In Mare Andiamo

I am a man well endowed…with cynicism. So much so that half of it usually just goes to waste. A shame really. Though there’s always a new pump to replenish the reservoir. And while the story that follows is a few days old, I can assure it will rekindle any flagging despair that native hope for your people may have doused.

Have you heard of the Italian Navy’s Mare Nostrum maritime operation? It is a project whereby admirals scour the Mediterranean in search of infiltrating foreign craft. Upon intercept, Italian cruisers bring the occupants on board, feed and clothe them, inoculate against rabies, and then return them safely where they belong…in Italy. For no logical reason, I was incredulous. As with so many other modern examples of madness, it’s difficult not to imagine the increasingly squandered efforts of our progenitors. Consider those who fought and died at the Battle of Lepanto. For what did they sacrifice when their posterity offers not defense of their home, but a free ride into it? Some excerpts from the story.

Amid flood of refugees to Europe, Italy opens a back door

At ground zero is Italy, by far the largest gateway for migrants into Europe with a record 119,839 people arriving since January, according to the Italian Interior Ministry — already more than double the 42,000 total for 2013.

Human rights groups have criticized other gateway nations — chiefly Greece and Spain — for summary pushbacks or ill treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers. Italy, too, once repelled migrants and cut deals with authoritarian regimes in North Africa to stop them before they left. It still has agreements with Egypt and Tunisia to return migrants from those nations unless they are minors or can prove that they are being persecuted.

But arrivals are surging as Italy embraces what activists and refugee agencies describe as one of the world’s most progressive policies toward migrants.

Migrants

Migrants

Progress

Progress

Our Sea.

It started last year after a series of shipwrecks off Sicily’s coast killed more than 500 migrants. In what Italian authorities call a key turning point, Pope Francis flew to the site of one tragedy, providing Italians with what some here describe as a new moral compass.

The Pope's safe and secure moral compass

The Pope’s safe and secure moral compass

“Who has wept for the deaths of these brothers and sisters?” Frances said last year on the Italian island of Lampedusa, after a sinking migrant vessel off the coast had gone unaided. “Who has wept for the people who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who wanted something to support their families with?”

An a Italian woman Francis has not publicly wept for

Who wept for this Italian woman?

Now, at a cost of more than $12 million a month, the Italian navy is conducting massive interdiction and rescue operations in Europe’s single-busiest corridor for migrant traffic — the central Mediterranean. Rescued migrants are brought to port in Italy, offered medical treatment, food, water and temporary shelter. Instead of immediate deportation, the vast majority are granted legal aid to make formal requests for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection. This year, Italian laws were changed to decriminalize migrants, who once faced the prospect of jail time and fines before deportation.

Once in Italy, however, most do not stay here. Rather, the Italians have adopted a don’t-ask, don’t-tell policy on their plans once they arrive. From shelters, where migrants enjoy relative freedom of movement, most leave within the first few nights, continuing their journeys north to countries such as Germany and Sweden that offer lucrative aid to asylum-seekers lucky enough to make it that far.

Don't ask, don't tell

Don’t ask, don’t tell

The program has its detractors, with other European nations and domestic critics saying that Italy, by aiding migrants at sea, is partly to blame for encouraging more and more dangerous crossings. So lax is the Italian entry procedure, critics contend, that criminals, even terrorists, could be slipping through Italian nets.

As arrivals approach 1,000 migrants per day, Italy is now overwhelmed, and Mare Nostrum faces an uncertain future. The island of Sicily — the first port of call for the majority of migrants — has declared a state of emergency. Cash-strapped Italian authorities have suggested that they may end the program by autumn. Last month, the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, pledged to ramp up regional support for the Italian effort. But the scope of their aid remains in doubt.

“If Mare Nostrum ends, it would be a human catastrophe,” said Carlotta Bellini, head of child protection for Save the Children Italy, which is aiding young migrants in Sicily and the Italian mainland. “These are desperate people. They will try to come anyway, and more of them will die.”

A human catastrophe

A human catastrophe

The maladaptive moral preening that nature will indulge is not infinite. The Italian government’s first and foremost responsibility is to the Italian people and securing the safety of they and their posterity. It is almost impossible to fathom the myopia required to undertake this migration incentivizing operation in that context. For of course it will draw innumerable waves of others behind these. Others who, surely some Italians must comprehend, will busily set about recreating the very environments they fled. Though in the future it will be Italy’s own children casting about for sanctuary. And when there are no remaining Westerners in the West, to where will they flee?

In Mare Andiamo.

13 thoughts on “In Mare Andiamo

    • I’m Italian, and I’m quite active and vocal in my opposition to mass immigration. What I noticed is that more and more people are openly anti mass immigration… even on the net, people have absolutely no fear of openly attacking this sort of policy and very little fear of being considered racists. I can take a walk and hear people complain about this absurdity. I’d bet good money that reasonable people are the majority. This changes absolutely nothing, those in power are completely uncaring of what people think, they just accuse opponents of being “scared of change”* and proceed right on. At least after months of ferocious indignation we managed to get Kyenge (the gary coleman lookalike congolese Minister) out of the Government, we’ll see what the future holds. The feeling is that more and more people are getting seriously pissed off. And I live in Northern Italy, southerners are genetically predisposed to violent and virulent racism and feel very little need to conform to politically correct thoughts (though they use the immigrants as slaves and they get beaten by the various mafias if they cause problems)

  1. Ahh crazy.

    In Cyprus there is also a immigrant problem, not ALL of them are problems. But one thing that makes my blood boil hot, is when immigrants say how generally, they do not like Greeks or Cypriots. How we are a “opressive, fascist, sexist” people.

    If you decided you say, out loud, in a normal company of people, that “generally”, you do not like immigrants, people will say are you a racist?

    At market recently I was talking to some foreigner women who were complaining that our men are all perverts because they press the horn on the cars when these women pass them at market.(women dressed in mini skirts….at market.) and so then generalize about ALL of our men, saying they are sexist.

    If they do not like our Mediterranean men – get out of our countries. It is quite simple, I have no intentions of moving to Pakistan, because I do not like their way of life and have no right to dictate to it. Yet foreigners think they have a right to steal our European way of life from us and express loudly that they do not like us, while feeding themselfes from the money OUR people in taxes.

    • Also, I am not sure if you read about it or not, but the british born Jihadists who left to fight for ISIS, some of them surrendered and the idiots in charge of UK decided to allow them back “home”, to deradicalize them. Mean while, they are stopping off and staying in the british bases of Cyprus, in comfortable living conditions, I am sure.

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/06/richard-barrett-mi6-isis-counter-terrorism

      The argument is, that the ISIS beheaders who repent can say valuable information to the UK. I sometimes think that the people who make this decisions have never read a book. Radical Muslims believe in the concept of Taqiyaa which gives them a holy right to lie to people who are not Muslims, so to protect their religion or political agenda.

      I am not the sharpest tool of the box, but, what is wrong with these people. It is not rocket science that their “deradicalization” will be met with taqiyyaa.

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/011-taqiyya.htm

      • I’m sorry,but ALL of them are a problem. If you accept the best of them, you also get the worst. That’s the bargain.
        I say none of them is best. Get with the program. Put yourself with your own. Don’t dither with others.

      • I’m sorry,but ALL of them are a problem. If you accept the best of them, you also get the worst. That’s the bargain.
        I say none of them is best. Get with the program. Put yourself with your own. Don’t dither with others.

    • If they do not like our Mediterranean men – get out of our countries

      Aga, I always enjoy hearing your perspective and anecdotes. Though as to the above, I would drop the leading contingency clause.

      “Get out of our countries.” The end. Ultimately either you or they will be leaving.

      As for the “raysis” scam, their feet belie their tongues revealing it yet again for the bullshit it is.

      “Please please let us come live with you, you oppressive monsters” is a line only those fully programmed can swallow.

      • Yes, I agree. I was not thinking clearly. (I had just been for dinner and had a glass of wine.)😀 .
        But it still makes me angry that they come to our countries and critisize our people.

        But I feel horrible to say they should ALL leave. Just think about the poor innocent babies who did not choose to be born to illegal immigrants. But it is sure that the immigration is out of control, and it needs to stop and people be sent home. But I worry how it will affect the babies and children of them.😦 . It is such a dilemma.

        (This is why I could never be politician LOL. I know rationaly what needs to be done but do not have the heart.)

  2. For example, I was watching on television a kurdish woman crying to news people saying Cyprus says she must go home. But she is holding a sweet baby in her arms, which hurts my heart and think, “to what conditions is that baby going back to?”. But I know it does not make sense in the big scheme of things, and it is not sensible to let them stay or our own babies suffer.

  3. This is why I could never be politician LOL. I know rationaly what needs to be done but do not have the heart.

    This is why we should never have let women vote in the first place.

    • I agree with you Analogman. I did vote on the vote on last year here because we could not risk another communist president, and every vote counts (when other women are also voting), but I would not particurlarly care if they took the vote from women. I do not know enough about politics to make a good decision vote maybe,, but as long as women have the vote I will place my vote so leftism does not win again.

  4. What we are seeing is genocide. It’s not a “humanitarian crisis”, because it could be prevented from happening in the first place if the traitors who rule Italy chose to do so. All it would take is to turn away all people who aren’t entering the country legally, confiscating their money and property to finance their deportation where possible. Before deportation, they could be prosecuted and fined for illegal entry, as the law already allows. A few weeks of such strict enforcement, and the flow of invaders would dry up.

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