We've discussed the so-called 'refugee' crisis in Europe on several occasions. I argue that most of those involved aren't 'refugees' at all - they're economic migrants, overwhelming 'normal' migration routes and procedures by sheer weight of numbers and desperation for a better life.
Max Hastings argues that this influx might lead to war in Europe. Here's an excerpt.
... the earthquakes shaking the Middle East, together with the scale of economic migration from Africa, could undo all our comfortable assumptions about the stability of the society in which we live, including our confidence that Europe has turned its back on war for ever.
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The threat posed by mass population movement is huge and intractable ... Tens of millions of people in Africa ... aspire to move to Europe in search of a better life, and huge numbers are already crossing the Mediterranean via Libya, Algeria and Tunisia.
The entire Middle East is in a ferment, and it is impossible to see any reason why peace should be restored any time soon.
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We should recognise that the old state borders of most of the embattled countries, notably including Iraq and Libya, are almost certainly defunct. They will fragment into statelets dominated by the local tribe or warlord.
Moreover, it is hard to see any course of action that can stem the flow of migrants to the West, the foremost concern for most of the people who inhabit our continent. Only a proportion of the incomers are fleeing from the immediate consequences of violence. A far larger number, according to every survey conducted in Europe, come from places where there is no war. They simply seek better lives.
The physical difficulties of preventing them from coming are immense ... The people on these odysseys are driven by motivations and passions more intense than most of us can imagine. They see our societies offering a wealth and security unimaginable in their homelands. They embrace the most desperate dangers to reach our shores.
At present, the governments of Europe have no credible and coherent policies for checking or halting the flood, beyond creating some frail fences on the Eastern margins.
Mass migration now poses the gravest threat to Europe’s stability and tranquillity since the end of the Cold War, and arguably since 1945.
Unless it is checked, over the coming decades it promises to change the character and make-up of all our societies on a scale to make past immigration seem trivial.
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We are witnessing the beginning — and it is only the beginning — of a game-changing shift of populations, which if it continues unchecked will over the next half-century change all our societies for ever.
Maybe our children’s generation will be content to live with such a transformation. Maybe we can avoid the wars my friend in Washington fears. But our politicians should at least be telling the nation just how profound the coming upheaval threatens to be.
There's more at the link.
As if to echo Mr. Hastings' concerns comes news that the 'Latest Survey Finds 25% of French Teenagers Are Muslims'. Ethnic French citizens have already become minorities in some suburbs and areas of their own country - and the newcomers are violently resisting and protesting against assimilation into French society and culture. Instead, they're demanding to be allowed to live according to the norms of the societies and cultures from which they come. The same is evident in Sweden.
Vox Day points out the obvious.
Civilization is not land or buildings. It is not technology or infrastructure. It is people. The Greeks understood this. The Romans understood this. Import enough uncivilized people, allow enough barbarians entry, and your society will become uncivilized.
This doesn't mean civilization is dying, as some would have it. Such barbarization is not merely reversible, it is easily reversed. It merely requires changing the authorities that presently rule the West, which will happen. The only question is when.
And in another article:
The amount of blood that is going to be on the hands of the multiculturalists is going to be absolutely astonishing. The anti-fascists and multiculturalists and diversity advocates are creating more Nazis around the world than Hitler ever did.
And no amount of name-calling is going to dissuade them. If the deportations do not begin soon, the death camps will become inevitable. That's how it works. That is how it has always worked, going back to Assyria, Carthage, and Rome.
I'm here to tell you, Vox is absolutely right. I've seen it at first hand in Africa, where the cognoscenti gravely called it 'tribal conflict'. Well, that's precisely what we're seeing in Europe right now. We no longer speak of 'tribes' there, but of 'nations' and 'peoples' and 'cultures' - but they're tribes all right. The French are, basically, descendants of the Franks; the Germans of the Huns and Goths and Vandals; the Italians of the Romans, Etruscans, Samnites, Carthaginians, etc. Those ancient tribal rivalries might be long forgotten by today's people, but they're still simmering under the surface. Watch a soccer match between teams from those nations, and see how the fans behave towards each other. It's pretty convincing.
The various tribes of the Islamic and African worlds are running head-on into Europe's domestic tribes. The outcome is almost certain to be bloody. We'll see who wins.