KRudd has admitted in his usual evasive manner that his destruction of the Howard government’s successful border protection policy may have been an error.
Immigration policy was not “set in stone” and must be adaptive and flexible, he said. “If we’ve made a mistake . . . it was in perhaps not being quick enough to respond to the new change in external circumstances….”
Tim Blair,Â 17 months ago:
No passport, no entry by any means.
That simple rule would stop boats faster than any complex processing tactics.
Now LaborÂ catches up:
The children, the children!
(Very well, that’s their children. What about our children?)
About thirty immigrants arrived in Melilla today on board a small boat. There were four children among the occupants, two of them very young. They can scarcely have been two years old and couldn’t even walk, but they were the key to the boat obtaining its objective of disembarking in the autonomous city. (Islam vs Europe has more)
Back in 2011 we posted extensive coverage of the “Camp of the Saints” crisis in Italy and Malta in the wake of the Arab Spring, as hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants flooded into the islands of the southern Mediterranean and the southern coasts of Italy and Sicily.
The flood of refugees abated somewhat in 2012, but is still ongoing. During the migration season â€” the summer months, when the Med is fairly calm â€” hundreds of people in rickety boats show up off the coast of Lampedusa and have to be rescued, housed, clothed, and fed, according to EU asylum regulations. No matter that they riot, vandalize, commit robberies, and terrorize the locals â€” they are “refugees”, and their needs come first.
As Pope Francis prepares to visit Lampedusa next week,Â Enza FerreriÂ takes a look at the immigration crisis on the island and what it portends for the rest of Europe.
Pope’s First Official Visit Is to Lampedusa, Tiny Sicilian Island Flooded by African Migrants
by Enza Ferreri
What “El InglÃ©s” predicted in anÂ imagined scenario on Gates of ViennaÂ â€” a civil war in Denmark caused by the insoluble conflict of ideas, values and principles between Islam and the West, immigrants and natives â€” has already occurred on a small scale in Lampedusa. This island, whose population can be easily overwhelmed, could be a microcosm of the future of Europe.
The island ofÂ Lampedusa, the southernmost appendix of Italy in the Mediterranean, has the bad luck of being geographically too close for comfort to the Muslim world. Its history is testament to this.
In 813 AD, despite a 10-year truce signed in 805 by the Emir Ibrahim ibn al-Aghlab with Byzantine Sicily’s governor Constantine, the Arabs, who had not kept another previous truce established in 728 and many others since, proceeded to break this one too and, after attacking Sardinia and Corsica, sacked and devastated minor Italian islands including Lampedusa. The rest of Sicily was conquered by Muslim armies later.
After all, as theÂ Encyclopaedia of IslamÂ â€” considered as the reference work on Islam in the Muslim and non-Muslim academic worlds alike â€” says:
The duty of the jihad exists as long as the universal domination of Islam has not been attained. Peace with non-Muslim nations is, therefore, a provisional state of affairs only; the chance of circumstances alone can justify it temporarily. Furthermore there can be no question of genuine peace treaties with these nations; only truces, whose duration ought not, in principle, to exceed ten years, are authorized. But even such truces are precarious, inasmuch as they can, before they expire, be repudiated unilaterally should it appear more profitable for Islam to resume the conflict.
Things have changed since the 9th century: Muslims are not so strong militarily, and invasion and destruction take subtler forms.
Now they come to our shores carrying a white flag and a refugee label, demanding to be housed, fed and have all their needs met.
This, starting in 2011 after the beginning of the “Arab Spring”, was a pseudo-humanitarian crisis. The illegals overwhelmingly were not refugees; they were economic migrants in search of what they probably thought were easy jobs or welfare benefits in Europe. Tunisians should have remained in their country, to help rebuild the economy there.
Italy has been justly criticized for mishandling the situation and allowing the illegals to remain and to enter the rest of the EU through temporary visas. To really help the Tunisians, it would have been more useful to ship the illegals back to where they came from, after â€” if at all possible â€” establishing who among them was a real asylum seeker in danger of persecution.
Allowing our cities and towns to be flooded with Third World immigrants is as misguided as helping benefit scroungers, or giving international aid that is only going to make the receiving countries’ local tyrants richer to better oppress and use violence against their people; it is as unwise as giving money to alcoholics and drug addicts to buy their drug of choice.
Charity does not have to be a knee-jerk reaction dictated by misplaced feelings of guilt; it has to be accompanied by a rational evaluation. Not all charity helps its recipients.
Paolo Lo Iudice, the blogger ofÂ Vivere in TunisiaÂ about Italians living in Tunisia, says regarding the illegal migrants: “These people are Tunisian but do not love Tunisia. We have stayed here to defend our homes, jobs, projects and people in whom we believe, we love this land although we are not Tunisian. They should be ashamed of themselves, instead of rolling up their sleeves and building a new Tunisia they went to Italy spending 2,000 dinars just to get more money, most of them have all they need here in Tunisia, there is only one thing they lack…the desire to work”.
A year later, the so-called emergency was still not over in Lampedusa, with illegals having continued to arrive during the spring and summer from Sub-Saharan African countries such as Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia as well.