Paul Wood writes:
The refugees are not poor, nor in fear of their lives, he says. They all have money to pay the smugglers; they all want to go to rich countries, not countries like Romania or even Hungary; many of them are Islamists, and some of them are ISIS supporters. He fears Muslims will gradually take over Western Europe.
The picture moves us so much because the dead child was dressed like one of our children. Had he been dressed in Middle Eastern clothes, it wouldn’t have such a big impact.
No one drowns trying to get to Singapore because Singapore accepts no asylum seekers. This is the only way the drownings will stop.
Adm. Christopher Parry, one of the Royal Navy’s cleverest strategists, warned in a paper in 2006 that Britain and Europe faced being overrun by mass migration from the Third World within 30 years because of population growth and environmental destruction. The Internet, cheap flights, and free international phone calls would hinder assimilation. (Is there anything left to assimilate to nowadays?)
He compared the plight of the West with that of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. The Blair government liked to encourage senior public servants to indulge in blue-sky thinking, but Admiral Parry had taken it too far. He was silenced and accused of racism.
Nine years have gone past since then…