Greenfield is a New York-based Israeli whose world view clearly has much in common with Benjamin Netanyahu’s. The essay is an astute exposition of the Third World migration threat, and deserves reading:
Let's compare two countries side by side. Country A has a sizable middle class and economy, social welfare benefits and a low birth rate. Country B is a failed state where thugs run amok in the street, a few families control the economy and the birth rate is off the charts…A great value of this article is the analysis it develops of the political process involved:
Since Country B's workers want the social welfare benefits, they move to Country A. Country A ends up with a huge failed state population and dramatically increases its social welfare spending for them. Bankruptcy threatens, but change is almost impossible because the pro-social welfare benefits party has become very hard to beat. The pro-reform parties no longer tackle immigration, but try to get the immigrant vote. Their reforms turn into band aids. Country A slides toward the abyss. Country B continues shipping more immigrants every year who remain loyal to its culture and religion.
The Western left has committed itself to multiculturalism, the Western right has committed itself to free enterprise— and both positions make it hard to choke off the flow of migrants. The social welfare left and the anything for a buck right need more immigrants because there are jobs that the natives just won't do, like work without under the table without benefits while putting eight kids and two wives on the welfare rolls. The irresponsibility of corporations and social welfare lobbies inflates budgets and increases crime, while the blame gets passed around. And then you end up with cities that are No Go Zones, Imams preaching Jihad and Mexican flags waving at protests— all because companies wanted cheap labor and left wing politicians wanted to build a constituency.Meanwhile, after a weeklong lull probably caused by weather, Colonel Gaddafi’s enterprising Camp of the Saints counter offensive has resumed:
Between Friday and Saturday, about 1,500 migrants — almost all of them African migrant workers fleeing conflict in Libya — arrived to Lampedusa's shores after a week-long lull in arrivals.Libya refugees rescued near Italy AFP May 29 2011
Since the Italian authorities are supinely transshipping these invaders to the mainland, there is no reason to expect the flow to stop.
Unless Italy’s Politicians become Statesmen and tell NATO that overthrowing Gaddafi is not worth this price.
These people will not all stay in Italy.