Resistance in Italy to unlimited mass migration is being spearheaded by the Lega Nord [Northern League], the secessionist party in the northern provinces of Italy. This anti-immigration sentiment is spreading to the rest of Italy, as parties sympathetic to and allied with Lega Nord form in the rest of Italy.
While Lega Nord used to be considered “extreme right” by many Italians, that sentiment is changing rapidly as the country’s infrastructure becomes overwhelmed. But this is Italy after all. They are willing to say the unsayable more quickly than their cohorts in Northern Europe.
From The Telegraph today comes a report about the “revolt” against the immigrant “invasion” that stands further back to view the larger picture I mentioned in my post yesterday. Surprisingly they are admitting this massive influx is an invasion, but they take back the truth by putting scare quotes around the grim reality of those they term merely ‘migrants’. [the emphases are mine, not in the original]:
Italians are in growing revolt against the number of migrants arriving on their shores, with more than 10,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone.
The huge influx of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa is putting an intolerable strain on a country that has been in recession for the past five years.
Conservative politicians called this week for boatloads of refugees to be sent back to Libya, while the system of migrant reception centres is on the verge of collapse.
Conservative politicians say the policy of rescuing migrants at sea only encourages people trafficking by Libyan gangs.
“The system is close to collapse,” said Claudio Palomba, the prefect of Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, and the president of the national union of prefects. “We’re only in April and I don’t know if the system will be able to cope if the number of arrivals keeps up at this pace.”
Matteo Salvini, the head of the Northern League and a rising star of the Italian Right, has called on his supporters to block moves to accommodate any more migrants.
“I ask the League’s governors, mayors, assessors and councillors to say no, with every means, to every new arrival. The League is ready to occupy every hotel, hostel, school or barracks intended for the alleged refugees,” he wrote on his Facebook account this week.
As boatloads of refugees continue to make the dangerous crossing from Libya, merchant vessels in the Mediterranean complained that they were being called to help with rescues.
Italy terminated its search and rescue operation, Mare Nostrum, in October and it has been replaced by a much smaller operation run by Frontex, the EU’s border control agency, which has to rely on the assistance of merchant ships.
“The situation is becoming unsustainable,” Mario Mattioli, the owner of [a] tug boat, told La Repubblica on Thursday. “Taking part in rescues is no longer unusual – it has become routine.
“Like other merchant ships we are being called on to help out on a daily basis, but our crews are not trained to deal with these operations. We can’t provide medical care or thermal blankets or emergency food.”
There are also security issues for the crews of merchant ships – this week traffickers fired shots into the air from Kalashnikovs in order to force an Italian vessel and an Icelandic coast guard ship to relinquish a wooden boat which had been used to transport migrants from the Libyan coast.
In other words, the smugglers are becoming bolder in demanding their vessels back. This is behavior akin to the pirates off the coast of Somalia. As has occurred before in lawless times, what happens on land is reflected in behaviors on the sea.
Small European nations with any coastline are going to have to develop more counter-aggressive pushback behaviors if they expect to survive.
The long period of emasculated “no-more-war” Europe is over; current events are proving that you can indeed have a war even if you don’t show up for it. The beginning of the end of peace is in Italy, currently under the worst pressure. As it was in the 1930s, economic depression is bringing this to a head sooner rather than later. The difference this time is that the “enemy” against which they must take up arms is not a nation-state, nor is it composed of European natives.
Those whose interest is in maintaining the turmoil and chaos in Europe are not Europeans. One of the prime movers and shakers lives in the White House, where they are even now putting new spikes on the top of the fence to keep people out.
Not only have Obama’s policies in the Middle East and North Africa brought chaos and economic collapse to those places, but he is making common cause with those sowers of discord, the Castro Brothers, while they are still extant and can be used to destabilize South America. Meanwhile America’s own southern borders are becoming a rude fiction.
As I said yesterday in the comments, this man is a product of his momma’s world view. He is fiercely anti-American and anti-European “colonial powers”. Is he deliberately unconscious about the ultimate unintended consequences of his puerile decisions and delusions?
Is Norway ready to rescind its Peace Prize yet?