Friday, 24 June 2011

In 376 the Roman emperor Valens allowed Gothic immigrants to cross into the territory of the Roman empire. He had made careful agreements with them, imposing various conditions on their passage, for example that they would adopt Christianity and so forth. Despite this, the whole experience very quickly began to go sour. Two years later, the Emperor Valens was killed at Adrianople fighting the immigrants he had let in. The Goths then proceeded to cause havoc throughout Italy over the new few decades, even sacking Rome itself in 410, something that would have seemed incredible not long before. In 476, exactly one hundred years after the immigrants had been allowed in, their descendants brought the Roman empire to an end.

The parallels with contemporary Europe are obvious. Since third-world immigrants began to be admitted in large numbers in the 1950s and 60s, they have caused absolute havoc for indigenous Europeans, creating hostile, high-crime environments in most major cities, conjuring massive national security threats through terrorist activities and extra-territorial loyalties. (Let's not forget our presence in Afghanistan has been justified by the need to shut down terrorist training camps there, camps that would be attended by Muslims who were born in Britain so they could learn how to murder indigenous Britons more effectively.) Unless tumultuous political change occurs, the indigenous people of Britain are expected to become a minority in their own country sometime this century, and the pattern repeats itself elsewhere in Europe. So 100 years is about how long it will take for us too after the fatal decision to allow in immigrants was made.

[Incidentally, I thought I had made a post about this before but it doesn't seem to be on the site any longer. I'm worried Google might be losing posts.]

The obvious conclusion to draw from this would be: Don't let large numbers of foreigners into your country. The Guardian, however, contrives to draw another conclusion: be nice to refugees!

If there was one lesson that we might learn from Adrianople, it is that although it can never be guaranteed that generous treatment towards those who put themselves under our protection will ever be reciprocated, ungenerous behaviour can be absolutely guaranteed to breed bitterness, resentment and ultimately disaster. It is lesson that we would do well to heed.



Johnny Rottenborough said...

‘Be nice to refugees’ is the watchword of a Swedish politician, Jens Orback. He’s quoted in this essay as saying: ‘We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and the Muslims because when we become a minority, they will be so towards us.’

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