…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Oh so compassionate and merciful Left! Just as that proverbial Allah.
Somewhat old news, but the ABC 7.30 Report on 04-09-2013 out of 20,000 or so of illegal Muslim arrivals managed to pick up two from Iran, who somewhat reluctantly and most unconvincingly described themselves as non-Muslims. They were on the bowling alley outing. If my memory serves me right, the bowling is not exactly cheap. Who paid ? Benighted Australian taxpayer no doubt, either through the Social Security Department or the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It was also made clear to the viewers that those specimens had been in constant telephone contacts with relatives in Iran. No fear there. And they are not out of their pocket for that – you are.
The Travel issue of The Economist (01-05-2015) attracted my attention in the library. Well, not exactly an official travel issue, but the front page featured the tourist advertisement “Europe’s boat people” and the back one, appropriately, the ad for Louis Vuitton luggage. The subtitle on the front page read – “A moral and political disgrace”. Not the disgrace of the Arab and African rulers, unable to provide their people with tolerable living conditions; or the disgrace of the people, who, being already over a half a century free of the white oppressors let themselves to be ruled by the oppressors of the same colour of skin, but, you guessed it, the disgrace of white Europeans.
I am not denying that there are genuine refugees, i.e. people who fulfil the definition as contained in Article 1 of UNHCR Convention and Protocol relating to the status of refugees. However, the wast majority of the current masses of illegal immigrants does not.
The above mentioned Economist’s article provided three, presumably the best examples:
As Ghanian welder sitting outside the café puts it, “Life is dangerous where ever you go. I could be killed on a building site here. So I go.”
It would seem he is employed, with time on his hands, (sitting outside a café), with fatalistic or adventurous tendencies. Shouldn’t he work for the prosperity of Ghana at home?
Daouda Boubacar … the 22-year-old waiter in a busy café on the outskirts of Bamako, the capital of Mali, is saving for a journey that will take him by bus to Gao in the north. From there he hopes to travel by lorry across the Sahara to Algeria and then Libya. That will open up the uncertain prospect of crossing the Mediterranean by boat in order to find a better paying job on the other side. He has saved $1,500 so far, he thinks he will need more than that.
Mali’s income per capita is estimated $1,100, so this young waiter is doing very well. Hardship? Does Europe need more waiters?
In Egypt Fares Albashawat also dreams of a passage to Europe. After being shot a number of times by forces loyal to Bashar Assad (presumably when at home watching Master Chef) he fled his native Syria for Lebanon. When word came that militants from Hizbullah were looking for him the family upped the sticks again, making it to Egypt in July 2013… Mr Albashawat, still suffering from his wounds, could travel no farther and has been seeking resettlement through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees… Around the beginning of April his wife, tired of the wait, chose to leave Alexandria and continue to Europe with their daughters.
This is the best the immense financial resources of The Economist, and I dare to say, its PC ill-will, could provide to support its claim that the European workers are morally obliged to finance the new arrivals. The problem is that the tear-jerker, it-is-your-moral-duty approach by the gaggle of politicians, periodistas and assorted third-rate academics, who will make sure that they themselves suffer no real detriment, creates amongst the normal people the wave of resentment in which genuine refugees will be caught.
The Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on her summer Mediterranean cruise looking for an about-to-drown-refugee personifies H. G. Wells’ statement: Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.