Fortress Europe

By Cyberquill 03/20/201612 Comments

Opposition to a so-called “Fortress Europe”—i.e., the enforcement of designated points of entry, a requisite corollary to the outlandish concept that a country, or a union of nations, should be in a position to ascertain the identity and regulate the flow of new arrivals—appears to rest on the daringly sanguine premise that the number of migrants entering through unsecured borders will never exceed a certain limit at which Europe’s capacity to distribute and integrate newcomers in a humane and orderly manner would be exhausted and all-out chaos would ensue.

In other words, that no matter how many famines and civil wars break out on this warming and ever more drought-ridden planet of seven billion people—to which, at the present rate, another billion is added every thirteen years—the number of refugees and asylum seekers pouring into Europe will always remain manageable (at least assuming the E.U. were to eventually get its act together on the equitable distribution front).

That the number will cap itself, as it were, commensurate with Europe’s ability to handle the influx in terms of providing the kind of assistance that wealthy nations are expected to provide to downtrodden individuals seeking shelter and protection from intolerable hardship abroad.

That if Europe ever came close to reaching a point where keeping basic tabs on and providing basic services to at least the majority of migrants that splashed ashore willy-nilly became unfeasible—and all Europe could do were to stand back, watch the huddled masses come in, and more or less leave them to fend for themselves—the influx would somehow peter out and stop on its own.

So assuming no Fortress Europe were put in place, what exactly might be the nature of this mysterious self-regulating mechanism—on which the anti-Fortress forces appear to rely implicitly—that will prevent untrammeled immigration into Europe from attaining critical mass at some as yet unspecified point in the future?

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  • CHERI

    The real issue is not how many Muslim immigrants enter Europe but how they will rarely assimilate (other than use the host country’s educational, social, and medical systems). Isn’t this the crux of the problem? I am not in Austria or Germany or England but the last time I checked, most terrorist activity has come from people who follow Allah.

    • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

      Most terrorist activity these days indeed comes from people that self-identify as Muslims and purport to follow Allah, A lot of it, though, I suppose, derives from a profound misunderstanding of what Allah wants them to do.

      As far as integration, I’m not sure about exactly how “rarely” it occurs, for the ones that do integrate are difficult to pick out from the crowd, but many of them certainly seem rather disinclined to shake their wonted ways, just as it would be difficult for me to muster much enthusiasm for adapting to the Islamic way of life, should I ever find myself permanently stranded in Yemen or some such place.

      So yes, mass migration from Muslim countries does make for an awkward culture clash, which plays out before our very eyes as we speak. Europeans, generally speaking, don’t like to see too many hijabs at their local supermarkets. This is often confused for racism, but it’s actually Islamophobia. (Europeans are allowed to bitch about the invasion of their culture by Starbucks, McDonald’s, and the ever progressing Anglicization of their native languages with impunity all day long, but we must be extremely careful when it comes to expressing concern about cultural intrusion from an easterly direction.)

      • CHERI

        What has just happened in Brussels is to my point.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

        Yeah, it seems that nutty jihadists make up a fraction (be it ever so tiny) of any Muslim population, so the more Muslims you allow into your country, the more jihadists will inevitably be among them.

        But then many on the left will argue it is precisely this suspicion that makes Muslims feel not welcome in the West, and the ensuing sense of disaffection makes some of them particularly susceptible to jihadist propaganda — in other words, that Western misgivings about Islam are the primary driver of terrorism.

        • Cheri

          I’ve heard this argument somewhere before….hmmmmm…yes…it’s our fault that they feel so disenfranchised that they just start beheading “folks” to coin our president’s lingo…

          • Richard

            Whatever the truth here, and it is probably more complex than any of us imagine, we might heed the fact that once upon a time in Pakistan Muslims and Christians lived happily and peacefully together as friends and neighbours in a spirit of tolerance and acceptance. Now we have yesterday’s outrage in Lahore.

        • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

          The Economist opines today that “intolerance helps turn discontents into sympathisers and radicals into bombers.”

          So there you have it.

          • Cheri

            The Economist is now wholly predictable in most of its positions (that’s why I no longer subscribe or read it) which are left. Of course the E would say that it is the intolerance of others that has created vicious bombers who put fallen pilots into cages and set them a fire. I remind you that there a number of groups--Jews, one of them) who have dealt with intolerance for thousands of years and who have not become worldwide terrorist barbarians. Rubbish!

        • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

          The position is valid in the sense that young disaffected Muslim immigrants (including, and perhaps particularly, 2nd and 3rd generation) seem somewhat more prone to committing terrorist acts than young disaffected Jewish or Pastafarian immigrants. So any country that allows Muslim immigrants in, by affording them an especially warm welcome and taking above-average pains to cater to their wishes and needs, may indeed be able to reduce the number among them willing blow up a local mall or an airport because the prospect of hanging with 72 virgins in heaven holds greater appeal for them than the burdensome life they have down here.

          • Cheri

            True enough.

  • Richard

    Excellent analysis and foresight. Brief and to the point.

    I suggest you email it to Juncker, Tusk, Schulz & Co, telling them to take the necessary action.

    • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

      Email them? What makes you think these people don’t read my blog?

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