Editorials

The Future of Europe

When the king of Poland, Jan Sobieski, defeated the Ottoman army at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, that army of 23,000 soldiers did not have scores or hundreds of thousands of hungry and desperate civilians at its back, hoping to find a new life in Europe.  The Ottomans were attempting a military invasion of the Continent, not a demographic one.  The present crisis in Europe is not the fulfillment of Hilaire Belloc’s prediction of a renewed assault by Islam against Europe, but of Jean Raspail’s scenario in The Camp of the Saints, published in 1973, in which a flotilla of rusty ships from Calcutta lands hordes of desperate invaders on the southern coast of France.

As in Raspail’s novel, liberal Europe is demanding that limitless numbers of invaders be welcomed, resettled across Europe, and given all the benefits the European welfare states have to offer.  Chancellor Merkel, perhaps in an effort to soften her image as the heartless martinet who dragooned the Greeks into line, is at the forefront of this effort.  No one denies that the chaos in the Middle East and Africa is a terrible thing, yet the moral dilemma defined by Raspail is the same as today’s: To deny the migrants entry is to destroy them; to grant them entry is to destroy us.

The American and the European media alike describe a crisis in which the European Commission and the various European capitals are so compromised...

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