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In 1974, former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne warned Europe in a speech at the UN : “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
“Soon we will take power in this country. Those who criticize us now, will regret it. They will have to serve us. Prepare, for the hour is near.” — Belgium-based imam in 1994.
Marie Simonsen, political editor of the Norwegian left-wing newspaper Dagbladet, wrote in March 2007 that it should be considered a universal human right for all people everywhere to migrate wherever they want to. This statement came just after a UN report had predicted a global population growth of several billion people to 2050, which amounts to a growth of more than one million people every week. It doesn’t take much skill to calculate that unlimited migration will spell certain death for a tiny Scandinavian nation such as Norway — not in a matter of generations, but theoretically even within a few weeks.
Ms. Simonsen is thus endorsing the cultural eradication and perhaps physical annihilation of her own people, and she does so almost as an afterthought, no doubt congratulating herself for her own tolerance. Her comments received no opposition from anyone in the media establishment; this silence could be construed as a demonstration that most of them share her views, or at least have themselves resigned to the fact that our death as a people is already inevitable.
Meanwhile, the EU is busy “combating” illegal immigration from Africa — by making it legal:
The European Union plans to open a job centre in Mali, in an experiment aimed at boosting the migration to the EU that is skilled, legal and temporary immigration from Africa. In return for assistance with legal “circular immigration” Frattini expects Mali to boost its cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration to the EU. If successful, the EU will establish a network of job centres across Africa. In the 1960s Germany introduced a similar scheme for Turkish ‘guest workers’ who came to do the jobs no one wanted. However the scheme never became the ‘circular migration’ that the German government envisaged, and tensions erupted when Turkish migrants demanded citizenship rights. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble told reporters he backed the new scheme because if the countries in question were going to help stem the flow of illegal immigration “you have to give something in return.” EU members France and Spain have recently signed such accords with Senegal, the jumping off point for many desperate immigrants heading for Spain’s Canary islands.
A study by the Royal Elcano Institute in Madrid argues that Europe may be on the brink of a flood of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, with potentially historic implications. Rickard Sandell, chief investigator for demography, reported: “Both economic and demographic data provide evidence that this is only the beginning of an immigration phenomenon that could evolve into one of the largest in history…the mass assault on Spain’s African border may just be a first warning of what to expect of the future. The situation is so serious that the possibility of a mass exodus if the African states fail to absorb their rapidly increasing working age population should not be ruled out. Nor can we rule out the possibility of armed conflict as a result of the political unrest that is likely to follow from a lack of effective management of the unprecedented increase in the labour supply.”
“We were just tired of living in the forest,” explained a man from Guinea-Bissau. “There was nothing to eat, there was nothing to drink.” In mid-September, Africans began assaulting the frontier of Spain’s small enclaves in Africa en masse. Deploying crude ladders made of branches, they used their weight to bring the fences down in places. As one of them put it, “We go in a group and all jump at once. We know that some will get through, that others will be injured and others may die, but we have to get through, whatever the cost.”
Morocco and Spain vowed overnight to work together to bore a tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar to link Africa and Europe. Moroccan experts say the long-mooted 39km rail tunnel would be among the world’s most sophisticated engineering works and rival the Channel Tunnel linking England and France. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged to drum up European Union support for a project he said “would change Africa and Europe”.
Migration is an age-old fact of life that governments must accept if they want to manage the flow of job-seekers moving from Africa to Europe, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi told an Africa-Europe conference on migration. “Action against nature is like rowing against the stream, which leads to failure,” Gaddafi told African and European interior ministers at the first African Union-European Union conference on migration, the Libyan news agency reported. “Political borders, official papers and identities set for every group of people are new, artificial things not recognised by nature. Land is property of everyone, and God commands all human beings to migrate on earth to seek a living, which is their right.”
European and African nations met in Libya to seek ways to stem the rising tide of illegal migration. The Libyan foreign minister, Abd al-Rahman Shalgam, told the conference that EU countries must provide assistance to Libya. Shalgam also says more projects are needed on the ground in Africa to keep people in their own countries. African leaders agree that more jobs need to be created so that people will not have to leave their countries to earn a living.
Who Are We, Who Are Our Enemies — The Cost of Historical Amnesia
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The Barbary Jihad piracy had been going on since the earliest Arab-Islamic expansion in the 7th and 8th centuries. During the 16th and 17th centuries, as many Europeans were captured, sold, and enslaved by the Barbary corsairs while West Africans shipped for plantation labor in the Americas by European slave traders. Robert Davis’ methodical enumeration indicates that between one and one and one-quarter million white European Christians were enslaved by the Barbary Muslims from 1530 through 1780.
Some Arabs seem to miss the good old days when they could extract Jizya payments from the West. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has stated that he thinks that European nations should pay 10 billion euros ($12.7 billion dollars) a year to Africa to help it stop migrants flooding northwards into Europe. Apart from being a clear-cut example of how migration, or rather population dumping by Third World countries, has become a tool for blackmail in the 21st century, this is a throwback to the age when Tripoli could extract payments from Europe.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urged participants to make special provision for “refugees and other people who have need of protection.” Amnesty International called on European countries to “open legal channels of migration as an important element in a global strategy on migration and development”. So far Libya has refused Europeans permission to patrol its territorial waters, amid suspicions in Europe that Libyan leader Kadhafi turns the immigration tap on and off to suit his immediate interests.
The International Organisation for Migration says it’s a “constructive step in the right direction. You can’t manage migration flows by simply having tougher border controls,” says IOM spokesman Jean-Philippe Chauzy. “If you’re trying to undercut the people smugglers, the best way is to open up legal opportunities (for migrants).”
Jacques Chirac, the French president, claimed Africans “will flood the world” if more is not done to improve the continent’s economy. He said that almost half of the 950 million people living on the African continent were under the age of 17, adding that the population would more than double by the middle of the century. “If we do not develop Africa, if we do not make available the necessary resources to bring about this development, these people will flood the world.”
In an apocalyptic vision of security dangers, Rear Admiral Chris Parry said future migrations would be comparable to the Goths and Vandals while north African “Barbary” pirates could be attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years. Europe could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a “reverse colonisation” as Parry described it. If a security breakdown occurred, he said, it was likely to be brought on by environmental destruction and a population boom, coupled with technology and radical Islam. The result for Britain and Europe, Parry warned, could be “like the 5th century Roman empire facing the Goths and the Vandals.”
The waves of migration that the Western world is faced with now are magnitudes greater in scope than those which brought down the Roman Empire. At least 2.2 million migrants will arrive in the West every year until 2050, according to a United Nations report . It appears to be taken for granted by the UN that we will sit back, bleed to death and accept all these millions to flood our countries. It is presented like a natural disaster, as if the massive population growth cannot be stopped by the nations in question, and the ensuing migration cannot be limited by Western countries.
But both these assumptions are wrong. Westerners should not and cannot take responsibility for billions of people in other parts of the world. They will have to limit their population growth to a sustainable level. We have already accepted more immigration peacefully than any other society has done in human history.
There is a significant element of blackmail here. A group of African leaders told the European Union that they needed to get huge amounts of money to limit mass migration from their countries, which is a tacit admission that they can control this mass movement of people if they want to.
Many Westerners watch with resigned fatalism as we are told by our leaders and our media that this is “inevitable.” But nothing is inevitable. Our societies will collapse, yet we are supposed to stand by quietly and simply observe our own demise. On one hand, the economic right-wing assures us that this unparalleled mass migration will be “good for the economy.” On the other hand, left-wingers attack those of us who are concerned for our cultural survival us for inciting “racism and discrimination.” Meanwhile all we desire is our continued existence.
At Lawrence Auster’s blog, an Indian living in the West writes: “They say that all ‘rich nations’ will face mass immigration. But, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and even Malaysia are also rich nations. Immigration to those countries is close to zero. I think that immigration is matter of government policy and national will. If the will is there, you can have zero immigration or limited immigration. But there isn’t the will to do anything about immigration in the West. Instead they sit and wring their hands. (…) If there was ever a picture of a society that has been completely finished, this is it. You don’t have to discriminate on racial grounds or religious grounds, just reduce the annual quota to 1000 or 10000. Nothing illiberal about that. But they cannot contemplate even that! Westerners amuse me. Even the worst cowards in the so-called ‘third world’ have more spine than this.
Professor Sigurd Skirbekk at the University of Oslo questions many of the assumptions underlying Western immigration policies. One of these unwritten rules is the notion that rich countries have a duty to take in any and all people from other nations that are suffering, either from natural disasters, political repression or overpopulation.
According to Professor Skirbekk, it cannot be considered moral behavior on the part of the cultural, political and religious elites of these countries to allow their populations to grow unrestrained and then push their excess population onto other nations. Skirbekk points out that European countries earlier rejected the Germans when they used the argument of lebensraum as a motivation for their foreign policy.
We should now follow the same policy when other countries invoke the argument that they lack space for their population. Skirbekk says there is plenty of literature available about the ecological challenges the world will be facing in this century. Demanding a too- liberal immigration policy while refusing to confront such unpleasant moral issues is not a sustainable alternative in the long run.