Europe wakes up. Well, parts of it anyway.
In the greatest concerted propaganda exercise in history, newspapers, television outlets, and the internet in both America and Europe are filled with pictures of crying children separated from their “parents” (maybe), and Africans bobbing helplessly on dinghies in the Mediterranean — as if some great natural disaster had occurred.
It has. Under the buzzword cloak of “migration” — a word especially chosen to remind Americans of their legal immigrant forebears, and Europeans of their collective lack of “diversity” — is a relentless assault on national sovereignty and political borders. It’s cudgeled by “racism” and blessed by “tolerance” in order to achieve the Left’s goal of One Worldism in its purest form — a cultural-Marxist endeavor to improve the self-esteem of the Third World by bringing the industrialized, civilized First World down to its nasty, brutish level. In the meantime, they mean to swamp the legitimate immigration and asylum systems of both continents, render them helpless, and break them. Structures that had been put in place to deal with individuals, or with persecuted groups of people, have suddenly been targeted as the soft underbelly of Western compassion — the Cloward-Pivenstrategy writ large.
In Europe, Angela Merkel’s disastrous decision three years ago to allow (beg for, really) more than a million Muslim “migrants” into her country has put the Old Continent’s postwar certainties to the test, and has pitted its secular liberalism and social-welfare system against a group of largely inimical cultural aliens, whose “faith” has been challenging once-Christian Europe for more than a millennium, and which now sees a way to accomplish by infiltration what it never quite could by force of arms. Only in Eastern Europe, with its long experience of Islamic occupation and, more recently, Soviet communist occupation, was there a realization from the start the future of Europe depended on keeping Muslims on their side of their bloody borders. Otherwise, there will be no Europe.
Walsh quotes from an examination of the slowly-turning tide, which I won’t bother linking myself because it’s locked up behind a paywall:
Merkel may, by now, regret standing for re-election last year. There was a suspicion that she only did so to put things right in Euroland and ensure the history books would commend her open-door policy towards refugees. If so, that was a catastrophic misjudgment. The tide has now turned on migration — in Germany and across Europe. Those making the case for an open Europe are haunted and chastised. They are losing elections. Italy’s new coalition of left- and right-wing populists is a fiesta of political contradictions, but they share one simple goal: to stop the migration population from growing. They have little sympathy for Merkel and feel no obligation to offer help in her hour of need. As far as the Italians can work out, the verdict is in: Merkel was wrong and she’s lost.
Until recently, it was assumed that Merkel would last until the next German elections in three years’ time. Now, many are betting that she won’t even make it through the summer. Merkel asks for patience, but the CSU can’t afford to be sanguine given that it represents Bavaria, where frustration with her migration policy is at its greatest. Merkel says that Seehofer’s plans to turn back any migrant who has claimed asylum elsewhere in Europe would hurt EU solidarity. But Seehofer says he is certainly acting in solidarity, with Italy and Austria. There are now two kinds of European solidarity now: the Merkel type and the Kurz type.
To survive, Merkel must find a way to reconcile the two, but she is perhaps the only leader in Europe who thinks that is still possible. The last few years have underlined the growing importance many voters place on the nation state and its borders.
Back to Walsh for our closer:
What this entire saga on both sides of the Atlantic illustrates so vividly is the Left’s simultaneous contempt for the rule of law and its pettifogging insistence on “due process” for people who would have absolutely no entitlement to it had they remained in their home countries, as well as its reliance on emotionalism, real or faked, to subvert the territorial and population integrity of the U.S. and the European nation-states. At the first sign of pushback, they cry “racism,” which has long been their all-purpose rejoinder to anyone bold enough to mock their selfish moralism.
Then again, for the Left, “racism” is anything they want it to mean, even when — as with the “Muslim ban” — it has nothing to do with race. But that’s the Left for you, always projecting their own fearful racial stereotypes on others: mention the word “Muslim” and they immediately see a swarthy, sinister Arab in a burnoose, instead of a cultured Persian or a jet-setting member of the Ismaili sect, such as the Aga Khan.
But the times they are a-changing.
They’d damned sure better be. I still maintain that it’s far too late for Europe, and very nearly so here. Trump crashed the liberal/globalist party in the very nick of time, and if America proves not to be beyond salvage, it’ll be due entirely to that fortuitous arrival.