of them reportedly told the police.
The attitude sparked outrage among Belgians.
“It is clear that some newcomers have problematic beliefs about relations between men and women,” commented Ostend Mayor Johan Vande Lanotte. “When they have served their sentences, they must leave the country.”
Theo Francken, Belgium’s minister for asylum and immigration, made a similar statement: “Rapists won’t be given asylum. They will be sent back to Iraq if they are found guilty.”
Despite a number of anti-radicalisation campaigns by the French authorities, the government has seemingly been unable to prevent considerable numbers of the country’s 4.7m-strong Muslim community – around 7.5% of the population – from veering towards violent radicalism and jihad.
Hard-line Saudi preachers have long been allowed to preach in the country’s mosques, and a thriving black market for arms has made weapons readily available.
Rahman is known for his loud and passionate online speeches extolling the Islamic State. He openly advocates for a global caliphate, a homeland ruled by Islamic law, which he says is a superior political, legal and economic system to democracy. He wants Britain to adopt Islamic sharia law, and he says the Islamic State’s black flag will one day fly over the White House.
They say his thousands of tweets and Facebook posts, and fiery lectures on YouTube, are intended to inspire vulnerable young people — from London to Chicago to New Delhi — to join a militant group that beheads, crucifies, burns and drowns its enemies in the name of God.
“He is dangerous because he creates the conditions where extremist ideology is seen as normal,” said Peter Fahy, the recently retired chief of police in Manchester, England, who has helped lead British anti-radicalization efforts. “He is just the start of the conveyor belt for people on a pathway to extremism.”
Jack Thom 52 minutes ago
Even peace loving Gandhi in India, couldn’t control the violence when he tried to mix Hindus and Muslims.
On August 16, 1946, in its demand for a separate Pakistan, the Muslim League called for “Direct Action” day. Direct Action day witnessed thousands of Muslims and Hindus fighting in mixed areas. Calcutta became the scene of the most brutal violence in what became known as the great ‘Calcutta killings’.
Within 72 hours, more than 5,000 people died, at least 20,000 were seriously injured, and a hundred thousand residents of Calcutta City alone were left homeless. As Jinnah remarked “If not a divided India, then a destroyed India”. More violence followed as the rioting spread to the rural areas of Punjab and the Ganges valley. -
Gandhi’s solution? Create a separate country for Muslims, and Pakistan was born.
There is no solution other than separation of Muslims from civilized countries. Send Muslims back to their homelands!
Alan 53 minutes ago
Ship them back! All of them! Every. Last. One.
Christmas is cancelled: Italians outraged over school decision to ban festivities
“In a multi-ethnic environment, it causes problems,” [Marco] Parma said, saying his decisions had been influenced by an unhappy experience last year.
“Last year we had a Christmas concert and some parents insisted on having carols. The Muslim children didn’t sing, they just stood there, absolutely rigid.
“It is not nice watching a child not singing, or worse, being called down from the stage by their parents.”
The school, which has primary and middle school sections, has a roll of around 1,000 pupils with an estimated one in five of non-Christian faiths, primarily Islam.
Op-Ed: Italy is capitulating to Islamic autocrats
Élodie Breuil est decedée, elle aussi, la tristesse doit etre immense, une fille si jeune
2:08 PM – 14 Nov 2015 · Île-de-France, France, France
November 14, 2015 11:38 am
Whatever basic decision France makes, it must be borne in mind that it will be taken against the backdrop of probable further attacks. The number of operatives involved in this atrocity — and its sophistication, along with its apparent roots in France itself — leave little hope that this is a one-off.
Every Syrian refugee accepted into Britain will cost taxpayers up to £23,420 a year
Behind Sweden’s warm welcome for refugees, a backlash is brewing
“Freedom of religion does not mean that you are allowed to have mosques and a very aggressive form of Islam where you shout out your prayers,” said [22-year-old Dennis] Dioukarev, who is the youngest member of the Swedish parliament. “When people say that one culture can live side by side with another, it’s a lie.”
10/19/2015 11:54 PM EDT
‘“Society is changing. It’s changing in a profound way, and some people are having trouble in handling that,” he said.’
And why should people not wish these changes with a deluge of Muslim immigrants, many of whom ferociously adhere to the teachings of their prophet and ‘holy book’. The more outspoken imams, as anyone can see from themselves on YouTube, have stated that Muslims should ‘breed’ with Europeans, one even joking that the only way Europeans could keep up with Muslims’ high birth rates was to marry a second wife and have many children.
Islam represents and teaches things which are polar opposites of a democracy, freedom of speech and the ability to satirize, even religions, the ability to practice your own religion, or lack of, without being harrassed by those of another faith, much more equality for women.
Islam is conformist and at its extreme, dangerous. Witness the scheduled execution of a young man in Saudi Arabia, where it is not enough to behead him, his body is then to be crucified after he is dead. Some ‘religion of peace’.
Sweden slams shut its open-door policy towards refugees
‘We simply can’t do any more,’ prime minister says in announcing Sweden’s asylum regime will revert to EU minimum
Tim B is a trusted commenter Seattle 3 hours ago
I watched a documentary about Muslims who are already established in the UK, how they feel about the UK generally and their outlook on life. The interview is done in a BBC like fashion, the interviewer asking simple questions in a courteous, thoughtful, non confrontational way.
What surprised him and I imagine many viewers is that younger aged Muslims are becoming radicalized and much less receptive to their host nation than their own parents or grandparents generation are, those who came to Britain decades ago. Enclaves are forming in many European cities where Muslims insist Sharia law be followed, that they are exempt from the laws and culture of their host countries. Of course, some Muslims show a measure of gratitude to the advantages of living in a secular, stable society.
The head of the European Council said that what we have seen so far is ‘the tip of the iceberg’ as far as the numbers coming. It is clear that as the percentage of Muslim populations increase, either through migration or high birth rates, there will be radical change of a nature likely not to be so democratic or rational in European host countries. Muslim people adhere adamantly to the teachings of their prophet and holy book and will fight tooth and nail to preserve their own culture and teachings, regardless of where they live. Will Europe be courageous and sage enough to do the same for their own native populations?
Non-Western countries are even more two-faced about immigration. Saudi Arabia, for example, has not used its trillions of petrodollars to take in fellow Muslims from neighboring countries. But it has offered to build 200 mosques in Germany. The Saudis logically assume that unassimilated young male Muslim immigrants in Europe will be ripe for the Saudis’ own brand of extremist Islamic chauvinism and resistance to Western modernism.
Finally, someone in Europe with brain as to what is going on with this ME Syrian invasion. Orban is right. And most of my relatives in Hungary support him. These refugees are seeking economic relief not just relief from the war. Merkel and the Germans are fools. Muslims don’t assimilate. They congregate. And most in urban areas-its their culture. They are already changing the faces of EU cities one neighborhood at a time. 1.5 mil in Paris, 30% of Marseille and 22% of Stockholm. Some Brit cities have whole areas that are Muslim and the people in those areas pay more attention to Sharia law than British law.
Manfred Schmidt, head of the national Office for Migration and Refugees, resigned this month. He has been criticized for not accurately assessing the scope of the unfolding crisis and not ramping up the effort to deal with it.
…“The state has clearly nothing under control here,” said Leila El-Abcah, a volunteer with Moabit Helps, a refugee aid group in central Berlin. In the evenings, she is trying to guide some refugees on the streets to the private homes of people willing to offer them shelter for the night. “If it weren’t for the many volunteers,” she said, “nothing would work, everything would collapse.”
10:47 PM EST
Absolutely sickening. If 300,000 Germans decided to go to Saudi Arabia and demand welfare and housing, they would be immediately arrested and or just simply shot.
Whites altruism and good nature is being taken advantage of in this INVASION (and that is exactly what it is), wake up and ship them right back out of your country.
10:49 PM EST
This is really insane. Must be some kind of post Nazi guilt
10:46 PM EST
If the super efficient and wealthy Germans can’t handle this, what makes anyone think the smaller, poorer countries these “refugees” are being sent to will be able to?
10:40 PM EST [Edited]
This is an urgent situation affecting the old, infirm, infants and toddlers. The U.S. has shuttered many military bases right here In America and after the 2008 crash there are 10s of 1000s of large buildings, even shopping malls, abandoned and deteriorating. What is the problem with sheltering these homeless masses in shelters that we aren’t even using? I suspect if we help them start their own community they will build on our support to become our neighbors and friends.
10:48 PM EST
You know, the 9/11 terrorists were Western-educated, some in Germany. They developed a certain contempt for Western society by living in it.
10:43 PM EST
The problem is that they then become OUR problem. Give them a good nights sleep and a hot meal, and the next day they will be protesting, demanding that we recognize their rights, educate their children, blah blah blah.
Germany wants ‘em? Take ‘em. Just keep them over there. The last thing we want is a hundred thousand middle-eastern muslims that we know nothing about.
Maureen New York 6 hours ago
Why? There are large colonies of Muslims in France. They do not benefit France. Are they vibrant, welcoming communities or are they hostile, sullen crime ridden blights? Is that the Europe you want to see developed in the future?
Const NY 5 hours ago
Honestly, I am not sure how you can say this will be boon and not a burden. Going back to past articles in your paper, I have read about the Muslim communities in France that have failed to assimilate instead living in slums. I have read in your paper the stories of young college graduates in Spain, France and other European countries that cannot find permanent work. The unemployment rate for this group is said to be well above 20%, yet to seem to think, that European countries can absorb hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Finally, there have been the recent stories about the children of Muslim immigrants who have gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. How do you find this to be a boon?
Philip Pompano Beach, FL 6 hours ago
I think any country would be intimidated by a group of people who in general do not share their secular beliefs, coming in a mass of millions, and now starting to attempt to force their way in, if they are not allowed to enter in totally unlimited numbers. This is a cultural as well as an economic issue.
Pilgrim New England 6 minutes ago
Right now it is still summer time. Many newcomers to Europe have no homes to live in. Tents are being used to house some of them. Others are sleeping on the sidewalks or in parks and public transportation areas. Then what happens when harsh winter comes? Where will these newcomers get jobs? Learn a new language and skills? Go to what schools? And then there are 100,000′s on their way, expected before years end. How are they all to be sheltered? Fed? Clothed properly? It’s all well and exciting to invite guests and put out the welcome mat but there may be a time where this block party is not going to end very well.
Perhaps some countries have a different sense of reality and don’t want to throw open the doors to their hard earned and newfound sovereignty. Which also includes human rights and freedoms.
Forced integration is never a very good idea, anywhere.
Where in the Muslim world are they forced to accept Christians? Some very picky ones at that. Oh I don’t want to live in that country, I want to live in that other one. What the what?
The cold season is coming soon followed with much bitter discontent. And possibly riots/violence and civil unrest.
Pivinca Baltimore 9 minutes ago
Few seem to remember that large swaths of the Kingdom of Hungary were occupied and colonized by the Ottoman empire from 1541 to 1699. Suleiman the Magnificent laid siege to Vienna in 1529 and almost won. The Ottomans controlled the Balkans (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro…) until the middle or the end of the 19th century. Eastern Europe has had to deal with Muslim imperialism for centuries.
Regulareater San Francisco 4 hours ago
The East European countries, from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland down to Slovakia and Hungary, were the countries from which millions of Jews were taken to their deaths. In some, and particularly Slovakia and Hungary, there was active cooperation in dispatching families who had lived as neighbors for generations. These countries were not always so homogeneous. Now they refuse the Syrians because they are not “Christian”. Have they no shame? Syria has one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and desperate though the refugees might presently be, they are educated and sophisticated people. They will contribute much to the countries where they are allowed to settle. One wonders what the East European countries contribute to the European Union in exchange for the subsidies many of them receive.
Coffee Joe New Jersey 2 hours ago
I’ve got an idea. Let’s bring you down to one of the many ‘no-go zones’ in France, Germany or the UK, perhaps then you’ll understand their so-called ‘contributions’.
DAK CA 4 hours ago
Southern East European countries suffered a 600+ year brutal occupation under the Ottoman empire. The memory of that occupation persists in Eastern Europe (e.g., the Skull Tower in Niš, Serbia). The resistance of Eastern Europeans to taking these refugees in understandable because of their history.
Europe will regret taking in these refugees. They will poorly integrate. They will have a high unemployment rate. They will be disgruntled. They will be angry. They will be violent. This grim prognosis has already been proven in France.
The Arab work has systematically been killing and driving Christians and Jews out of Arab countries since World War II. The Arab world should compensate for their historical treatment of Christians and Jews by taking in Muslim refugees.
The problem of large numbers of Islamic immigrants arriving in Europe each year, is serious enough in itself. Currently, the Muslim population is believed to exceed ten percent in France, and in all major European countries it has reached the five per cent mark some time ago. It may be true that, as some critics of the ‘Eurabia’ thesis reassuringly note, a less than ten per cent total for western Europe as a whole is not alarmingly great, because their influence on society as whole is negligible even if they pose grave problems by themselves. But this is to ignore the long-term evolution: since 2000, the Islamic population in Europe and the United States has almost doubled, and there is no reason to assume that this trend will not continue in the next decades; already, it can be predicted with certainty that some major European cities will have a Muslim majority some years from now. Arguments to counter this prediction are unconvincing and, mostly, simply ignore reality: Muslim birth-rates may be slowly declining, but as Muslim communities in the west become larger and form their own closed systems, impervious to western influence, this decline is already becoming less marked. Second, even with declining birth rates, there is not much hope if immigration continues as it does today, legal as well as illegal. It has been estimated that in the worst case of the United Kingdom, about two hundred thousand immigrants arrive each year, undoubtedly for a large part Muslims, and Sweden is actively encouraging immigrants and expects to receive another forty thousand of them this year. In total, more than a million immigrants are still arriving in Europe annually, and current democratic policies and standards can in no way suffice to stem this avalanche. Europe will probably only be shaken out of complacency when it is too late, and the apparatus of state coercion will already partly be dominated by the Islamic community.
European Concerns Over Muslim Immigration Go Mainstream
by Soeren Kern August 15, 2011 at 5:00 am
A new opinion survey shows that more than half of all Europeans believe there are too many immigrants in their countries and that immigration is having a negative impact on their lives.
The findings – which come as Europeans are waking up to the consequences of decades of mass immigration from Muslim countries – point to a growing disconnect between European voters and their political masters regarding multicultural policies that encourage Muslim immigrants to remain segregated rather than become integrated into their host nations.
The survey results mirror the findings of dozens of other recent polls. Taken together, they provide ample empirical evidence that scepticism about Muslim immigration is not limited to a “right-wing” political fringe, as proponents of multiculturalism often assert. Mainstream voters across the entire political spectrum are now expressing concerns about the role of Islam in Europe.
In February, the Turkish intelligence service warned police in an internal memo that up to 3,000 trained jihadists are seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, who could then travel through Bulgaria and Hungry into western Europe. And in May, a Libyan government adviser warned Islamic State operatives were being “smuggled to Europe in migrant boats.”
At the time of the comments, UKIP leader Nigel Farage warned: “When ISIS say they want to flood our continent with half a million Islamic extremists they mean it, and there is nothing in this document [Common European Asylum Policy] that will stop them.
“I fear we face a direct threat to our civilisation if we allow large numbers of people from that war torn region into Europe.”
Before it’s too late, if not so now, who will be the next Charles Martel?
Police Warn of No-Go Zones in Germany
“When I say that steps must be taken to ensure immigrants comply with rules and regulations, I’m immediately branded as a far right extremist. But order is exactly what is needed.” — Volker Mosblech, Duisburg City Councilman.
Spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by immigrants from the Middle East and the Balkans are turning parts of Duisburg, a key German industrial city, into “areas of lawlessness” — areas that are becoming de facto “no-go” zones for police, according to a confidential police report that was leaked to the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.
The report, produced by the police headquarters of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany (and also the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany), warns that the government is losing control over problem neighborhoods and that the ability of police to maintain public order “cannot be guaranteed over the long term.”
In October 2010, Der Spiegel published an article — “Large Arab Families: The State Cowers in Fear of Criminal Clans” — which warned of the emergence in Germany of a “parallel society of criminality” run by “immigrant mafia clans with thousands of members” who are “taking advantage of legal loopholes, social welfare services and international contacts with dominant organized crime groups.” The article said the state was helpless to confront the problem because German authorities were “pussyfooting around.”
According to a security document obtained by the paper and read by top-level agency personnel, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”
The newspaper wrote that security sources warn that “the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies.”
The term “parallel societies” in Germany is frequently defined as insulated Muslim communities that have little or no contact with mainstream society.
10:11 PM EDT
What the WP and all other media won’t tell you is that the vast majority of asylum claims in Germany are from Kosovars. Kosovo has been at peace for over a decade. Asylum and refugee claims are notoriously flaky. Germans have a right to be very angry about what their govt is doing. Their culture and nation could be gone completely in just a few decades.
London is like Mosul: Christians have Vanished
The migrant crisis is dividing Germany all over again
8:54 AM EST [Edited]
This will do to Europe what the Turks failed to do in the late Middle Ages. Islam will become normalized as it has been done in France. The fall of Europe will not be far behind. Ignorance and intolerance will reign again from a different fachist religion.
8:34 AM EST [Edited]
Soon those lovely sectarian/tribal savage ware-fares of the middle east will become common in Europe at this rate of Islamification, you thought train attacks were bad, get ready for full out conflict between Christian/Secular forces and muslims.
6:27 AM EST
Euro “leaders,” political elite, and thought police have been shaming into silence tens of millions of European citizens with genuine and realistic concerns about immigration. These ordinary people from Germany to France to Great Britain to Scandinavia and elsewhere have been decried as “backward,” “bigots,” “racists,” “Islamophobes,” etc. For several decades now they’ve been abused or laughed at; certainly marginalized. The mainstream political parties have eschewed taking up those people’s concerns for fear they, too, will fall foul of the (pseudo)liberal media and vocal N.G.O. elites.
This is the result, and it’s just the beginning. People who have no “legitimate” outlet for their grievances and frustrations and who are cajoled into silence keep bottling it all up… – until it explodes in the ugliest ways possible.
Europe’s supposed “leaders” have been admitting literally millions of illegal phony “refugees” (almost all Moslems, almost all uneducated and unskilled, many hostile) over the past few years. They come on the heels of tens of millions Moslems already in Europe, most of whom are poorly, if at all, integrated.
Europe is headed toward major strife. Give it a decade or two, and it’ll be a miracle if a civil war has not erupted by then.
5:08 AM EST
“When the state arrogantly does as it sees fit without considering the views of the inhabitants”
93% of the Germans support sheltering the victims of war and civil war.
Sorry, but it is you who does not consider the viewpoint of the Germans.
6:30 AM EST
Small problem: Those arriving to Germany, having passed through at least a half a dozen safe countries, are not “victims of war and civil war.” A genuine refugee seeks out the first safe country to resettle. For an Afghan, Eritrean, or even Syrian that cannot possibly be Germany.
They’re all economic migrants and should be kicked out. A refugee from Syria has Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, etc. No two guesses why they chose not to go to THOSE Islamic “paradises.”
Up to 70,000 Muslims attended morning prayers at Small Heath Park in Birmingham today to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan
flyingbuttress 8 hours ago It only seems like yesterday when this was a decent British country to live in with a traditional and historical shared cultural heritage. Most people and children had respect, self discipline and a sense of personal responsibility and marriage was between a man and a woman. Is there any other legitimate kind ? Most people spoke English. And many of our cities and towns were not infested by Asian Muslim paedo gangs and/or resembled Eastern Europe. Banter could be exchanged without some group or another looking for and taking offence. Christian nurses, as an extension of their chosen caring vocation, could pray for a dying or very ill patient without getting the sack. Women were women and not, as some now are, part of the feminista wimmins collective of man haters and spokespersons or fellow travellers for LGBT. And a man was a man and not now, as many have become, limp wristed luvvies or contemplating having their balls cut off; literally and metaphorically speaking or wondering whether to wear a frock or a skirt..
And why , I wonder, did David Thomas choose this particular pop group for emblematic remembrance ? It was a piece of filth then and still is. perhaps David Thomas has a prediliction for John Thomas ?
Yes, how time flies, when the nation is falling apart.
Italians revolt against migrant ‘invasion’
The Second Fall of Rome
All Roads may lead to Rome, but they are full of potholes
Europe identity at risk as migrant tensions rise: Italy
How the fall of Qaddafi gave rise to Europe’s migrant crisis
Under Qaddafi, Libya worked closely with Europe to harshly stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. But the country’s chaos has upended that.
By Dan Murphy, Staff writer APRIL 21, 2015
Two horrible tragedies in or at least near Libya: Up to 800 migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa die after their boat sinks off the coast, and 30 migrants are murdered by the so-called Islamic State on the shore in the troubled country.
Libya’s chaos has once more made it a major way station for Africans seeking a better life, as the European Union grapples with the morality of cutting back on patrols to rescue migrants. The argument for doing less is that increasing the risk of crossing the Mediterranean would save lives. Word that there was no safety net would filter back to people, many of them fleeing persecution, and they’d stop coming.
“We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean,” British Foreign Office Minister Joyce Anelay said last year. Rescues have “an unintended ‘pull factor,’ encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths,” she argued.
It clearly hasn’t worked out that way, as The Christian Science Monitor’s Nick Squires wrote in March:
Last year, a record 170,000 refugees flooded across the Mediterranean, traveling in large part out of Libya and arriving in Italy. In January, more than 3,500 refugees and migrants reached Italy from Libya, a 60 percent increase from January 2014. They come from all over Africa and the Middle East.
The Eritreans are fleeing a brutal regime which dragoons young men into military conscription and maintains a semi-permanent war footing with neighboring Ethiopia. Syrians and Iraqis are fleeing the war and atrocities committed by the self-described Islamic State, Palestinians the open prison that is Gaza, and West Africans the crushing poverty that has framed many of their lives … The vast majority of refugees make for Libya, where a power vacuum since the 2011 fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi has enabled gangs of human traffickers to flourish …
“Everyone in Libya is armed now,” says Djiby Diop, a 20-year-old from Senegal who spent three months in Libya dodging gunmen. “If you don’t work for them, they shoot you. If you don’t give them all your money, they shoot you. Or they shoot you just for fun.”
In some corners of Europe, there is a callousness and contempt for the migrants. Columnist Katie Hopkins called them “cockroaches” in The Sun, Britain’s largest-circulating newspaper, on Friday.
“Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care,” she wrote. “What we need are gunships sending these boats back to their own country. You want to make a better life for yourself? Then you had better get creative in Northern Africa.”
The callousness is far uglier in Libya itself, where local gangs prey on migrants, and racism against darker-skinned Africans is common.
The migration crisis in its current iteration stems, in part, from the fall of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi. In 2010, Europe was moving quickly to normalize relations with the former dictator. Oil interests played a role, but so did the desire of many European nations to outsource migrant control to the North African country.
Libya’s coast has a long history of sending people – willing and unwilling – to Europe and the Americas. Ports like Tripoli and Benghazi were the final stops for medieval slave-trading caravans from the African interior until the 19th century. In recent decades, migrants have shoved off for Italy and Spain in rickety fishing boats, with Libyan officials looking the other way.
Mr. Qaddafi was well aware of European alarm at the rising tide of migrants in his final years in power. He used it as a powerful wedge to improve his own standing. Back to 2004, Qaddafi began making deals with individual European states to control the tide of migrants. In August 2010, he visited his friend Silvio Berlusconi, then president of Italy, in Rome and said Europe would turn “black” without his help.
“Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European, and even black, as there are millions who want to come in,” Qaddafi said. “What will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans … we don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions.”
Qaddafi had a handy solution. He offered to shut down his country and its coastal waters to the job seekers in exchange for €5 billion a year. He pointed to his work with Italy as proof he could get the job done. In June 2009, he signed a “friendship” agreement with Italy that involved joint naval patrols against migrants and Italy handing over migrants captured en route to Europe to Libya, no questions asked. The number of Africans caught trying to illegally enter Italy fell by more than 75 percent that year.
By the end of the year Qaddafi had struck a more modest €50 million deal. Internment camps were built and watchtowers erected on the beaches. There was little concern with how Qaddafi went about his business and there were frequent reports of rape and theft by Libyan security services.
When the uprising against Qaddafi began in early 2011, the situation only grew worse for the African migrants. Many rebel groups were convinced that any foreign African in the country were mercenaries for Qaddafi and hundreds were executed. I met a group of such so-called “mercenaries” – some shoeless, all poor and underfed and insisting they were only seeking jobs – held captive by rebels outside Benghazi that spring.
In the years since, Libya’s lawlessness has made traveling through the country even more dangerous and unpredictable. The videotaped mass execution of Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants carried out by the so-called Islamic State makes that clear enough. Yet still people go, and the UN refugee agency is now calling the recent shipwreck the deadliest it has ever recorded.
According to survivors interviewed by UNHCR, the boat departed from Tripoli in Libya on Saturday morning with some 850 people on board, including 350 Eritreans and others from Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast, and Ethiopia. As the agency reported:
UNHCR staff in Catania said the survivors looked tired and nervous. Aid workers presented them with clothes and food. “The fear in the eyes of one man, his head lowered and hands stuffed into his pockets, is plain to see,” wrote Kate Bond, a writer for UNHCR. “One survivor told UNHCR staff that there were children aboard the boat. So far, none of them have been found, although search-and-rescue operations at the site continue,” she added.
It’s hard to imagine that boatloads of African migrants are being filled in Tripoli without some of the militias that control the city taking a cut from the people smugglers. The Tunisian captain of the vessel that sank over the weekend is now in Italian custody and has been charged with murder. But in Libya, there’s money to be made and few consequences for the gunmen who control the ports. For Europe, there’s no prospect of a new Qaddafi to act as warden.
A prophet yet an outcast: 100 years after his birth Enoch Powell has been vindicated on a host of crucial issues
db, essex, 3 years ago
He was right about everything just look at britain today, the future scares me it will be the end of a once great country.
Muslim men having ’20 children each’ because of polygamy, peer claims
Decline of European Civilization