Je suis Strasbourg… Welcome to our new Europe
It is with a heavy heart that I read the latest reports emanating from Strasbourg. Three dead and more than a dozen injured in a vile terrorist attack at Strasbourg’s famed Christmas market, which attracts thousands of visitors at this time of year. At the time of writing, the killer is still at large; a 29-year-old who was already known to the French security services as a possible terrorist threat.
Ironically, the attack was carried out while global political bigwigs were finalising the UN Global Compact for Migration Conference in Marrakech which seeks to adopt the pact for safe, orderly and regular migration… In other words, elevating migration to a human right. A number of countries, including the United States, pulled out of the accord — many citing a possible threat to national sovereignty.
During her speech in the same conference, Germany’s Saint Merkel was in her typical virtue-signalling mode, declaring that the UN was founded after the second world war and spoke of the “incredible suffering on humankind” wrought by the Nazi regime. Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, whose coalition government split over his support for the pact,insisted that signing would place “my country … on the right side of history”.Now if there ever was an overused and abused cliché, this is it. Right side of history? Which side? The side which suffers from acute tunnel vision and is slowly eroding the safety of European citizens, burdening public coffers in the process, all for the sake of atonement of past European sins?
Perhaps this is the price Europeans must pay for the past excesses of colonialism (though by the same criteria, our history absolves us Maltese of all sins), but Europe cannot be held hostage for the wrong doings of its forefathers forever. The global pact outlines some 23 objectives to enable legal migration and discourage illegal border crossings. So, in essence, not only will the scourge of illegal migration continue, because let’s get real, no pact, agreement or conference will successfully put a stop to it, but numbers making their way to Europe will now also be monumentally inflated through the legal recourse opened up by this pact.
Of course, for the powers that be, safely ensconced in their institutional cocoons, their latest intervention is the height of virtue signalling. It is a false attempt at reconciling with the guilt of the past,wherein people who have suffered through the indignities of war and poverty, are given the chance of a ‘new life’ well away from their country of origin. It is another attempt at globalisation, wherein integration and multi-culturalism are seen as the ideal. But if history is to be believed, when and where has this ever been successful? Yet, we persist in flogging what is by now a redundant,dangerous ideal…
Apologists say migration can help national economies by rejuvenating the workforce in aging rich countries and vociferously advocate the mindset that migration will save lives. A quick study of the stereotypical refugee reaching Europe, eradicates this. Where are the underfed toddlers, with distended bellies and dead eyes who are clinging on for dear life? Where are the women and children, the most likely and immediate victims of war and poverty? Instead Europe has seen and will see an even bigger influx of young,able-bodied men who will inadvertently try to impose the same cultural restrictions on the communities they are thrust upon; the same cultural mindsets they themselves have fled.
If the past monitoring of incoming immigrants is anything to go by, this ‘saving of lives’ lark is nothing but an exercise in futility; lives are saved in war-torn areas, only to endanger the lives of Europeans on a daily basis, with the Strasbourg attack being the latest case in point. Apart from the very clear and present danger this free-for-all mindset represents, there are other perhaps less fatal considerations, issues which still usurp the quality of life of most Europeans, issues which the good and the great are doing their utmost to ignore. We have come to point in our history that for the sake of not upsetting this imposed new world order, we are accepting everything, including values which go against everything we believe in, in the name of multiculturalism and diversity (this being the latest buzzword).
No one dares to challenge the status quo for fear of being labelled a racist or worse, but all over Europe, governments are turning a blind eye to ‘foreign’ communities whose values are diametrically opposite to the liberal and tolerant values of the continent, a stance that is having us accept every alternative culture and custom that comes our way. Forced marriages, the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation, Muslim enclaves where Sharia law displaces civil law… If people want to live their lives according to a code set down by their God, tradition or culture of choice, then by all means. In Europe people are free to do whatever their heart desires, as long as this doesn’t conflict with the law of the land. But there is nothing liberal, modern and least of all charitable in welcoming medieval mindsets within our midst.
Once upon a time, not too long ago, South Africa was operating apartheid, a despicable political system which we rightly condemned.We weren’t expected then to accept this atrocity as a ‘cultural’ diversion in values, were we? Yet, today, we are force fed the notion that we can and must accept whole communities within our midst, wherein, for example, women are treated as second class citizens, just because it is part of their ‘culture’.The problem, as I see it, is not the actual numbers who will inevitably reach our shores, but it is the submissive stance we have adopted when faced with the erosion of all the European values we hold dear. Unless a collective and genuine effort is made by Europe to compel all its citizens to abide by the laws of the land, those same values our forefathers have so valiantly shed blood for, would be all but lost.
Meanwhile, let us light another candle in memory of the fallen and fool ourselves that there will be no more Strasbourgs…