Here, for your entertainment, is the shaming of Europe by the New York Times. And a little commentary from Dumb Times:
First came Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
The horror! The horror!
Then the horrific attack in Nice, France, which killed 84 people. Then, on Friday, a shooting near a shopping mall in Munich, which the police are treating as a possible terrorist attack.
These events alone would be cause for a continental nervous breakdown. But still unresolved is an even bigger threat to European stability:
I wonder what this huge, big threat is?
A failure to develop a coherent, humane plan to deal with the inexorable flow of desperate people fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and Africa and seeking a new home in Europe.
Oh yes, of course. The biggest threat is the possibility of Europe failing to import as many Middle Easterners and Africans as possible. If you thought caring about the lives of Europeans should be a greater concern, you were dead wrong.
This is a humanitarian tragedy, arising partly from Europe’s failure to put enough resources into rescue efforts and partly from its failure to develop legal channels for desperate people intent on reaching Europe.
Don’t you see? It’s Europe’s responsibility to make sure the hoards from Africa and the Middle East can get to Europe as safely and securely as possible. It just is!
Another part of the problem is Europe’s Dublin Regulation, which stipulates that asylum seekers file applications in the country of first arrival. That has put an unfair burden on Italy and Greece; a plan to ease that burden by distributing some refugees to other nations has foundered.
As you know, the camp of the saints hoards should get to live in whichever bit of Europe they want. The one with the biggest welfare benefits, probably. So making them settle for Italy is, probably, a human rights abuse. And making them settle for Turkey… Is just, y’know. Plain wrong! Okay?
Meanwhile, the refugee issue continues to stoke fears and xenophobic politics.
I wonder how many migrant attacks it takes before an irrational fear becomes a rational one?
If Europe fails to face this problem squarely and humanely, more migrants will die, and a union that has kept the peace in Europe for decades could well unravel.
The union has kept the peace in Europe… Also Lisa’s rock prevents tiger attacks…