Daniel Pipes: Sweden opting for suicide by immigration?

That’s a good way of asking what our reporting for years seems to be leading to for Sweden.  Yesterday Daniel Pipes writing at National Review Online reports on how close the Swedes are to committing cultural suicide.

NRO:

Woe to anyone in Sweden who dissents from the orthodox view that welcoming large numbers of indigent peoples from such countries as Iraq, Syria, and Somalia is anything but a fine and noble idea. Even to argue that permitting about 1 percent of the existing population to emigrate annually from an alien civilization renders one politically, socially, and even legally beyond the pale. (I know a journalist threatened with arrest for mild dissent on this issue.) Stating that there exists a Swedish culture worth preserving meets with puzzlement.

Daniel Pipes: Before too long, the supreme issue of national suicide might actually be discussed. Photo: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/pipes_daniel

And yet, the realities of immigration are apparent for all to see: welfare dependency, violent bigotry against Christians and Jews, and a wide range of social pathologies from unemployment to politically motivated rape. Accordingly, ever-increasing numbers of Swedes find themselves — despite known hazards — opting out of the consensus and worrying about their country’s cultural suicide.

Efforts by the immigration restrictionists—Sweden Democrats—to debate immigration are being squashed from both the political left and the so-called political right.  I say woe to those countries without freedom of speech (no matter how unpopular the words are) because it leaves no place else to go but toward civil unrest and ultimately violence.

Maybe we should thank Sweden for helping the rest of us see and understand the lesson.

Read it all.

Back in 2013, we posted on an extremely good idea presented by Mr. Pipes—Let refugees stay in their own cultural zones.

Why won’t they?  Because Mohammed told them to MIGRATE!

See our complete ‘Invasion of Europe’ series, here.  Do you find it as puzzling as I do that there is so little mainstream media news coverage in the US of the on-going invasion of Europe?  Or more accurately, there is some coverage of individual issues and incidents, but no one really tying it all together and placing the blame squarely where it needs to be—on out-of-control Muslim migration.

Letter writer: Refugee resettlement an affront to States’ Rights

This letter to the editor from the Battle Creek Enquirer showed up in my alerts today.  I’m posting it for a couple of reasons.  First it raises that all-important point of States’ Rights and whether the federal government has the authority to simply drop off refugees to be cared for on the state and local taxpayers’ dime.

And, I’m posting it to remind readers to express your opinion publicly.  It won’t do any good to be well-read and knowledgeable about the immigration crisis we face and then do nothing about it.  While we still have free speech, use it, as this writer has done!  Figure out some way to reach new people every day!   [For the record, I do not know Patricia Cavanagh, but I am thankful to her for speaking out!]

From the Battle Creek Enquirer (Letter: Resettling Syrian refugees brings our ruin):

On Dec. 9, the State Department website reported the United State plans to lead in resettling Syrian refugees. “We are reviewing some 9,000 recent UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner Refugees) referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond.”

They are to be put on a fast track to citizenship and able to get their families here under The Refugee Act of 1980, signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. The cost is $2 billion per year and could cost $10 billion per year. Why hasn’t the news media disclosed these facts?

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

Oklahoma, Texas, Montana and Utah each passed laws declaring their states sovereign and not under the federal government directives. We the people should remind our state legislators of our rights given to us by the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Patricia Cavanagh

Coldwater

Editor’s note:  Sadly, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah are all big refugee resettlement states, Texas is the largest, so are they all talk and no action about reserving their sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment

Calling all lawyers!  To my knowledge, no one has ever challenged the federal refugee program (where the UN is choosing our refugees!) on Constitutional grounds.  We need some conservative legal group to step up!

Syrians in Cyprus: How These People Operate!

Editor’s note: Thanks to reader ‘Pungentpeppers’ for pulling together some important information for us in this guest post.

Their demands and signs like these will surely endear them to the people of Cyprus and Europe (not!). Photo and story: http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/12/30/refugees-say-theyre-at-breaking-point/#prettyPhoto

 

Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Cyprus say that they are “at a breaking point”.  You might remember hearing about them.  In September, 337 of them were headed – illegally – to Italy when their boat broke down.  The passengers described their ordeal, “We spent days at sea with no food and no water. There were so many people on the boat. We called it the journey of death.”

You would think that they would be grateful for being rescued.  They weren’t.  A passing cruise liner rescued them and took them to the nearest port, in Cyprus.  That’s when the group from Syria threw their first hissy fit.  They refused to get off the ship and demanded that the crew take them to Italy.  It did not matter that there were hundreds of paying passengers on the ship who had to get to their destinations.  They would not relent – until an elite group of Cypriot riot police arrived in force.

Since then the group have been enlightening the public about their financial dealings.  Some paid as much as $8,000 (6,400 euros) each for their first illegal boat rides.  Others, including children, paid $6,000 (4,900 euros).  You would think that perhaps they might have figured out that paying a lot of money to a lawbreaking smuggler is not a good idea.  But about two weeks ago, several from the group gave one of their own around $5,000 (4,000 euros) each after he promised he could get them off Cyprus and into mainland Europe. They had collected the sums from their apparently well-off relatives in Syria and Europe.  The would-be smuggler, however, disappeared along with the money. [I wonder which European country he went to?]

The group – who are staying in tents at a former military camp – are not happy campers.  One member of the group hung himself recently.  Only about 20 agreed to remain in Cyprus.  The rest are still holding out for Europe.

The other day, the group organized a demonstration with signs written in English.  One sign, “We want to live in safe country”.  Another sign goes further “We want the freedom of choose the country in which we want to live”.  (Ah, they must be Soros’ “globalists”!)  One protester complained that they cannot afford the fees to apply for residency in Cyprus.  That’s 70 euros or $85 – small change compared to $8,000 and perhaps an additional $5,000 apiece that these people paid before.  Why don’t they call their relatives again?

Members of the group complained that they expected to stay in hotels in Cyprus – not tents.  One woman, when she saw the tents, fell on the ground crying and shouting saying “we ran from death and now we were will endure a slow death, here at the camp”.  If they don’t like the tents, since they have thousands of dollars and apparently rich relatives, why don’t they pay for hotel rooms?  It’s the slow season in Cyprus and prices are low.

Yet, they still hold out for Dreamland Europe.  I hate to break it to them – but there is no housing there either.  Germany with its freezing climate is putting refugees in shipping containers.  The Swiss house asylum seekers underground, many to a room, in military bunkers.  In Sweden – unless you are willing to go to the far north – you will likely wind up sharing a kitchen and sleeping in a tiny apartment along with several other families.  In France, in places like Calais, you can find refugees living exposed to the elements, cooking and sleeping in tent camps.  [Take a look at this advertisement for one such accommodation.  It’s in French but has photos.  The amenities include neither water, nor electricity, but it offers a good view of the Calais “jungle”. Your bed is a scrap of carpet, your dining table is a shipping pallet.]

Somali woman lived on a bench!

And in Britain, times have changed.  Perhaps formerly a refugee could hope to get a council house.  Nowadays, due to massive immigration, housing has become a sorry situation.  Many people rent beds in garden sheds – or sleep in caravans.  Many others are homeless.  This year, one older Somali woman was reduced to living on a bench for nine months, while she was holding out for a council house.  [She used an umbrella for when it rained.]  Finally, one day when she was hospitalized, the local government removed even that small misused bit of accommodation.  See that story here at the Guardian.

We have an expression in the U.S., “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”.  The Syrians should consider making lemonade.

Go here for a few other posts we have written about the problems with illegal aliens arriving on Cyprus.

Swedish Somalis on trial in New York, suicide bombings are a forgivable sin…

….kind of like masturbation!

Since we just posted about “welcoming” Sweden it seems like a good time to mention a couple of the charming new Swedes they are exporting!

From the New York Daily News (hat tip:  crime investigator extraordinaire, ‘Pungentpeppers,’ who always finds the juiciest news!):

A reputed terrorist facing trial in Brooklyn likened killing innocent civilians in suicide bomb attacks to a “forgivable sin comparable to masturbation,” authorities disclosed.

Terror suspect Madhi Hashi. Apparently no photos available of the two additional “twisted” Muslims.

Federal prosecutors opened a window into the twisted mind of al-Shabaab goon Ali Yasin Ahmed in papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, where he is charged with co-defendants Madhi Hashi and Mohammed Yusuf with providing material support to the Somalia-based militant group, which has merged with al Qaeda to wreak havoc throughout the world. [The implication here is that Ahmed is twisted but in fact his thinking is right in line with Islamic teaching—ed]

Conversations between Ahmed and Yusuf, who are Swedish citizens, were intercepted in November 2008. Yusuf is heard voicing doubts about traveling to Somalia to join al-Shabaab in light of a series of suicide bombing attacks in Africa targeting buildings operated by the United Nations and the Somali government that killed 26 people, according to court documents.

But Ahmed puts his comrade’s jitters to rest, according to the court papers. “Ahmed minimized the significance of suicide bombings against civilian targets and suggested that if such attacks were in fact a sin, they were an immaterial, forgivable sin comparable to masturbation,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shreve Ariail, Seth DuCharme and Richard Tucker wrote.

The three defendants joined al-Shabaab and served under the command of Arabi-American Jehad Mostafa, a San Diego native who made the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. Hashi, 25, was allegedly a member of a suicide bombing unit. Ahmed 29, and Yusuf, 31, allegedly received military training.  [San Diego is an important Muslim refugee resettlement city***—ed]

If Yusuf once had second thoughts about becoming a foreign fighter, they were gone by 2010 when he starred in an al-Shabaab propaganda video called “Inspire the Believers” that sought to recruit jihadists, and also allegedly threatened to behead Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks for mocking the Prophet Mohammad, the feds stated.

Defense lawyers are seeking to dismiss the indictment, contending there is no basis to prosecute the trio in the U.S.

I don’t see anything about how the two charmers Sweden sent out into the world came into our custody, so if anyone sees more, please send a comment to this post and update us all.

*** By the way, back in 2008 and 2009 we learned that some of the Somali “missing youths” who were traveling out of the US were in fact driving to San Diego and from there crossing into Mexico en route to Somalia and Jihad training with Al Shabaab.  Don’t have time this morning to search for those links.

Another mosque fire in Sweden—the land that hands out welfare goodies and loves diversity

We reported on a previous arson fire involving a Swedish mosque, here a few days ago. (Update: Not so fast, more investigations fail to prove arson, here.)  I do hope we learn who is ultimately responsible because I have become so cynical that I think there is a chance that either other Muslims with grudges (Muslims like using fire for revenge!) are responsible, or that the fires are intentional to enhance the victim status of Muslims in Western countries for propaganda purposes.

If it turns out to be local Swedes striking the matches because of anger over immigration policy, then civil war is closer than I thought.

The latest mosque experiencing an arson attack is located in Eslöv, in the south of Sweden where diversity is blooming according to this informative website which proudly declares:

Apart from Swedish, some of the major languages are: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnia, Croatian, Serbian, Dari, English, Sorani, Kurmanji, Persian, Somali, Thai and Tigrinya.

From The Local (hat tip: ‘Pungentpeppers’):

UPDATED: Police suspect a mosque in southern Sweden was deliberately torched on Monday, with a local imam blaming rising Islamophobia in the region.

Imam Samir Muric fears for his safety. But, if you were so afraid would you allow a news outlet to take and publish your photo?

Emergency services were called to the mosque in Eslöv, a small city in the south of the country, at around 3.15am on Monday.

It is understood that the blaze began after flammable liquid caught fire in one of the rooms in the building.

Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and were able to prevent the fire spreading, although the flames still caused minor damage to the building. Firefighters suspect foul play.

“There is no possible natural explanation for this type of fire to break out by itself”, fire department spokesman Gustaf Sandell told Sveriges Radio.

Samir Muric, the local imam, said he was worried for his own safety. [What is Muric’s ethnicity? Sunni? Shia? Maybe this is an Islam on Islam crime? Why is that information never reported?—ed]

“Unfortunately, this is probably something to do with Islamophobia. I live close by and it’s beginning to feel unsafe,” he told the TT news agency.

You have to laugh because the Leftists in the media immediately link the arson story to the rise of the political right in Sweden:

Mosques in Sweden have been subject to growing numbers of attacks in recent months.

The fire comes less than a week after several people were hurt in a separate fire at a mosque in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on Christmas Day. Police say they are unable to confirm whether the blaze there was started on purpose.

Sweden, known for tolerance and refugee-friendly policies, saw a nationalist right party, the Sweden Democrats, become the third-largest force in parliament in legislative elections in September and reports of race-related violence are on the rise in the country.   [No mention of the race-related violence being perpetrated by Muslim youths!—ed]

In early December, the party brought down the government after less than three months by refusing to back its budget proposal in parliament.

On Saturday the government announced it had reached a deal with the opposition that will enable it to remain in power and to avert the country’s first snap elections in more than half a century, but the far right has threatened to hold a no-confidence vote.

See our extensive archive on Sweden here (my bet for the first country to collapse under the economic burden of “welcoming” the mostly Muslim migrants from the Middle East and Africa).

Our ‘Invasion of Europe‘ series is here.

Director of the Office or Refugee Resettlement Resigns

This is a story we missed earlier this month, but Chris Coen at Friends of Refugees blog spotted the news and reported on it here. (Hat tip: Joanne)

Eskinder Negash resigns.

Eskinder Negash, who has served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement for the last six years, tendered his resignation on December 9th, see it here, calling himself not a “political man.”  Of course the implication is that the job is a meat-grinder.

Check out Coen’s critical commentary of the Director’s time in his leadership role.

We don’t know what was going on behind the scenes that would push Negash out without having a plan for his future (as he indicates in his letter), but my big problem with his position there is that he himself was a federal contractor at the supposedly charitable US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), now on the federal payroll for 99% of its funds, before he came to the ORR.  By the way, the present head honcho at USCRI (Negash’s former boss) was also Bill Clinton’s Director of the ORR!

His partner over at the US State Department, Anne Richard, is also a former contractor.  And, I will bet that Negash is replaced by yet another high ranking executive from one of the nine federal contractors.***

The incestuous nature of the relationship between grantor and grantee must be investigated by Congress!  You can be sure the present system does not bode well for the US taxpayer being assured that waste, fraud and abuse is being monitored closely.  Heck, if there was an effort to seriously watch the contractors, the federal manager (Richard or Negash) would never get a job on the outside in the refugee industry again.

*** These are the nine VOLAGs (contractors) which monopolize the refugee resettlement program.  Let’s see which one sends a top level staffer to replace Negash!

Syrian Christian refugees headed to Turkey

Rarely do we see news about the persecuted Christians of Syria.  What we have seen indicated many were still in Syria and protected by the Assad government.  For new readers, when you see news of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians flooding into UN camps in Lebanon and Jordan, those are mostly Sunni Muslims (thus if we take refugees coming from those UN camps, we will get mostly Muslims in our upcoming batch of 10,000 or so).

This article at National Geographic is pretty interesting.   The only problem with going to Turkey is that they are persecuted for their ethnicity and their religion as they return to their ancient (pre-Islam!) homeland.

The fifth-century Mor Barsaumo church in Midyat, Turkey, draws Syriac Christians in what was once the faith’s heartland, as well as refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq. Photograph by Monique Jaques, National Geographic

Many are waiting in Midyat for their applications for asylum in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to be approved.

National Geographic:

MIDYAT, Turkey—On most afternoons, Mor Barsaumo, a honey-colored, fifth-century stone church nestled in a warren of slanted streets, draws a crowd. In the narrow courtyard, old men smoke cigarettes and drink coffee, while children kick a soccer ball across the stone floor. In a darkened classroom, empty except for a few desks, a teacher gives private lessons in Syriac, derived from Aramaic, the language of Christ.

And now, the refugees also come.

Advised by relatives or other refugees, newcomers to Midyat often make the steps of the church their first stop. Midyat and its environs—known in Syriac as Tur Abdin, “mountain of the servants of God”—are the historical heartland of the Middle East’s widely dispersed Syriac Orthodox Christian community. Now the region has become a haven as the fighting in Syria and Iraq has forced Christians to flee their homes.

“All Syriac Christians come here. Most of the aid is delivered from here,” says Ayhan Gürkan, a deacon at Mor Barsaumo and a member of the Tur Abdin Syriac Christians Committee, set up to look after Midyat’s Christian refugees.

But, even their refuge in Turkey is temporary:

For the four monks at Mor Gabriel Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, the flight of so many refugees to Europe is a painful reminder of how little is left of their world. A few refugees stay intermittently at the monastery, where they receive free room and board as well as money for doing odd jobs, but many head to Europe.

Here, Isa Gulten, an archdeacon at the monastery, conducts sporadic lessons in Syriac. This time, it’s for an audience of one: a German of Syriac descent studying to become a priest when he returns to Berlin. “You are listening to the original language of Christ,” Gulten says, reading a passage from St. Paul’s epistles.

“As Christians, we suffer doubly in the Middle East,” he says, pointing to the difference with Turkey’s Kurds, most of whom are Sunni Muslims. “The Kurds here are persecuted just for their ethnicity. But we are persecuted for both our ethnicity and our faith.

Read it all.

As far as we know, only Canada has said specifically it will take Syrian Christians as a first priority, and as you can imagine the ‘humanitarian industrial complex’ is not pleased!

Has anyone heard anything out of the contractors, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, specifically about these Syrian Christians?