More refugees from Malta: Have we gone mad?

Arghhhhh!   Many months ago I wrote that we were going to take refugees from the Mediterranean island of Malta—simply to do a good deed.   These are not refugees!  They are African illegal aliens who have broken into Malta because the boats they were using to get to the mainland of Europe could not reach their destination.  Here is an update— we are taking them.

This would be like us sending our illegal aliens from Mexico off to Malta. 

To date, the UNHCR is continuing the screening process and has referred more than 260 cases which are now in process. A group of 15 Somalian refugees are departing from Malta for the United States tomorrow, and in the next few weeks, another group of refugees will be embarking on their journey to resettle in the U.S.

Ambassador Bordonaro observed that all refugees are assigned a sponsor agency that provides initial services such as housing, food, and clothing, as well as referral to medical care, employment services, and other support during a transition period lasting up to two years in order to ensure integration and assimilation. “I have personally met many of the refugees who are part of the programme,” Ambassador Bordonaro said, “and they will make outstanding U.S. citizens.”

Our ambassador actually thinks this is a great idea.   “Outstanding citizens!”  I guess she hasn’t been in touch with Shelbyville, TN or Emporia, KS recently.

And, of course the officials in Malta are tickled pink that because we understand the illegal alien issue so well we are happy to take theirs. 

In his remarks, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tonio Borg noted that this process, which commenced a year ago, is a clear declaration that the United States does understand the illegal immigration problem which is being faced by Malta. “This is a continuous process that should lead towards having hundreds of people to be resettled in the United States. This is a sign of friendship between two countries whereby the United States is clearly helping out Malta.”

Silly question I guess, but doesn’t all this actually encourage more Africans to take boats to Malta?

Update:  Can you believe it!  The morning after I wrote this post the Times of Malta is reporting 3 new boats arriving this week!  Did Ambassador Bordonaro run down to the shore to greet them?

And yet another Update moments later:   Here is another glowing article about the so-called “refugees” going to the promised land.  

Asked whether the resettlement of refugees in the US could bring more asylum seekers to Malta, Dr Borg [Malta’s Foreign Affairs minister] said he did not think the numbers would increase because of this possibility. He added that this was a convenient argument that some countries put forward to avoid burden sharing.

I wonder did Dr. Borg not know about the three boats just landed this week?  And, I wonder which part of our “burden” is he sharing.

Here is another post on the spring migration from Africa to Europe.

Avoiding assimilation through Muslim homeschooling

A friend sent me to VDARE today to see an immigration article she was recommending.  I couldn’t find it, but this one written by Joe Guzzardi, almost a month ago, jumped right out at me.  Homeschooling is something both Judy and I know a good bit about, having done it for many years.  We know very well the advantages of getting your children out of the public school system and we know how to make sure homeschooled children have many normal American kid activities. 

So it was disturbing to read this story about Muslims choosing homeschooling to keep their children from relating to American children—to make sure they don’t waiver from Islamic strictures.   Read about how one Muslim father was infuriated to see his daughter talk to a boy when leaving a class.  It reminded me of the poor Iraqi girl killed by her father in order to preserve his honor when he learned she was friendly with a British soldier.  

Guzzardi asks a logical question and discusses the ramifications, but doesn’t volunteer the answer. 

Here’s the common sense question I ask myself. If Islam is the most important thing in a Muslim’s life, then why migrate to a Christian country?

I know that if Christianity were paramount to me, I would never consider moving to an Islamic country, even if it were allowed.

And, knowing what we now know about immigrant Muslim resistance to assimilation, what’s in it for the United States? [nothing]

Since few Muslims will become Americans—at least as we define the concept—then the federal government owes it to us to honest about the ultimate outcome of its immigration policy.

The only thing that can come of leaving our doors open to the Islamic nation is a more balkanized America.

Why would Muslims who do not wish to assimilate come to America? 

The answer is that Islam requires its adherents to spread across the entire globe and to make Christians subservient to Islam. As preposterous as it probably sounds to you, Muslim immigrants are here to make America an Islamic (shariah governed) country someday even if it takes 100 years, or 500 or a thousand.   Because we Westerners don’t think in terms of religious supremacism, the answer to Mr. Guzzardi’s logical question will, for most, continue to be elusive.

 

Muslim on Muslim crime

Yesterday Jihad Watch had a good post about a mob of Jihadi Muslims in Indonesia burning a mosque of another sect of Islam, the Ahmadiyya.    The mob shouted “kill” “kill” as it torched the place.

Guess we will soon hear that we need to take more Ahmadiyya asylees, refugees, and immigrants due to the religious persecution they are experiencing.  But, who is doing the persecuting?  Muslims!  Against Muslims!

See the Jihad Watch post and note the comments.   The first reader to tell us that the Refugee Resettlement program is taking Ahmadiyya gets a gold star.

We have written about the Ahmadiyya community on many occasions during their failed attempt to get a special exception to the zoning in order to establish  a facility for 10,000 in a rural part of Maryland.  See Walkersville archives here.    I guess the Jihad Watch article demonstrates that fears of some citizens of Walkersville were not unfounded, the Ahmadiyya convention facility might have some day attracted violence as other sects of Islam attempt to wipe them out.

Coincidentally, the Frederick News Post also yesterday published a profile of Steve Berryman spokesperson for Citizens For Walkersville the grassroots group that was successful in protecting their small town from a well-funded and well-organized Ahmadiyya Community campaign to build a compound in the town.  Note the folks in Frederick are not shy about commenting.

Sign a petition to help Iraqi Christians

We’ve reported on Father Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) as part of a delegation that went to Jordan to check out the condition of Iraqi Christian refugees there. Now Fr. Roderick has alerted us to an effort by his group to bring the Iraqi Christians to the attention of the Bush administration and the UN. He wrote:

Iraq’s ancient Aramaic-speaking Christian community is facing a grave crisis that will ultimately impact other Christian communities in the Near East….

I visited with refugees in Jordan and Lebanon recently. It was obvious that they had been specifically targeted by Islamic extremists because they are Christians. In Iraq, they live with the daily threat of bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, vandalism, discrimination, extortion, and even death. The persecution comes from all sides — Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish extremists. Iraqi Christians are in urgent need of help.

Here is the petition he hopes will gain attention for these persecuted Christians:

Dear President Bush,

With each attack it is becoming more evident that an unexpected casualty of the war is finally surfacing: Iraq’s Christian community is facing extinction.

As a result of religious persecution, ongoing national instability and death threats, approximately 400,000 Iraqi Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.  Many of the 600,000 Christians who remain in Iraq are internally displaced.

The United States, having powerful leverage with government leaders in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in the north, is in a position to guarantee the survival of Iraq’s endangered Christians and other religious minorities.

I’m asking you to use the power and influence of the U.S. government to defend religious liberty in Iraq and create conditions that allow displaced Christians and other non-Muslim minorities to return to their homeland and live and worship in peace.

Please encourage the U.S. government to work towards developing a secure homeland province for religious minorities in Iraq.  The United States, together with United Nations agencies, should facilitate the voluntary return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons after effective security measures are taken.

Sincerely,

We urge you to sign the petition. It asks for the right action. We want to see the ancient Christian communities in Iraq saved. but that might not be possible. In lieu of that, Christians need their own homeland within Iraq. Fr. Roderick wrote that it is Islamic extremists who have targeted Christians. As we pacify Iraq and make it safe for ordinary Muslims, we need to make it safe for ordinary Christians (and other religious minorities) also.

An Anatomy of Surrender

That’s the title of a stunning piece by Bruce Bawer in the Spring issue of City Journal. The subtitle is “Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.”

Bawer shows by dozens of examples that Europeans especially, but Americans too, are submitting to the claims of Islam, to the detriment of our free speech and our other freedoms, and at the cost of lives and more.  Here are some excerpts:

The Western media are in the driver’s seat on this road to sharia. Often their approach is to argue that we’re the bad guys. After the late Dutch sociologist-turned-politician Pim Fortuyn sounded the alarm about the danger that Europe’s Islamization posed to democracy, elite journalists labeled him a threat. A New York Times headline described him as MARCHING THE DUTCH TO THE RIGHT.

….Perhaps no Western media outlet has exhibited this habit of moral inversion more regularly than the BBC. In 2006, to take a typical example, Manchester’s top imam told psychotherapist John Casson that he supported the death penalty for homosexuality. Casson expressed shock—and the BBC, in a dispatch headlined imam accused of “gay death” slur, spun the controversy as an effort by Casson to discredit Islam.

….When the Mohammed cartoons—published in September 2005 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten to defy rising self-censorship after van Gogh’s murder—were answered by worldwide violence, only one major American newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined such European dailies as Die Welt and El País in reprinting them as a gesture of free-speech solidarity. Editors who refused to run the images claimed that their motive was multicultural respect for Islam. Critic Christopher Hitchens believed otherwise, writing that he “knew quite a number of the editors concerned and can say for a certainty that the chief motive for ‘restraint’ was simple fear.” Exemplifying the new dhimmitude, whatever its motivation, was Norway’s leading cartoonist, Finn Graff, who had often depicted Israelis as Nazis, but who now vowed not to draw anything that might provoke Muslim wrath.

….The elite media regularly underreport fundamentalist Muslim misbehavior or obfuscate its true nature. After the knighting of Rushdie in 2007 unleashed yet another wave of international Islamist mayhem, Tim Rutten wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “If you’re wondering why you haven’t been able to follow all the columns and editorials in the American press denouncing all this homicidal nonsense, it’s because there haven’t been any.” Or consider the riots that gripped immigrant suburbs in France in the autumn of 2005. These uprisings were largely assertions of Muslim authority over Muslim neighborhoods, and thus clearly jihadist in character. Yet weeks passed before many American press outlets mentioned them—and when they did, they de-emphasized the rioters’ Muslim identity (few cited the cries of “Allahu akbar,” for instance). Instead, they described the violence as an outburst of frustration over economic injustice.

….When polls and studies of Muslims appear, the media often spin the results absurdly or drop them down the memory hole after a single news cycle. Journalists celebrated the results of a 2007 Pew poll showing that 80 percent of American Muslims aged 18 to 29 said that they opposed suicide bombing—even though the flip side, and the real story, was that a double-digit percentage of young American Muslims admitted that they supported it. U.S. MUSLIMS ASSIMILATED, OPPOSED TO EXTREMISM, the Washington Post rejoiced, echoing USA Today’s AMERICAN MUSLIMS REJECT EXTREMES. A 2006 Daily Telegraph survey showed that 40 percent of British Muslims wanted sharia in Britain—yet British reporters often write as though only a minuscule minority embraced such views.

You get the idea. The long article is well worth reading in its entirety.

It is this attitude that makes me oppose bringing Muslims here as refugees. If we were strong defenders of western civilization and American culture we would insist that Muslim immigrants and refugees live by our standards. We would not put up with polygamy, female genital mutilation, sharia finance, honor killings, Saudi-financed mosques and imams and radical curricula, college professors who support Islamic extremism, taxi drivers who refuse to carry passengers with wine or dogs, women who will not remove their veils for drivers licence photos, or any of the other ways that Islamism and sharia law are creeping into our society. But our elites in government, the media, education and entertainment are anything but strong defenders of our civilization.  In these circumstances we cannot afford to increase our Muslim population. Although individuals of the Muslim faith can be fine people, that is not the issue. The issue is the continual pushing of Muslim practices and laws within western societies. We need to fight that in any way we can.

Oh, and here is what I meant by “at the cost of lives and more”:

Back in 2001, Unni Wikan, a distinguished Norwegian cultural anthropologist and Islam expert, responded to the high rate of Muslim-on-infidel rape in Oslo by exhorting women to “realize that we live in a multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.”

….Last year, [Norway’s] most celebrated lawyer, Tor Erling Staff, argued that the punishment for honor killing should be less than for other murders, because it’s arrogant for us to expect Muslim men to conform to our society’s norms.

….In July 2007, a planned TV appeal by British cops to help capture a Muslim rapist was canceled to avoid “racist backlash.” And in August, the Times of London reported that “Asian” men (British code for “Muslims”) in the U.K. were having sex with perhaps hundreds of “white girls as young as twelve”—but that authorities wouldn’t take action for fear of “upsetting race relations.” Typically, neither the Times nor government officials acknowledged that the “Asian” men’s contempt for the “white” girls was a matter not of race but of religion.

 Can’t we please come to our senses?

Rising food prices put refugees in camps at risk

We’re going to hear a lot about rising food prices. People all over the world are starving, in the hundreds of millions. An article in the Ottawa Citizen  by Kate Heartfield about the refugees from Burma on the Thai border is headlined: “As the price of rice rises and refugee rations decrease, a vulnerable people will starve.”

While Canada congratulates itself on rescuing a few thousand refugees from the Thailand-Burma border, it seems willing to watch 140,000 starve, as rice prices threaten to shrink their rations to nearly nothing.

Burma is the source of a number of refugee populations throughout Asia. On the Thailand border, many refugees are from the Karen minority. Thailand refuses to allow most refugees to enter mainstream society and find work.

So the Karen families have been stuck in the camps for years, relying on food rations and watching for the Burmese soldiers that are still close enough to shoot.

 There’s good information about the Burmese refugee situation in general. Then back to the price of food.

Donors are tired of feeding refugees from one of the world’s longest-running crises. The aid organizations have already cut every “luxury” (i.e., mosquito nets) they can.

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, world food prices go through the roof.

In January, the consortium was paying about $350 Canadian per tonne of rice. On Thursday, the price hit $1,000 a tonne.

Mr. Dunford has been working in the border area since 1984. “We’ve seen our ups and downs and crises in the past, but this is on a different scale.” He compares it to a natural disaster — that’s how fast and how damaging the inflation has been.

Without extra aid, here’s what will happen:

The current daily ration is 2,126 calories, consisting of rice, beans, fish paste, oil, chilies, salt, sugar and fortified flour. If prices stay where they are now, each refugee will be limited to 944 calories a day, and the rations will consist only of rice and salt. If prices keep increasing, the ration will go to 555 calories a day.

The likely result: malnutrition, starvation and desperate people leaving the camps to make money in Thailand, illegally, any way they can.

The problem is that the need is so great all over the world. The U.S. provided $2 billion in worldwide food aid last year and is set to increase that to help in the current crisis. But it is more likely that aid will go to governments for their citizens rather than to refugees in camps. Look for greater suffering to come. 

Our government could help the situation immediately by ending the stupid ethanol program. While people are starving we are pouring our corn into our gas tanks. The current corn crop should go to feed people, not to satisfy environmental groups and the ethanol industry.

Keep the heathens out!

This is a horrible and heartwrenching story from Iraq.  Hat tip: The Unbeliever.   A 17-year-old fell in love with a British soldier and when her father found out he choked her to death.  He got off because it was a so-called honor killing sanctioned by Islam and also apparently just fine with the democratically elected government of Iraq.  Is this what we are fighting for?

 Here is a shortened version of the story (for the longer version, if you can stomach it, go here).

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl has been murdered by her father in an ‘honour killing’ after falling in love with a British soldier in Basra, The Observer can reveal.

Rand Abdel-Qader was killed after her family discovered she had formed a friendship with a 22-year-old infantryman she knew as Paul. Rand, who met the soldier while working on an aid project for displaced families, was suffocated by her father and then hacked at with a knife. All the time he was calling out that his honour was being cleansed, said Rand’s mother.

The father was arrested, held for two hours, then released without charge. ‘Not much can be done when we have an “honour killing”,’ said Sgt Ali Jabbar of Basra police. ‘You are in a Muslim society and women should live under religious laws.’

Rand’s mother, who divorced her husband after the killing, is now in hiding from her family and being looked after by a local charity. ‘She has been threatened by her husband’s family and is very scared,’ said a charity spokeswoman.

An MoD spokesman said there was no official policy on advising troops how to behave with Iraqi women, indicating that Paul would not have been told that their friendship might be putting her life at risk. ‘They are not told: don’t go and fall in love.’

Though this is believed to be the first ‘honour killing’ involving a British soldier, there were 47 such killings of young women in Basra last year, though only three convictions, said the Basra Security Committee. 

When we merrily admit thousands of Muslim men from Iraq in the refugee program (this year!) what makes all you do-gooders think the MUSLIM practice of honor killings won’t come with them? 

We should, however, immediately admit women with guts like this poor girl’s mother and the Christians who are truly in trouble!

I feel sorry for the British soldier but it’s this ignorance of Islam that will be our undoing. 

Honor killings are already happening in America, see our previous post here.