Speaking at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, General Kelly said that he’s personally seen Liberians waiting in Costa Rica to head north. [Kelly: Southcom Keeps Watch on Ebola Situation, by Jim Garamone, Department of Defense News, Oct. 8, 2014]
According to the General’s account, a group of men were waiting to pass into Nicaragua when they were approached by personnel from the American embassy. According to General Kelly,
“[T]hey told him they were from Liberia and they had been on the road about a week… They met up with the network in Trinidad and now they were on their way to the United States—illegally, of course. [They] could have made it to New York City and still be within the incubation period for Ebola.”As General Kelly put it:
“If [Ebola] breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States. They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”General Kelly warned that Ebola can’t be contained to Africa and quoted projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that predicted 1.4 million people will be infected with Ebola in Africa, with 62 percent of them dying.
Contrast this dire warning with the complacent assurances from director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden. Frieden’s main concern seems not to be that Ebola could come to the United States, but that evil Americans could use the disease as a reason to question immigration.
In a strange non sequitur, Frieden [Email him] attacked the idea of a travel ban by linking it to a border security fence.
A travel ban is not the right answer. It’s simply not feasible to build a wall – virtual or real – around a community, city, or country. A travel ban would essentially quarantine the more than 22 million people that make up the combined populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.Frieden says that limiting travel is pointless, because “people will move between countries, even when governments restrict travel and trade. And that kind of travel becomes almost impossible to track… to provide relief to West Africa, borders must remain open and commercial flights must continue.”
[CDC Chief: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola outbreak, by Tom Frieden, Foxnews, October 9, 2014]
The difference: while General Kelly is viewing the Ebola virus from a national security standpoint, Frieden is more interested in scoring ideological points. He’s essentially saying, bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe… all over us.
If it spirals out of control, the Ebola crisis will reveal whether the historic American nation has the will to survive. If we haven’t already gotten the message that mass immigration is destroying the country, perhaps a disease that makes people bleed from every orifice will convey the message. [Ebola hemorrhagic fever, U.S. National Library of Medicine]
However, as Frieden’s comments show, our leaders may, like the Europeans in Jean Raspail’s prophetic 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints, too full of white guilt and “Christian” goodwill to refuse the hordes. Could America become the Quarantine Camp of the Saints? In occupied America, truth is stranger than fiction. For decades, our politicians failed to secure our borders from an invasion of people who drive down our wages, hate our national heritage, abuse our welfare state, and can’t follow our laws. Now, there is a deadly disease sweeping across Africa and we can’t even bring ourselves to shut off travel from that enriching continent.
To be fair, some politicians, including Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, are making mild criticisms of the Obama Regime’s response to Ebola. But this makes no difference if the spread of the disease is not linked to mass immigration and the need for border security.
Take Thom Tillis of North Carolina. The Republican Senate nominee called for a travel ban from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. [Leading Republicans press for limits on travel to prevent spread of Ebola, by Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, Oct. 6, 2014]
However, he’s a proud member of the Stupid Party who’s blown a golden opportunity to attack his opponent Kay Hagan for her terrible record on immigration. Hagan claimed to oppose Amnesty in her first election campaign, but then voted for the Senate's Gang of Eight amnesty bill. [Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan called out for amnesty hypocrisy, by Tony Lee, Breitbart, August 22, 2014]
It’s hard to take his call for a “travel ban,” seriously, given that such a ban presupposes real border security.
Left out in all this are the opinions of the American people. An NBC survey “found that 58 percent of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from West African countries hardest hit by the virus, such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.” [Majority of Americans Want Flights Banned From Ebola Countries: Survey, by Phil Helsel, NBC, October 9, 2014]
Evidently, ordinary Americans are quite comfortable with being deprived of the enrichment that comes from diversity and want the privilege of living an Ebola-free life. But do our politicians have the will to defend the nation?
And if they don’t, do ordinary Americans have the will to do something about it – like impeach the people responsible?
Email Thomas Martel.