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Friday, 24 April 2015

Sydney

Coming from Christchurch, a city still a long way from being rebuilt following the series of devastating earthquakes four years ago, spending a few days in Sydney is a reminder of what a functional city looks like.

Usually we spend time with family in North Sydney around the golden sand beaches of Dee Why, Manley and Collaroy but yesterday we spent a day in the CBD.  A highlight was a visit to the Queen Victoria Centre, an amazing open arcade four stories tall built in the 1890’s.  It has stained glass windows, multiple café’s on every level, eclectic shops ranging from fashion to steam toys and everything in between.  A feature is a massive ‘time piece’ hung from the ceiling in the shape of an extended ball, with a ship sailing around the exterior depicting early settlement scenes.  I understand that it was commissioned by Queen Victoria and built by her craftsmen.

We walked through Martin Place, the scene of the recent terrorist shooting, and ended up at lunchtime in the Catholic Cathedral where worshipers were celebrating mass.  As we spent a quiet 15 minutes there I reflected on what it means to be a Christian in the world today.  


From there we wandered down to Circular Key, then stopped at a café on the way to the Opera House, and took a moment to watch the ferries come and go, and the crowds drift by in the afternoon sunshine.

If it wasn’t for the traffic…. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Let them go

At the same time as Rebecca Kitteridge is managing her front bench of 40 ISIS supporters who are hot for Jihad in Iraq, Muslim leaders are ‘talking down’ 25 Iraqi Muslims who wish to return to Iraq and fight against ISIS.


This situation must add to expressions of diversity at Friday prayers. 

Does the Imam first pray for the success of the Iraqi army, or ISIS - it is a tough call.

And so through our refugee resettlement program we have successfully replicated the traditional hatreds of the Middle East in the suburbs of our larger cities.  No doubt if our officials had understood the situation in the Middle East better, they would have avoided this outcome, but they didn’t and they don’t.

Isn’t it obvious, that if these men on both sides of the war want to return to Iraq with their families, we should simply let them go, on the basis that they forfeit their New Zealand citizenship?  They are not really New Zealanders at heart.  They may hold our passport, but their passions are not for our country, but for Islam, for revenge, for the killing of apostates and for the fields of blood in Iraq.

Let them go. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A predictable sequel

And behold, a predictable sequel from yesterday’s story on the Iraqi refugee ‘hero’ who returned to fight and was killed there last Friday….

"We are in pain, and half of us may not even live," his daughter, Wjdan Khadem Chilab, said last night at the family home in Napier.

She said she had also lost an uncle and a cousin to Isis forces in December. Their mother was currently in Iraq, overseeing Mr Abbas' burial.

She feared her brothers would be next as they tried to take revenge.


Ah yes, the requirement for revenge.  Some one has to pay for their father’s death, even if it costs them their own lives – up to half their remaining family – according to the grieving daughter.

The fact that this former refugee who was living in New Zealand with his family returned to Iraq and joined the army of his own free will makes no difference.  His death must be avenged, and the deaths of his sons must be avenged, and those they kill must be avenged, and…

….Volla, a perpetual Muslim hellhole.

Why we take such people as refugees is beyond me.  They don’t want to be here, they want to return and fight their sectarian wars either supporting the Shia Iraqi army or on the opposing side of the Sunni Islamic State.

And to what end? To fuel the cycle of revenge and hatred that shall never end, regardless of what we do either through compassionate refuge resettlement, or through our military’s intervention in the Middle East.

This family is a metaphor for everything that is wrong with our refugee program and our military intervention.  There is nothing we can do to help people that are consumed with hatred and set on killing each other, except perhaps to leave them to it. 

Eventually it will turn to ashes with or without our intervention. 

A ‘hero’ dies in Iraq.

Kadam Abbas, a refugee from Iraq came to New Zealand with 12 of his 24 children in 2003, and then returned to Iraq supposedly to care for a sick child he had left behind more than 10 years earlier.  How this narrative fits with his being killed on Friday as a member of the Iraqi army is anyone’s guess.

He left behind 12 children in Iraq, and another 12 here in New Zealand.  His local family described him as ‘a hero’. (They are the dark shapes in the photo below)


I have a brief message for Kadam Abbas and other Immigrant Muslims living here in New Zealand. If you are tempted to die a ‘hero’ in Iraq, regardless of whose side you are fighting on, spare a thought for the 12 children you leave behind in a strange country and a foreign culture.

Yes, the long suffering New Zealand tax payer will pay for your children to be housed, fed, educated and subsidized through life as is necessary for their wellbeing.  But you are no hero.   You preferred to risk death fighting your fellow Muslims than to live and support your family.

You chose to die killing apostates in the hope of an eternal reward rather than to live and be a father to your children.  This may make you a hero in their eyes, and in the eyes of fellow Muslims, but not in mine.

You chose death over life and by joining the Iraqi army you placed the interests of your children last.

You are a typical product of your faith and your culture.  That’s why Iraq and surrounding Muslim countries are perpetual violent hellholes.  Places where the interests of women and children are subservient to male pride, retribution, tribal hatred and violent jihad.

Your surviving family and your culture affords you hero status.  

What better example could we find of the irreconcilable differences between the values of Islam, and those of western civilisation?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A 'sea bridge' across the Mediterranean

I have been reflecting upon the human tragedy that is playing out across the Mediterranean as desperate Africans seek passage to a ‘better life’ in Europe.  To call it a ‘better life’ is a mastery of understatement.  From hell to heaven would be a closer approximation.

There are approximately 500,000 desperate human beings on the Libyan coast waiting to take this dangerous journey. Only a few days ago we learned that up to 900 perished at sea attempting the crossing, yet still they come. 


The Arch Bishop of Canterbury, the nominal head of the Anglican church worldwide said that Governments of Britain and Europe need to put aside their concerns over immigration and ‘do what is right’ meaning accept those attempting to make the journey.

But is that really an acceptable solution?

Europe is already at crisis point with immigrants, many of whom show little or no interest in integrating with their host country or its culture and despise its values.  Most if not all major cities in Europe have no-go areas populated by Muslims who are hostile to all forms of authority, places where police and fire department personnel are no longer safe.

Yet can we in all conscience turn these people back, or let them drown at sea?  Australia has taken a hard line on boat people, and the Abbott government has succeeded in reducing the numbers down to a virtual trickle.

Australian commentator Andrew Bolt has posted on this subject, some of which I reproduce below.

Europe’s political and media class refuse to learn the obvious lessons. Retired major-general Jim Molan was chief of operations of all allied forces in Iraq and helped to implement the Abbott Government’s successful border policies:

What should also be familiar to Australians is the incompetent policy reaction by European authorities to the situation

Europe needs to make a very big decision and to make it soon. If it does not want to control its borders then it should establish a sea bridge across the Mediterranean, let everyone in who wants to come, and not let these people die. If it does want to control its borders, as the most recent voting patterns in almost every country of Europe indicates, European governments should realise that border control can be done and start showing a bit of leadership. It may involve some tough policy from European governments who appear weak on many issues, but borders can be controlled, they can be controlled to the benefit of all, and there is a moral obligation to control them…

And of course, people are flooding to Europe by other means, not only across the sea from Libya. It was put to me in Pakistan recently that 7000 Afghans or Pakistanis per month cross illegally from Turkey into Europe. And I understand that the third route is from north Africa into Spain. Europe is a big place and, like Australia, meets its refugee obligations, but the exploitation by criminals of an outdated convention is now rife…
Europe will need to decide what is the local version of boat turnbacks in the Mediterranean. The error committed by Europe and the US in not putting effective boots on the ground in Libya, and the ongoing failure of the UN to advocate peace-keeping forces in such places will always have consequences. When Europe and the US brought down Muammar Gaddafi, they did not commit ground forces because of the unpredictable consequences. Now they must manage the totally predictable consequences.
One of the most brilliant, important and prescient novels of the 20th century is Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints:
...Jean Raspail’s brilliant and brutally confronting 1971 satire (or indictment), Camp of the Saints, describing how Europe, frozen with self-loathing, greets an Armada of one million boat people sailing in to help itself to the riches of the West:...
Raspail, now 89, said two years ago that his warnings were ignored and now it’s too late:
What do you feel about the current situation?

You know, I’ve no wish to join the big group of intellectuals who spend their time debating immigration… I have the impression that these talks serve no purpose. The people already know it all, intuitively: that France, as our ancestors fashioned it centuries ago, is disappearing. And that we keep the gallery amused by talking ceaselessly of immigration without ever saying the final truth. A truth that is moreover unsayable…


Is the seriousness of the problem being kept from the French people?

Yes. Starting with the politicians in charge first of all! Publicly “everything’s going well, Madame Marquessa”. But behind closed doors, they acknowledge that “yes, you’re right: there is a real problem”. I have several edifying letters on this subject from prominent leftist politicians, from those on the right too, to whom I sent the Camp of the Saints. “But you understand: we can’t say it ...” ...


You don’t believe it’s possible to assimilate the foreigners welcomed into France?

No. The model of integration isn’t working. Even if a few more illegals are escorted to the border and we succeed in integrating foreigners a bit more than today, their numbers will not stop growing and that will change nothing in the fundamental problem: the progressive invasion of France and Europe by a numberless third-world. I’m not a prophet, but you see clearly the fragility of these countries, where an unbearable poverty is established and grows ceaselessly alongside indecent wealth. Those people don’t turn to their governments to protest. They expect nothing of them.

They turn to us and arrive in Europe in boats, ever more numerous, today in Lampedusa, tomorrow elsewhere. Nothing discourages them. And thanks to the demography game, by the 2050s, there will be as many young indigenous French as there are young foreigners in France.
Many will be naturalised.

Which doesn’t mean they’ll have become French. I don’t say these are bad people, but “naturalisations on paper” aren’t naturalisations of the heart. I cannot consider them my compatriots. We need to drastically toughen the law, as a matter of urgency.

How can Europe deal with these migrations?
There are only two solutions. Either we accommodate them and France - its culture, its civilisation — will be erased without even a funeral. In my view, that’s what’s going to happen. Or we don’t accommodate them at all - that means stop sacralising the Other and rediscover your neighbour, that means those next to you. Which means that we stop giving a damn sometime about these “Christian ideas gone mad”, as Chesterton said, or these depraved human rights, and that we take the indispensable measures to distance ourselves, without appeal, to avoid the dissolution of our country into a general métissage [literally race-mixing but used as a sort of equivalent of the English diversity]. I don’t see any other solution. I travelled a lot in my youth. All peoples are fascinating but when you mix them too much, it is much more animosity that develops than sympathy. Métissage is never peaceful. It is a dangerous utopia. Look at South Africa!
At the point where we are now, the measures we would have to take would necessarily be very coercive. I don’t believe it will happen and I don’t see anyone who has the courage to do it. They would need to put their soul in the balance, but who is ready for that? That said, I don’t believe for an instant that the supporters of immigration are more charitable than me: there probably isn’t a single one of them who intends to welcome one of these unfortunates into his home… all of that’s just an emotional pretence, an irresponsible maelstrom that will engulf us.

………..

None of this is very encouraging, but it does paint the picture very clearly.


Monday, 20 April 2015

City councils running anti-radicalization programs – why not the local Mosque?

The NewZealand Herald and Stuff reports: A former New Zealander now living in Denmark says her son was killed when he travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State (Isis) after authorities failed to stop him.  Karolina Dam, formerly of Auckland but now living in Denmark, told Radio New Zealand her 18-year-old son Lukas died in an American air strike on a building that he was guarding on the Syria-Turkey border.


She blamed the Copenhagen City Council for not doing more to help her son.

The council was responsible for integration and anti-radicalisation programmes. It had taken Lukas into its care when he was a troubled teenager but had not put him in either of the programmes.

The council would not comment to Radio NZ but Dam said she received an apology from Copenhagen's deputy mayor Anna Mee Allerslev.

Dam said she was happy with the apology.

First of all, the death of any 18 year old in combat is a tragedy. We should also keep in mind that during WW1 whose 100th anniversary we commemorate this year, both allied and German troops were often no more than 17 or 18 years old when sent to the front, and all too often suffered a similar fate to that of Lukas Dam.

There are several things that stand out to me in the media reports concerning this young mans death.  The first is the willingness of the mother to blame ‘the authorities’ in this case, the City Council, for not doing more to prevent her son’s fate.

Parent’s blaming ‘authorities’ for not preventing their children’s departure to support ISIS has become a recurring narrative in the war against the Islamic State. 

The second striking element is the authorities willingness to take responsibility and apologise!  The police in the UK apologized for allowing three teenage girls to join the Islamic State, and now the Copenhagen deputy mayor is apologizing in this instance.

How can these agencies of State be expected to know the ideology and motivation of every teenager in their area?  Ultimately aren’t the parents primarily responsible for their children, and then once they reach 16 or 18 years of age, are the young people not responsible for their own actions? 

Yet the apologies from western authorities to Muslim parents continue.

Perhaps the most bizarre element of this story is that the Copenhagen City Council is running ‘anti-radicalization’ programs for Muslims.  Would it be too much to ask why the Imam at the local Mosque is not running these programs?

Allow me to offer a suggestion.

Anti-radicalization programs are an attempt by western Government agencies to reframe Islam as a ‘religion of peace’.  It’s an attempt to ‘domesticate’ Islam for western consumption.

Mosques won’t run them because somewhat ironically they view them as a perversion of Islam.  Muslims in general don’t trust western Governments and consequently don’t trust a program developed by the west explaining to them the ‘true nature of Islam’.

Western governments love these programs because it appears to be ‘doing something’, and if you are in Government to be seen to do something is always better than doing nothing, regardless of how feeble.

There will be Muslim advisors to the Governments who have set up these programs telling them what they want to hear, being well paid to act as consultants. There will be Muslims running these programs as well, but their origins condemn them to failure. 

It would be funny if it were not so tragic; like so much of our response to Islam. 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rebecca Kitteridge’s 'Front Bench'

I recall many years ago listening to Christchurch’s senior police chief as he described a group of 20 young men he referred to as his ‘front bench’.  These were children, some as young as 12 years old, who were at the forefront of Christchurch youth offending.  They all came from dysfunctional and often criminal families.  They all had curfews, they all had dozens of criminal offences to their name.  The police checked on them every evening to make sure they were at home; they monitored their whereabouts during the day. 

Short of a miracle they were the next generation of prison inmates.

He then went on to say that he has another ‘front bench’ in the making that is waiting to step up to take the place of those already there.


Rebecca Kitteridge, New Zealand’s head of Security Intelligence also has a front bench consisting of 40 young men who are hot for Jihad.  Some of them have attempted to leave for Syria and the Middle East but have been turned back at the airport.  We are told she is increasingly worried that one or more of them will be responsible for an Islamic inspired terrorist attack in New Zealand. 

Today we read in the Herald that according to a visiting global security expert, ‘New Zealand is a "sitting duck" for a terror attack and should consider bag checks of shoppers and moviegoers, and increased surveillance in popular public places’.

The difference between the Police’s front bench and that of Rebecca Kitteridge is that the former disrupted the lives of a few dozen Christchurch residents, while the latter appears set to disrupt the lives of four Million New Zealanders.

I’m in Sydney as I write but I don’t travel as much as I used to.  I can live with the security-screening charade at our airports, the cost of which is built into every air ticket for every passenger.  But the suggested security measures including ‘the introduction of bag checking at malls and adjoining movie theatres, routine ID checks, restricted entry to rooftop or basement car-parks and issuing security passes for mall workers’ is clearly a bridge too far for any civil society.

At what point do we decide that the daily disruption of 4 Million people to accommodate a front bench of 40 is just absurd?  If we seriously believe that these 40 represent such a risk to the life and liberty of all New Zealanders that such security measures become necessary, then the question must be asked, ‘why are these people still at liberty’.

The present answer is ‘because they have not yet committed a crime serious enough to warrant imprisonment’.

And the reason for that answer is because for some inexplicable reason we are still treating enemy combatants living in New Zealand as though they were ordinary citizens who might be predisposed to commit a civil crime.

As I mentioned in a previous post, in 1933 the British Government was more than happy to imprison Lord Mosley for acts of sedition.  What possible difference can there be between his actions and those of Islamic State supporters living here in New Zealand? Both violently oppose our liberal pluralistic democratic State through their conduct and their speech, and by adhering to the fundamental tenants of Islam.

I suspect that if we were to intern Rebecca Kitteridge’s top 40, there wouldn’t be another front bench in waiting ready to take their place.  However, if there was, then we intern them also.  If you repeat this exercise often enough, eventually you run out of jihadists at liberty.

Yes, this would be offensive to the Muslim community, but a lot less offensive than putting four million citizens through daily security checks that would be entirely unnecessary if it wasn’t for a Muslim community that continues to breed Jihadists. 

I note that during the weekend five young jihadists were arrested in Melbourne for planning a terrorist attack to disrupt ANZAC day celebrations.  The Australians appear to be a lot less tolerant of this activity than we do in New Zealand.  But then they have been through the recent experience of Islamic terrorist bloodshed at Martin Place.

Do we have to wait for a Martin Place before we start imprisoning the worst of Rebecca’s front bench?  

Friday, 17 April 2015

We need to win the battle of ideas one person at a time.

Two articles in the Herald today have raised some tough questions about what it means for each of us to live as a citizen in a declining western civilization. A once great civilization that can still at times show itself strong against radial Islam abroad, but pathetically weak against the same pathology when it’s manifest at home.

The first article concerns the abuse of Muslims traveling on a Sydney commuter train, and the second our head of Security Services expressing even greater concern about the threat of Islamic terrorism in New Zealand.


Australia and New Zealand send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to combat radical Islam, and condemn the Islamic State as evil, but back home we cannot bring ourselves to intern those Muslims who most vocally oppose western civilization in the name of Islam, and who make up the top 40 on our (New Zealand’s) anti-terrorism watch list.   We refuse to even intern those who seek to leave our shores to fight violent Jihad abroad, preferring instead to have them to fester here at home, to nurse their sense of victimhood, and wander our streets filled with hatred and resentment towards the infidel.

This political and strategic dualism has a profound affect upon ordinary citizens living in the west.  We see our Governments take a strong military response to the inhumanity of Islam abroad, the slaughter of innocent civilians, the taking of sex slaves and the raping of little girls.  Meanwhile back home Muslim grooming gangs in Britain that prey upon thousands of young white girls, raping them, and pimping them amongst their friends are ignored by authorities who are fully aware of what is happening, but do nothing to intervene.

We learn of the recent slaughter of Christians in Kenya, the capture and enslavement of 200 Christian schoolgirls by Boko Haram, and today the BBC reports that Muslim refuges on a boat traveling across the Mediterranean threw 12 of their fellow Christians refugees overboard to drown.

Then, an individual traveling on a bus in Wellington, or a train in Sydney sees Muslims sitting across from them, and they recall these abuses, these vile and violent acts performed by other Muslims, and in their mind they cross a threshold; they begin to verbally abuse the Muslims traveling with them.

It is inappropriate and wrong, but given the context of Islamic violence around the world, it is understandable.  How is the average citizen in Britain and Europe, in New Zealand, Canada or in Australia supposed to process a situation where they feel increasingly disgusted by and vulnerable to Muslim aggression, particularly when the authorities appear to sit idly by allowing the worst of these extremists to freely roam our streets?

You can be arrested for abusing Muslims on a bus or train, albeit that is inappropriate, but you will not be arrested for behaving in such a way that gets you on the Security Service top 40 terrorism watch list. 

While being the victim of abuse is unpleasant, being the victim of terrorism is deadly.  It is appropriate that in a civilized society we condemn acts of verbal abuse, but why are we not interning those who are self declared supporters of the Islamic State and are a recognized security risk? Do we have to wait until they shed innocent blood on our streets before we can expect the authorities to act, and then only retrospectively?

Something is seriously wrong here.

Two recent polls conducted by Ledger Marketing in Canada found that 42% of Canadian Muslims think Islam is ‘irreconcilable’ with the West.  Statistically, that’s almost half of the Muslims on the train.

This is not the non-Muslim saying that multiculturalism isn’t working; we might expect that, rather this is coming from the Muslims themselves. 

Islam and western culture is irreconcilable, and yet in most western nations there are growing numbers of Muslim immigrants sharing their lives with us in our communities. 

How then should we respond?

First of all, as citizens of the west and inheritors of a culture formed by more than 1,000 years of Judeo / Christian tradition, we have to clearly separate in our minds the difference between Islam as a religious / political ideology, and Muslims as fellow human beings.

We need to grasp that if we had been born and raised in some Islamic hellhole as most of them have, then we would likely hold the same views we now condemn.  In other words, there go we but for the grace of God.

Second, we cannot allow ourselves to resort to abuse or other forms of discrimination against Muslims.  That would make us no better, and no different from those whose actions we rightly condemn.  We have to be better than that.

Unless we are going to behave like Spain did several hundred years ago and force all Muslims out of our countries at gunpoint, we have to recognize that those Muslims are here to stay.  It is to every ones advantage that we do our best to redeem this situation by helping local Muslims to become more like us, and the only way to do that is to reach out in expressions of love and acceptance.

I am very aware how difficult it can be to reach out and welcome neighbours who are ‘like us’ let alone those who dress differently and whose religion says that they should not make friends with Christians and Jews.

Well, to hell with their religion.  We are not bound by it, and if we are Christian or Jewish then they have much to gain by getting to know us.  Even if you are an Agnostic or an Atheist, quite aside from any faith experience, you have inherited cultural norms that are far superior to those dictated by Islam.  You have much to offer much to give.

Local expressions of love and acceptance must also be matched by Government intolerance for the worst expressions of Islam that includes the oppression of women, the taking of child brides, violent jihad and so on.  We should also halt all Islamic immigration until such time as those who are already here are fully integrated into our culture.  How would we measure that?  When there is no more demand for Islamic schools, new Mosques, or any insistence by the Muslim community that our cultural norms be changed to accommodate Islam.

This could take a while, but the alternative is unthinkable.

Do we have politicians in Western Governments with sufficient capacity to take the steps necessary at that level?  Do we have sufficient number of citizens capable of expressing ‘good will’ to their Muslim neighbours in the hope of seeing them integrate with us, with Western culture and its values?

If you think these are tough choices today, they are not going to get any easier if we defer taking action at both a personal and Governmental level. 

Islam represents the largest existential threat to western civilization since the Second World War.  Thankfully not all Muslims fully understand its dictates or are prepared to take its commands literally.  We cannot defend against this ideology with guns or bombs at home or abroad.  We need to win the battle of ideas one person at a time.  

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Jihadists highway into Europe.


“No coast guard, no policeman ever asked if we had papers. Nobody registered us, nobody took a photo of us, nobody took our fingerprints, no one asked us who we were.” ... “Any ISIS terrorist could have entered Italy and traveled further into Europe without any problem,” he said. “ISIS members can take their guns and hand grenades with them, because the Italians even never checked any of the luggage."…



For nine days, 32-year-old Muhammad and over 350 fellow migrants, mostly Syrians like him, were stuck below deck… The boat had left the Turkish port of Mersin and ... sailed to the Sicilian port of Catania, where the migrants were transported to a refugee center…
“No coast guard, no policeman ever asked if we had papers. Nobody registered us, nobody took a photo of us, nobody took our fingerprints, no one asked us who we were.” ...

According to Muhammad, all of the migrants on the boat wanted to move either to Germany, Sweden, or the Netherlands… Muhammad and the other migrants feared that getting fingerprinted and processed in Italy would mean they no longer could apply for asylum in Germany.

Muhammad and the other migrants would soon find that their Italian hosts were no more interested in keeping them there than they themselves were in staying. When Muhammad asked the Italian police at the asylum center if he had to stay there, one said that he was welcome to sleep there, “but if you want to leave, you can leave.”

While Muhammad was speaking with the policemen, other Syrians in the refugee center discovered that the back door to the center was open. They walked out, and disappeared into the night.... The police never tried to stop them..  From there Muhammad continued to Berlin, ... asked for asylum, and was registered as a refugee…

“Any ISIS terrorist could have entered Italy and traveled further into Europe without any problem,” he said. “ISIS members can take their guns and hand grenades with them, because the Italians even never checked any of the luggage."…

Interviews with over a dozen Syrian asylum seekers who recently crossed the Mediterranean Sea to illegally reach Europe — and who are now in the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden — reveal similar stories. In all of these cases, migrants said that they were not registered by the Italian authorities, and that the Italian police looked the other way as they walked out of refugee centers to leave Italy by train or car for countries in Western and Northern Europe…

According to the U.N. Refugee Agency, a total of 217,724 Syrians applied for asylum in the European Union between April 2011 and December 2014. Although a majority of these migrants arrived in Italy, only 1,967 — less than 1 percent — stayed there....

The lack of scrutiny for Syrian migrants arriving in Southern Europe, however, has raised fears that terrorists could be entering along with the regular citizens attempting to escape war. Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos even tried to use this influx of refugees as a weapon: If the EU doesn’t back down on austerity measures, he threatened on March 9, Greece would unleash “a wave of millions of economic migrants and jihadists” into Europe. In this group, he warned, “there will be some jihadists of the Islamic State too.”
Italian authorities said around 8,500 migrants had been rescued at sea between Friday and Monday…
Italian authorities say more than 15,000 migrants have arrived so far in 2015. There were 15,000 in April alone last year and an average of 25,000 each month between June and September…

With summer approaching-and more than 500,000 people waiting to set out from Libya for Europe according to EU border agency Frontex…

....more than 700 migrants and refugees, mainly Syrians and Africans, arrived in Greece between Friday and Tuesday.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wealthy Muslim Gulf states refuse to take Muslim immigrants and refugees. Why?

While hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees and immigrants, both legal and illegal escape from war torn regions in the Middle East and Africa, flood into Europe, the NY Times reports that wealthy Muslim Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have refused to take a single one.

Why have they closed their hearts and their doors to fellow Muslims?  Could it be they view Muslim immigration into Europe as the best means of establishing Islam in those nations?  I’m sure if you are on the receiving end of hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants, it would feel that way.

Below is a speech given by Dutch politician Geert Wilders in Germany to those gathered at an anti-Islam march.  Hat tip Gatesofvienna.


Speech by Geert Wilders at PEGIDA
Dresden, 13 April 2015

Dear friends, hello Germany, hello Dresden!
Thank you for being here tonight. Thank you for coming together with so many.

It is a privilege to be speaking to you in the beautiful Elbestadt Dresden.
For the past 22 weeks, you have gathered here every Monday,
together with thousands of German patriots.
In bad weather, in good weather,
in pouring rain and in stormy winds,
you were always here,
Dresden zeigt, wie’s geht!
[Dresden shows the way]
I know how difficult it is, especially in Germany, to be proud patriots. There is a lot of resistance.
In my eyes, you are all heroes.
And I applaud you.

Because there is nothing wrong with being proud German patriots.
There is nothing wrong with wanting Germany to remain free and democratic.
There is nothing wrong with preserving our own Judeo-Christian civilization. That is our duty.

Our own culture is the best culture there is.
Immigrants should adopt our values and not the other way round.
Our freedom and democracy must be defended.
It is our duty to defend it.
That is why we are here tonight.
In the tradition of Kant, Schiller, and Stauffenberg.
In the tradition of freedom of speech,
in the tradition of speaking the truth.
And acting accordingly.

26 years ago, you in Dresden, and your compatriots in Leipzig and the other cities of the former GDR, taught the world an important lesson.
You showed that the truth is stronger than lies,
that courage is stronger than tyranny,
that freedom is stronger than oppression.
You brought Germany die Wende. [the process of change]
Today, we need a new Wende.
Most of the politicians, media, churches and academics
look away from the threat of Islamization.
They are afraid.
But you are not.

You and I are here together tonight. Because we are PEGIDA,
die Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes
[Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West].
We are the people!
We are die Wende!
And nothing, nobody, will stop us.
And we hate no-one. We fight for our freedom, and hence we object to totalitarian Islam, but we do not hate Muslims.
Neither do we hate our political opponents who are protesting here in Dresden against us.

I am happy that we in Germany and the Netherlands are allowed to demonstrate against each other. Without violence. Without hatred.
That is also the important difference between our country and, for example, Saudi Arabia or Iran.

And I say to the Prime Minister of Saxony, who felt he needed to warn against me:

We are indeed those who are fighting against discrimination and hatred.
Look at all the countries where Islam is dominant. Look at Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan. Non-Muslims, Christians, Jews, women, gays and apostates are treated there as inferior. They are being humiliated, persecuted, and even murdered. That is exactly what we are fighting against.

And it is a disgrace, Mr Prime Minister, that we do not find you on our side.
It is a disgrace, Mr Prime Minister, that you do not warn against that.
We have had enough of political correctness.
We have had enough of the Islamization of our societies.
We stand for freedom, for the truth.
And we want to live in freedom and in the truth!
Because we think that without freedom life is not worth living.
Freedom and human rights — that is what we stand for.
Frau Merkel says Islam belongs in Germany. I ask you: Is she right?
She is not right!

Should I take Frau Merkel with me to Holland? No, thanks!
I have a message for Frau Merkel:
Frau Merkel, the majority of your people say that Islam does not belong in Germany!
Frau Merkel, the Netherlands, Germany, the other nations in the West are not Islamic countries.

We do not want a Monokultur, but we want our own Judeo-Christian culture to remain the Leitkultur in our land.
We want to remain what we are.
We want to remain who we are!
While most politicians sing the praises of Islam, we worry about the future of our country.

We worry because we have read the Koran.
In verse 9:29 it states that it is OK to fight Jews and Christians.
In verse 4:89 it instructs Muslims to kill anyone who leaves Islam.
We worry because recent academic research revealed that 45% of the Muslims in Germany believe Islamic religious rules are more important than secular German laws.
We worry because 73% of the Muslims in my country say that Dutch Muslims who fight in Syria are heroes. 73%!

We worry because in the past months, we have seen thousands of homegrown youths leave our countries to join the Islamic State.
We worry because we have seen how many of these jihadists have returned to Europe, and most of them have not been imprisoned.
They currently roam our streets like ticking time bombs.
We cannot afford to do nothing. We have to do something.
Every citizen is responsible for the preservation of our liberties.
Every one of you must, wherever he or she can, raise the awareness of his or her fellow citizens.

Germany cannot be warned enough against Islamization.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims.
We worry because we know where they find their inspiration.
We know the book they read.
Look at what happened in Kenya just last week,
where savage jihadists attacked a university,
where Muslims were separated from non-Muslims,
where Muslims were allowed to leave,
and non-Muslims were murdered in cold blood.
Look at what happened in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year.
We don’t want terrorist acts like these to happen in Germany or the Netherlands.
And, hence, it is important that everyone of you should raise the alarm for Germany.

If you love Germany, then raise the alarm.
If you love your husband or wife, then raise the alarm.
If you love your children, then raise the alarm.
Warn your neighbors, your colleagues, your friends for the danger of Islamization, a danger to your country, your liberty, your partner, your children.

In recent decades, Europe has been confronted with burkas, honor killings, female genital mutilation, polygamy, the killing of apostates.
All over Europe, mega-mosques are being built, while in Saudi Arabia the first church still needs to be built.

Last year, a record number of over 626.000 asylum seekers came to the European Union. That is an increase of 44%.
Two thirds of these asylum seekers came from Islamic countries.
Over 200,000 asylum seekers came to Germany.
This year, there will be even more.
We are facing a catastrophe.
And I tell you: Enough is enough!
Of course, fugitives from for example Syria should be safe. But they should be accommodated in their own region. Not here. Not in Europe. We should leave Schengen and reinstall our own border controls.
Immigrants who are already legally in our countries, who obey the law and assimilate into our culture, are welcome to stay and are equal to anybody else.

But to those who have crossed our borders illegally, want to wage jihad, put Sharia law above our laws, or commit violent crimes, we say loud and clear: Leave our country! You do not belong here!
And when jihadists want to leave our country, I say: Do not stop them, but let them leave! But let them never return. Never again.
I know that anyone who voices criticism of Islam and Muhammad is in grave personal danger.

I know it from personal experience. I am on the Al-Qaeda death list.
But today, we all face the threats of terrorism.
Today, we are all on the death list of the jihadis.

I tell you:
I am sick and tired of the politicians who put their heads in the sand like ostriches.
I am sick and tired of their shameful irresponsibility and their appalling cowardice.
I founded the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands to protect the Netherlands against Islamization.
Look at the state of freedom, safety and terror in the Islamic world.
We do not want that here.
Lets us not import the lack of freedom, the lack of safety, and the terror.
Dear friends,
I also call on Muslims:
Join die Wende!
Liberate yourself from the shackles of Islam! Throw off the joke.
Leave Islam and choose freedom and dignity!
We are die Wende.
We are the voice of the people.
We are the torch-bearers for freedom.
We are the torch-bearers for democracy.
We are the torch-bearers for our own civilization.
We must be brave. That is what we must do. Be brave. That is our duty.
I ask you: Do our leaders do that?
No, they don’t.
They don’t do their duty.
They even lie to us.

Every day, we hear the same mantra that Islam is a religion of peace. After every atrocity committed in the name of Islam, Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and my own Prime Minister rush to the television cameras to declare that these acts have noting to do with Islam.
How stupid do they think we are?

Most of our politicians look away. But we will not be silent. Because we are the people — the people that refuse to be enslaved!

Dear friends,
Difficult times need courageous people, like you.
There are many of us. In every country in the West there are courageous patriots who stand on our side.
That is why I am an optimist.
We in the Netherlands, you in Germany and the patriots in other countries, we stand together.
Our political leaders may abandon our country, but we will not.
Dear friends, German patriots,
look at Israel, learn from Israel.
Israel is an island in a sea of Islamic barbarism.
Israel is a beacon of freedom and prosperity in a region of Islamic darkness.
Israel refuses to be overrun by the jihadists. So should we.
Be proud of Germany. Always.
Preserve your German identity.
Preserve your German heritage.
Preserve your German Leitkultur.
Germany is the backbone of Europe.
Keep it free and democratic.
Let the light of freedom shine!
Never submit to barbarism!
Long live Freedom.
Long live PEGIDA,
Long live Germany,
My friends, we are the people!

Thank you!