Historians will likely struggle to find analogies for the Italian shuttle service now operating off the coast of North Africa. It would be unlikely enough for an invaded people to offer such meticulous care to their antagonists that they would safely tow them back to their point of origin. Though to actively ferry them to Europe while only feet from the Maghreb is a thing that would grant Gibbon the grist for many additional chapters in his decline and fall series.
And historians wouldn’t be the only ones flummoxed by this behavior. While he has remained admirably stoic, one presumes that Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi must be livid at his comparatively shabby treatment by the Europeans at Tours. That he even had to manage his own logistics train without the aid of Soros-backed NGOs was insolence enough.
Though returning to the present…while observers could easily be dazzled by the sight of Italians primly shuttling their own replacements into Rome, it’s the mental frame that motivates this dance of decay that I’ll focus on. Half the western mindset, and all its state policy, is premised on external altruism. That is to say, we start asking what’s best for those most hostile, alien, and distant from us, and slowly work our way home. So slowly in fact that only the Visegrad governments ever actually get there.
As I have written many times previously, nations don’t actually form states for the benefit of foreign peoples. Franklin didn’t turn to Jefferson with the hope that their new republic would capably serve the residents of Arabia. And no man exhorts his peers after winning independence with: I certainly hope our children will receive no undue benefit from all this.
Though it is precisely this mentality that has come to hold sway for those ensconced within the priest caste. That is because external altruism is like a Hermes handbag: quite chichi for those well insulated from its costs. For those less sheltered, and thus less enthused by flamboyant expenditures on cultural couture, these priests and their institutions have justifiably come to be seen as the black mold that blooms in unventilated environments. Government being the most airless of all.
What’s so conspicuous about this psychic straitjacket is how firmly it remains even when attempting to solve the very problems it has caused. Consider this report on the EU’s new approach to African swamping:
No more Mr. Nice Guy – EU gets tough on African migrants
Yes, that’s the actual title. Reuters is apparently test-driving new comedy writers. But let’s see just how pitiless Euros are proposing to become…
At their summit, European Union leaders will agree to use money and trade to force African countries to curb emigration, in a shift towards a more hard-nosed joint foreign policy.
I doubt Martel would have agreed to his troops deploying tactics that diabolical.
The new approach – aimed at keeping people away from Europe – was first proposed by Italy, the main disembarkation point for Africa migrants. It is initially aimed at Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia and Mali.
Behind the diplomatic language lies a threat of cutting development aid and restricting trade with those African countries that do not cooperate before the next migration season starts in the spring.
Apart from the stick, there is also the carrot, which comes in the form of promises of more aid and preferential trade treatment under what Brussels calls migration “compacts”.
Migration season. That’s touching imagery. Ahh, how the marigolds bloom during migration season. It’s as if waves of Africans are as natural as the cycle of the tides.
But more relevantly, that “No more Mr. Nice Guy” actually turns out to be Plenty More Mr. Nice Bribe. That’ll show them. And of course when other third-world egg sacs see their peers receiving bags of money, they will want the same. Otherwise who can really say what humanitarian crisis may befall the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Surely the Italian government doesn’t want that possibility on its conscience. Best just to be safe and pay.
This transparent ludicrousness is the sort of thing not well seen from within Western state monasteries. Their ministers simply can not (or more accurately, are determined to never) conceive of European people having a valid claim on their own countries. So the problem created by cultivating foreign interests may only be addressed by solutions that also serve the same foreigners. Thus we must let them in segues predictably to we’ll pay them not to come. That’s going to become a lot of paying, though I suppose it could come out of Europe’s useless military budget.
But what of those who quite want Europe for their own and don’t receive or won’t accept the bribe? We’ll just have to figure out something else they’d like even more…maybe Hermes handbags? Certainly “you can’t come in” and “you will get out” do nothing for the people Western governments believe they exist to serve.
This revolving clown car of payments and piety will be a source of great merriment for the Chinese. Though none at all for the people of Europe and her diaspora. It is this ice-cold regard that is shifting the focus of millions rapidly back to the welfare of home. To country, nation, and family. To conserving the priceless inheritance of their forefathers before priests can sell it to strangers. External altruism has had its costly and unrequited run. “Is it good for us?” will be the future’s novel question.