When the post mortem of the 21st century’s great Western Migrant Wars is finally penned, they will be viewed with the same horror and astonishment as preceding European fratricides. So much tears and blood that straggling foreigners had to breast-stroke through brackish gullies. And all so evilly avoidable. There was nothing other than to control ancient borders. A chore that had come within the easy mastery of even field peasant half-wits. But not enlightened Western man, whose children’s misery was nothing to his own morality.
Of course a man can’t give away a country that isn’t his exclusively to give–no matter how exquisite the shivers. And so others in rightful possession rose up. I’ve written before on the notion that diversity counterintuitively generates more venom within groups than between. That post was one of the most popular we’ve written, though not so much that it was likely recalled 48 hours later. So to reiterate, diversity + proximity = war. Intra-group war foremost.
This principle is on poignant display in the video below. The archives of this ongoing treason expand daily, and I’m sure this one isn’t the most wrenching. But it is a writ-small prelude to the great state vs. nation conflicts to come. In it a group of local German townspeople attempt to halt a convoy of colonists under police escort. Their desperation and fury are palpable.
Get away from here!
(Police) I will mace you!
You’re fighting your own people!
Why aren’t you shooting? Come on, Shoot us!
Go ahead, shoot your own people!
We don’t want them here. They’re destroying our country!
We’re the ones paying your paycheck!
You’re destroying our future…our children’s future!
All you do is destroy!
If you have any honor left in you, shoot us. Go ahead!
Shoot us, go ahead, shoot us!
(Police) Clear the street.
You’re fighting your own people!
Come on, draw your batons…traitors!
(Police) Draw your batons if there’s no other way.
Get out! Get out! Get out!
It is likely their invitations to open fire will eventually be well received. And that will be civil war. The men fighting it on behalf of the state do so in opposition to their own fathers and sons. Perhaps some will reflect on the fact that the “just following orders” defense has a poor track record in culminating tribunals.
Though obviously not everyone views the situation with such trepidation. Predictable outlets offered a note of lie back and enjoy it triumphalism.
“I don’t think this wave can stop,” said Sonja Licht of the International Center for Democratic Transition. “It can maybe from time to time be somewhat less intensive, we simply have to prepare. The global north must be prepared that the global south is on the move, the entire global south. This is not just a problem for Europe but for the whole world.”
That’s demonstrably false. The global south being “on the move” is only and exclusively a problem for those countries whose machine guns and electrified fences aren’t functional. But of course such sentiments are barbaric. Anyone who wants a better life is entitled to another man’s inheritance to get it. Besides, these migrants from Africa and Afghanistan are fleeing war in Syria.
Ibrahim Isahaq, 18, from Ghana, was among those migrants who came through Serbia in October, attracted by news of how easy passage had become. He was simply fleeing a family feud over a disputed inheritance.
And now probate refugees.
But look, we have to keep these numbers in perspective. Europe can absorb this influx–even if it’s not under an iota of moral obligation to do so. How many are we talking?
There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — 60 million in all— and they are on the march in numbers not seen since World War II. They are coming not just from Syria, but from an array of countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, even Haiti, as well as any of a dozen or so nations in sub-Saharan and North Africa. They are unofficial ambassadors of failed states, unending wars, intractable conflicts.
Nor is it only the Middle East and North Africa that European leaders need to consider. The Gallup Poll, based on data compiled from more than 450,000 interviews in 151 nations from 2009 to 2011, found that in Nigeria, which already has double the population of Germany, 40 percent of people would emigrate to the West if they could. And the lesson of 2015 — for them and much of the world — is that they can.
Oh, only 40 percent of some seven billion. That’s going to make for some very early German retirements, indeed. Though the thing about stealing another man’s country is that you can right up until you can’t. And when that change comes just remember, Europeans are only trying to make a better life for themselves.